'World's longest' hanging pedestrian bridge opens in Switzerland - VIDEO - 30 July 2017
"A nearly 500m (1,640ft) bridge for hikers billed as the longest hanging pedestrian bridge in the world has opened near the Swiss town of Zermatt.
The 494m bridge, named the Europabrücke (Europe Bridge), hangs up to 85m above the Grabengufer ravine." (BBC) Watch another video (in French). (20minutes.fr)
10 Bridge Traditions From Around the World 1. WISH LOCKS, FENGYUAN, TAIWAN 2. TOUCHING SAINT JOHN OF NEPOMUK, CHARLES BRIDGE, PRAGUE 3. GREETING THE FAIRIES, ISLE OF MAN 4. GOOD LUCK ANIMALS ON THE BRIDGES OF ST. PETERSBURG 5. KISSING AT THE CRIM DELL BRIDGE, WILLIAM AND MARY COLLEGE 6. JAMES RIVER FOOTBRIDGE ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL 7. STARI MOST IN MOSTAR 8. DRIVING SHEEP OVER LONDON BRIDGE 9. KISSING BRIDGES, USA10. MEASURING IN SMOOTS, HARVARD BRIDGE (mentalfloss.com)
A Visual Tour of the World's Longest Sea Bridge - Article + Photos
"The 26-mile Jiaozhou Bay bridge, which was built over the course of four years for $1.5 billion, links China's eastern port city of Qingdao to an offshore island, Huangdao." (theatlanticwire.com)
Falkirk Wheel = "a rotating boat lift connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal.
The difference in the levels of the two canals at the wheel is 24 metres..." (Wikipedia)
BRIDGES - "Match the type of bridge with the correct picture."
Sutong Bridge It "is a cable stayed bridge that spans the Yangtze River
in People's Republic of China between Nantong and Changshu.
With a span of 1,088 metres (3,570 ft), it is a cable stayed bridge
with the longest main span in the world..." (Wikipedia)
Thames Tunnel(BBC) " In this edition of London Life we celebrate one of the great
engineering achievements of all time - the first tunnel to be built
under a river anywhere in the world - the Thames Tunnel." - audio + script + vocabulary
The Smart Buildings Of The Future - with an animated infographic
"Our world is changing at a rapid pace. Smart technology allows architects to think beyond traditional boundaries.
Buildings of the future will connect the various pieces of the structure in an integrated, dynamic and functional way." (rubberbond.co.uk)
Dubai Creek Harbour Introduces The Tower
"Situated on the coast of Dubai Creek and only 10 minutes away from Downtown Dubai, Dubai Creek Harbour is a master mixed-use development and will be the city’s newest metropolitan hub..." (YouTube)
World’s 5th Tallest Building Opens in South Korea - Text + Audio + Video + Pictures - 8 April 2017
"The fifth-tallest building in the world, the Lotte World Tower, has opened in South Korea.
The 123-story structure is the country’s tallest building, rising 555 meters above the Seoul skyline." (learningenglish.voanews.com)
The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour | Emaar
"In the heart of Dubai, surrounded by the ecosystem that is Dubai Creek Harbour, a vision is born.
Built to exceed all limits, the new icon of the 21st century will become a part of your lifestyle, a friendly face that guides you home." (YouTube)
US diggers unearth pharaonic tomb in Egypt's Luxor - 10 March 2015
"The tomb, found at Al-Qurna archaeological site in Luxor, dates to the period of the New Kingdom (1550-1070 BC)
and its walls show scenes of celebrations and daily life at that time, the antiquities ministry said." (phys.org)
World' s largest building opens in China (July 3, 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
"China is building up a large collection of the biggest things in the world. The latest addition is the world' s largest building." (breakingnewsenglish.com)
Skyscrapers - past, present and future
"Since its birth more than 100 years ago, the humble skyscraper has grown and matured. Shimmering glass and steel replaced classic stone exteriors,
as each incarnation pushed ever skyward. But, for the latest generation of buildings, being the tallest is not necessarily the main concern.
In the latest in a BBC News series on these giant structures, deputy editor of Architects' Journal Rory Olcayto looks back to the skyscrapers of the past - and considers how their descendants are evolving today." (BBC)
Saudi Arabia Begins Construction of World’s Tallest Building – The Kingdom Tower "1,000 meters, or 3,280 feet. That’s two-thirds of a mile...
It features a Four Seasons hotel, Four Seasons serviced apartments, luxury condominiums, top class office space and the world’s highest observatory... The total cost for the tower is approximately $1.2 billion...
One of the tower’s investors, Al Maimam, explains in Forbes, “We intend Kingdom Tower to become both an economic engine and a proud symbol of the Kingdom’s economic and cultural stature in the world community. We envision Kingdom Tower as a new iconic marker of Jeddah’s historic importance as the traditional gateway to the holy city of Mecca.” " (singularityhub.com)
Highest Glass Floor in the World
"Not content with having the tallest building in America, the owners of Sears Tower in Chicago have installed four glass box viewing platforms which stick out of the building 103 floors up. The balconies are suspended 1,353 feet in the air..."
World’s tallest building opens in Dubai - a lesson plan
"The height of the 828-metre Burj Khalifa was kept a secret until the opening ceremony. It is twice the height of New York’s Empire State Building." WARM-UPS :
TALL BUILDINGS / MOST / BEST / BIG IS BEAUTIFUL /
PLACES TO STAY / BUILDING (breakingnewsenglish.com)
plans 'moving' skyscraper
"The world's first moving building, an 80-storey tower with
revolving floors giving a shifting shape, will be built in Dubai,
its architect says...
The 420-metre (1,378-foot) building's apartments would spin a full
360 degrees, at voice command, around a central column by means
of 79 giant
power-generating wind turbines located between each floor. " + a VIDEO (BBC)
Tower plans unveiled
"Italian architect David Fisher has unveiled his plans to create
the world's first revolving skyscraper.
Taller than the Empire State Building, the so-called Dynamic Tower
will be built in Dubai, with a second version featuring a retractable
helicopter pad, later planned for Moscow." (BBC)
Burj Dubai- the official site The Tower / Facts and Figures / In & Around / Gallery & Press... (burjdubai.com)
Burj Dubai 1 Height
2 Architecture and design
4 Labour controversy
5 Gallery... (Wikipedia)
Starts on Freedom Tower- a lesson plan(Education World)
"A new tower at the site of the former World Trade Center will
be the tallest building in the U.S. when it is completed in 2011."
Designs for Ground Zero - (PBS)
"An interactive look at the various buildings that are being
planned for the former World Trade Center site as of September 2004."
Great buildings (greatbuildings.com)
"This gateway to architecture around the world and across history documents
a thousand buildings and hundreds of leading architects, with 3D
models, photographic images and architectural drawings, commentaries,
bibliographies, web links, and more, for famous designers and structures
of all kinds."
9 Beautiful Island Castles Around the World
"Castles are strategically placed on cliffs or islands to protect against invaders.
Some of the castles however were built as luxurious gifts to occupy the rich’s privately owned island.
Whatever the reason for building these castles, they surely look good standing on small islands making the territory look like a different world to live in." (whenonearth.net)
Boldt Castle, New York, USA
Kids'Castle with stories, word games, Dress the Knight, puzzles, wordsearches, quizzes etc. (kidsonthenet.org.uk)
Seven Wonders of the Modern World(wonderclub.com) The Empire State building, the Itaipu Dam, the CN Tower, the
Panama Canal, the Channel Tunnel,
the North Sea Protection Works, and the Golden Gate Bridge.