Bridges, Domes, Dams, and Tunnels :
- 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
- World’s Longest Bridges Open in China (2nd July, 2011) - a lesson plan (newsenglishlessons.com)
- THE LONGEST SEA 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..."
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
Great Buildings :
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."
- One World Trade Center is 'tallest building in US' - 12 November 2013
"A committee of architects has declared New York City's newly erected One World Trade Center the tallest building in the US, at 1,776ft (541m)."
- 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."
World's 'tallest twisted tower' inaugurated in Dubai - 12 June 2013
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."
7 famous skyscrapers - "Listen and Watch this presentation. Then, take the quiz!"
Created by Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)
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.” "
- DUBAI DYNAMIC TOWER :
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
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."
- Burj Dubai
- the official site
The Tower / Facts and Figures / In & Around / Gallery & Press...
Starts on Freedom Tower - a lesson plan
"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
"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."
Boldt Castle, New York, USA
with stories, word games, Dress the Knight, puzzles, wordsearches, quizzes etc.
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.