On the Move: Our 5 Favourite Transportation Videos Released in 2019
2019 saw us explore iconic skyscrapers, housing,
construction's impact on the climate emergency, the formation of entire new cities on man-made islands and some of the world's most extreme developments.
But we also covered some pretty incredible transportation projects that have helped to shrink the world around us.
From the United States’ long gestating high-speed rail ambitions, to the world's largest airport terminal and the evolution of the elevator, these were our five favourite transportation videos released in 2019.
IS AMERICA FINALLY ON TRACK WITH HIGH SPEED RAIL?
For decades the United States (US) has been trying to introduce high-speed rail systems that would rival existing networks in Europe and Asia, getting people out of their cars and onto trains.
Progress, however, has been slow. Now in Texas, high-speed rail has moved one step closer to becoming a reality.
BUILDING CHINA'S $12BN MEGA AIRPORT
China is no stranger to record-breaking infrastructure projects. Already home to the world’s largest dam, longest ocean crossing and most extensive high-speed rail network, the country has now completed one of the largest airports ever conceived.
THE WORLD'S LARGEST INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS
The world we all inhabit relies on built infrastructure. Without it we wouldn’t be able to transport food, goods or services. We couldn’t power our homes or access clean water. We couldn’t travel or commute.
Quite literally enabling our societies to function, the importance of infrastructure has grown significantly in recent years as the global population expands, and as more people than ever are living in cities.
Pushing engineering to the limits, impacting billions of people and generating some almost unfathomable statistics, these are the largest infrastructure projects currently under construction on each of the six inhabited continents.FIVE AIRPORTS TAKING-OFF BY 2025
Today, more 3.5 billion passengers travel by plane each year - that’s equivalent to half of our planet’s population.
With state-of-the-art facilities, automated systems, artificial intelligence, vast construction project teams and designs from some of the world’s leading architects - welcome to the new age of airport design.
ELEVATORS: RAISING THE ROOF SINCE 1854
Tall buildings would not be possible without them. Revolutionising building design, disrupting established conventions, shaping our cities and making our vertical world viable, elevator systems have continually helped engineers and designers raise the roof of structures – from the early skyscrapers of the 1800s to the incredible projects of today, that push the very limits of construction capability.
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