From Willis Tower to One World Trade Center, skyscrapers are emblematic of the world's great cities. Since their beginnings in the late 19th century, these tall towers have constantly evolved as architects and structural engineers pushed the boundaries of what's possible. Skyscrapers: Engineering the Future, puts the spotlight on what the world's most ambitious cities are doing to transform their skylines with designs that seem to defy gravity.
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World's Tallest Buildings
Episode 1x6; May 29, 2019
Dubai's Burj Khalifa is over 2,700 feet high and the tallest building in the world, and as engineers race to top this record-setting height with cutting-edge tech, a new 3,200-foot-tall building in Saudi Arabia is poised to take the crown.
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1x5: Cities in the Sky
1x4: The New Colossus
1x3: Rise of the American Titans
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