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A new generation of skyscrapers is rising above our cities–Super Skyscrapers. With less space in urban areas, we are building higher and faster than ever before. But for these skyscrapers, it’s not just building big that counts—it’s thinking big. These skyscrapers are pushing the limits of engineering, technology, and design to become greener, stronger, smarter, and more luxurious than their predecessors. All are destined to become the celebrity giants of the future.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoOne World Trade Center||From PBS - Following 9/11, newspapers predicted the end of the skyscraper era. But instead, New York responded with a super tall structure that has “security” running through its every girder. A skyscraper not just built because of 9/11- it’s built in response to 9/11. This is the incredible story of the in final year of construction of One World Trade Center.||54:46||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoBuilding the Future||From PBS - Commonly known as “the cheese grater,” the Leadenhall Building is the pinnacle of London’s avant-garde architecture. Designed as a tapered tower with a steel exoskeleton, it’s the tallest skyscraper in the City of London and the most innovative. The teams behind the Leadenhall project had to radically rethink every aspect of the traditional building model. This program follows the monumental challenges that come with erecting this super skyscraper: it will be constructed off-site, delivered to location, and stacked and bolted together like a giant Lego set.||54:46||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Vertical City||From PBS - Shanghai Tower isn’t just a skyscraper — it’s a vertical city, a collection of businesses, services and hotels all in one place, fitting a population the size of Monaco into a footprint the size of a football field. Within its walls, residents can literally work, rest, play and relax in public parks, looking up through 12 stories of clear space. Not just one, however, but eight of them, stacked on top of each other, all the way to the 121st floor. When complete, the structure will dominate Shanghai’s skyline, towering over its neighbors as a testament to China’s economic success and the ambitions of the city’s wealthy elite.||54:46||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoThe Billionaire Building||From PBS - Upon completion, One57, on Manhattan’s 57th Street, will rise more than 1,000 feet, making it the tallest residential tower in the western hemisphere and boasting spectacular views of Central Park. “One57” follows the teams tasked with creating New York’s most luxurious residential skyscraper and their ambition to redefine luxury living in the big city. Condominiums at One57 showcase state-of-the-art interiors — double-height ceilings, full-floor apartments, bathrooms clad in the finest Italian marble and the finest material finishes.||54:46||$2.99||View in iTunes|
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A bit cheesy for PBS
The story of how a skyscraper is being built from the top downward is very interesting but one has to work to pluck that of these productions. There is a pressed-upon, nearly artificial ticking-time bomb laid over the story. The actual design and construction methods weren’t thrilling enough for the producers, so it used a slathered-on race the “team" must win. More like Discovery Channel and not so much as PBS would have done it. But there it in on PBS, so who knows what’s going on.