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View Poll Results: Which feat of EXTREME ENGINEERING do you want built?
Tokyo's Sky City 59 15.53%
Bridge over the Bering Strait 28 7.37%
Transatlantic Tunnel 137 36.05%
City in a Pyramid 28 7.37%
Millennium Tower 32 8.42%
Gibraltar Bridge 73 19.21%
Freedom Ship 23 6.05%
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Old September 3rd, 2004, 08:11 PM   #1
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EXTREME ENGINEERING - Which do you want built?

Perhaps you've been following the 'Extreme Engineering' and 'Engineering The Impossible' TV series on Discovery Channel.

They research and present the engineering projects of the future... from skyscrapers to massive bridges.

Which do you want built?



Tokyo's Sky City

It would house 35,000 residents and host 100,000 daily workers, students and visitors. This space-age 1000m tall city in the sky might seem like science fiction, but it answers some questions about where humans might live as our most crowded cities become even more densely populated.



Bridge over the Bering Strait

For the first time since the ice age, there could be a bridge across the Bering Strait linking Asia and North America. First, engineers must learn to deal with 55 miles of violent seas and crushing ice over the Arctic Ocean.





Transatlantic Tunnel

So, if you could take the train from New York and in less than an hour reach London, would you do it? What if you had to make the journey through a tunnel 150 feet under the Atlantic? And on a magnetically levitated train traveling at 5,000 mph in a vacuum chamber?



City in a Pyramid

Imagine a self-sustaining pyramid-shaped city 12 times taller than the Pyramids in the air. And imagine that it is built on water by robots and with little help from human workers with 750000 inhabitants.



Millenium Tower

Imagine a skyscraper almost twice the size of the Empire State Building. This colossus would be a city within a city, hosting its own hospitals, schools, and a range of entertainment and retail options large enough to attract and keep the traffic necessary for the financial success of such an endeavor.

Stats:
Height: 2,755 feet, 170 stories
Resident Population: 52,000
Elevator Traffic: 100,000 people per day
Location: Hong Kong Harbor
Closest Living Relative: Petronas Towers, Kuala Lampur (1,483 feet, 88 stories)
Construction Duration: Approximately 10 years
Cost: $10 billion





Gibraltar Bridge

A bridge spanning 9 miles over the Straits of Gibraltar at the entryway to the Mediterranean would be the longest and tallest ever built. It would connect cultures of Christianity and Islam and potentially increase ties between the economies of Europe and Africa.

Stats:
Location: Strait of Gibraltar. Links Spain and Morocco.
Length: 9 miles, Two spans of 4 1/2 miles each
Height: Each tower is 3,000 feet tall. Twice as high as the world's tallest skyscraper.
Width: 5 traffic lanes, 2 breakdown lanes in each direction
Road Deck Material: Fiberglass
Length of Wire Cables: 1,000,000 miles (Enough to circle the Earth almost 30 times)
Closest living relative: Akashi bridge in Japan, world's longest suspension bridge at 12,828 feet.
Cost: $15 billion
Dangers: Wind speeds of 80 mph at tops of towers, ship collision, ocean currents, traffic, Sahara Desert dust storms



Gibraltar Bridge if placed on New York City..



Freedom Ship

Freedom Ship's designers originally planned to create an island community to provide Hong Kong-based businesses a place to relocate if the handover of that city to China were to make life difficult for them. When they applied the same model to a moving sea platform, they ended up with what would be the largest ocean-going vessel ever constructed — the minimum requirement for a city at sea.

Stats:
Length: Approximately 1 mile
Width: 3 city blocks (4,320 feet) Height: 25 stories
Weight: 3 million tons
Volume: Titanic, Queen Mary, USS Nimitz and super-tanker Jahre Viking would all fit comfortably inside. Population: 50,000 residents, 15,000 workers, 20,000 visitors/day
Construction: Hull composed of 600 120'x100' steel cells bolted together.
Location: Circles globe every two years
Closest Living Relative: Japan's Megafloat Airport, Tokyo Bay (1km long, 70 meters wide, 20 meters depth) (Series of interlocking pressurized steel boxes)
Power: 100 electric podded propulsers at 3500 horsepower each.
Cost: $9 billion



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Old September 3rd, 2004, 08:58 PM   #2
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Trans-Atlantic Tunnel!

Anything that could help me get from N. America to Europe faster is best IMO.
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Old September 3rd, 2004, 09:04 PM   #3
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has anyone ever thought of this one (if they have, i've never heard of it although i do remember robt. moses's plan for a lower manhattan expy):

an under water and under land tunnel

• starts in either Brooklyn or Queens at the edge of the East River as a tunnel

• goes under the East River, Manhattan (with no entrance/exit)
and emerges on the New Jersey shore

forever ending the necessity of going through Manhattan to get to NJ.
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Old September 3rd, 2004, 09:05 PM   #4
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how about a very long wall across the northern portion of china?
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Old September 3rd, 2004, 11:14 PM   #5
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That Freedom Ship is the size of an Imperial Star Destroyer (1600 meters!). But between Freedom Ship and an Imperial Star Destroyer, I would preffer the later.

The pyramid building talked above is the Try-2004 right? (2004 meters high!)
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Old September 3rd, 2004, 11:18 PM   #6
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the transatlantic tunnel seems like a "pie in the sky" dream that's not going to happen within this century.

I voted for the bridge over the bering strait. At the rate China is going it will probably (assuming nothing catastrophic happens) become the world's second largest economy. If the Japan - Korea brdige can be built then the 3 largest economy's of the world can be linked together....so it makes practical sense.
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has anyone ever thought of this one (if they have, i've never heard of it although i do remember robt. moses's plan for a lower manhattan expy):

an under water and under land tunnel

• starts in either Brooklyn or Queens at the edge of the East River as a tunnel

• goes under the East River, Manhattan (with no entrance/exit)
and emerges on the New Jersey shore

forever ending the necessity of going through Manhattan to get to NJ.
hmm a faster way to get to NJ?

here's my question why would anyone want to go to NJ in the first place?
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I thought i heard that the Freedom Ship was planned to be built, isnt it?
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As far as I know it's still on the drawing board.

I don't know if anyone is seriously considering building it..
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transatlantic tunnel.. that would be so cool
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Old September 4th, 2004, 05:38 AM   #11
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Yes! Pyramid, definitely the pyramid! It'll be SO cool to have a humongous structure in the middle of Atlantic Ocean or Pacific Ocean and it'll make a perfect summer resort. It's almost like something from Attack of the Clones, or Alien vs. Predator. Just imagine if that gets built(maybe by Hawaiian government?), I would die to just see it and take few pictures!
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sky city would be most magnificent
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Old September 4th, 2004, 08:02 PM   #13
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Transatlantic Tunnel, oh my god this is crazy idea but very ambitious,
I will to look on this investment
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hmm.... i didnt think so many people would favour that....

it would be pretty cool but no one could SEE it... unlike a mile-high scraper, or a 15 mile long bridge. i thought, as all with some interest in architecture, we'd all be interested in seeing it.

i choose freedom ship. it'd be amazing to see. a kilometer-long ship.... wow.
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Can't choose, but the best one for my country is the bridge over the street of Gibraltar, so I pick the gibraltar bridge.
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transatlantic tunnel. so i can visit europe without ever having to take a plane
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I would feel better in a plane than the atlantic tunnel.

Not the gibraltar bridge, I think they are palning on a tunnel rather. The Bering bridge looks fun.

But not very usefull.
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SKY CITY! After that, millenium tower, than Gibraltar.
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