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Old December 6th, 2006, 07:53 AM   #1
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Discovery Channel Features Asia's Architectural Innovations

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3 November 2006
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The centre of innovation and boundary-breaking design, Asia is the world's fastest growing industrial powerhouse. From Japan to Taiwan to South Korea, Asia is generating projects that push the limits beyond what was ever deemed possible, and creating designs that challenge conventional architecture.

This November, Discovery Channel's Man Made Marvels series will profile some of Asia's world-class architectural and engineering feats. Episodes of Man Made Marvels air every Thursday at 9pm starting November 16 and repeat on Friday at 5am and 9am; the following week on Monday at 8am, Thursday at 2am and 3pm, and Sunday at 4am; and the week after on Wednesday at 5pm on UBC 25.

Man Made Marvels takes an in-depth look at some of Asia's innovative and ingenious structures -- both modern and ancient _ from the visionary ideas through seemingly insurmountable difficulties to the incredible triumphs. Witness as teams of engineers and planners push the boundaries of human ingenuity and creativity to build these awe-inspiring Man Made Marvels.

Some of Asia's world class man-made marvels that are profiled include:

- The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which boast the world's highest sky-bridge.

- The gravity-defying Taipei 101 building in Taipei, Taiwan, which was built to withstand earthquakes and typhoons.

- Japan's Okinawa Aquarium, a four-storey building with the largest viewing window of any aquarium in the world and the first in the world to house whale sharks -- the largest fish in the ocean.

- The new Korean Express system features high- and standard-speed tracks, specially designed for the high-speed HSR350X trains that travel at up to 300 kmph.

- The longest trans-oceanic bridge on Earth -- the Hangzhou Bay Bridge in China _ which spans a vast gulf in the East China Sea that until now has been beyond the reach of bridge builders, linking Shanghai and the port of Ningbo.
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Wish they would show Burj Dubai.. A lot of people don't know about this megastructure.. let alone that even under construction its already taller than most save the tallest 20 in the world... It deserves a special on Discovery Channel!!
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Burj Dubai is not yet complete.

I missed the firt two but I saw the ones about the Okinava Aquarium and Korea's high speed train.
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I think once the Burj is complete, it will be showcased more often on TV. Sadly, the West isn't too aware of what's happening in that part of the world other than Iraq.
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