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There's A Glass Shortage, And It's Dramatically Slowing Down Building Construction

When the recession hit the US eight years ago, the construction industry ground to a halt — and with it, the suppliers of building materials like glass. Now, boom-time architects and developers have a problem: There isn’t enough glass to go around.

Transporting An Enormous Aircraft Carrier, Piece By Piece

BAE Systems has just published an amazing time lapse video showing how the largest section of Britain’s second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier was tossed and towed to Rosyth Dockyard from the dock in Glasgow where it was built.

The World's Deadliest Construction Projects, Visualised

The infrastructure being built for Qatar’s World Cup is using the most cutting-edge construction technologies. Yet due to the poor treatment of migrant workers, an estimated 4000 people could die building it. A new timeline of construction deaths shows this inconsistency throughout history: Even though construction methods have improved over time, worker conditions don’t always keep pace.

The Foundation Of The World's Next Tallest Building Is Just A Lake Now

Can the world’s tallest building be built in 90 days? It’s been two years since we asked that question, and as a report from a local Chinese paper illustrates today, the answer is an unequivocal no — at least not when the government thinks the plan is dangerous.

America's First New Nuclear Plant In 30 Years Is Well Under Way

Maybe renewable energy sources like solar power are not enough to cover our increasing energy demand right now. In the panoramic photo above you can see the housing of a new 1100 megawatt Westinghouse AP1000 nuclear reactor that will help bridge the gap.

How Much Steel Does It Take To Build A Floating Neighbourhood?

Without much fanfare — and as quietly as a construction project can be — a new neighbourhood is taking shape on the west edge of Manhattan. It’s the largest private real estate project the city has ever seen. But neither its size or cost make it interesting.

The World's Largest Tunnelling Machine Is (Finally) Getting Rescued 

Bertha, the world’s largest tunnelling machine, has been stuck under downtown Seattle since it broke in December 2013. Engineers have had to concoct a massive and expensive rescue plan — essentially a whole construction project in itself. And yesterday, the Bertha’s broken cutter head was finally hoisted out of the Earth.

Things Are Not Going Well At Russia's New Spaceport

“I will not allow sabotage, I’ll simply rip heads off” is never something you want your boss to say. Russia is in the process of building its first new cosmodrome — or rocket launch site — since the fall of the USSR. And it’s a mess.

A Compound From Plants Could Replace Bitumen To Make Roads Greener

Construction teams around the world rely on bitumen — an incredibly sticky by-product of crude oil production — as the main binding agent for asphalt. But a team of scientists reckon that a compound found within plants could help replace it, making road-building a greener, more sustainable practice.

Someone Snuck Into NYC's $US4 Billion Train Station And Took These Pics

Picture $US4 billion worth of cash stacked up in the shape of a train station. This is pretty much what the World Trade Center Transportation Hub looks like. Except more surreal. You’d also maybe need to throw in a whole bunch of screw ups and missed deadlines, because this alien cathedral of a train station is one expensive mess.

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