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A New Glimpse Into The Gigantic Construction Project Hidden Below NYC

What do you want to be when you grow up? A baseball player? A doctor? A blogger (LOL)? How about a badass who carves caves through the Earth to improve the lives of millions in America’s greatest city? That sounds pretty heroic. And, right now, hundreds of hard hat-wearing workers are tackling that grand task underneath New York.


Excavators Build And Then Destroy The World's Tallest Sand Castle

So how do you top a bunch of excavators playing the world’s most massive game of Jenga? You put them to use doing what they were designed for: building stuff. Except stuff, in this case, happens to be the world’s tallest sand castle towering over 12.5m.


The World Trade Center Train Station May Cost More Than The Skyscraper

Four billion dollars. It’s almost twice as much as it cost to develop the most expensive plane in history. It’s more than the cost of the new World Trade Center, the tallest building in North America. It’s also the projected cost of NYC’s newest train station.


How To Use Satellite Imagery To Predict The Market

You can do some crazy stuff with satellite imagery. What kinds of crazy shit? Well, for one, a startup’s spying on the shadows of half-built skyscrapers in China and then selling the data to investors who want to predict what the real estate market. That’s crazy!


The Sad Fates Of The World's Six Tallest Unfinished Buildings

Building a house is stressful. Building a skyscraper is a nuclear bomb of stress, problems, and carefully-coordinated chaos — chaos that is closely tied to the economy, and that is easily derailed by war, politics and financial downturns.


This Handsome Brick Facade Is Insulation That Snaps On Like Lego

We all like the idea of saving energy, but actually retrofitting an old house is a loud, messy and expensive headache. So the Dutch company Energiesprond has come up with a way to make houses carbon neutral with easy, snap-on insulation and solar panels. It doesn’t hurt that houses come out looking quite handsome too.


Watch The High-Tech Levi's Stadium Being Built In A Dazzling Timelapse

Earlier in September, the San Francisco 49ers’ spanking new high-tech stadium opened with its 600 WiFi access points and green roof and hot dog-ordering app. But just 29 months ago, Levi’s Stadium was an empty lot in the ground. The entire stadium takes shape in this two-minute timelapse video.


Sand Thieves Are Destroying The World's Beaches To Make Concrete

Sand — humble, measly, regular old sand — is a hot commodity these days. As construction booms in Asia and the Middle East gulp up billions of tons of sand each year, beaches thousands of miles away are getting robbed and turned into rocky, pockmarked versions of their former selves.


The Ingenious Way The Ancient Egyptians Should Have Built The Pyramids

Thousands of years ago, a minority of ancient Egyptians set a majority to work building some of the oldest human-made structures in the world. It seems like we’ve been debating about how they did it ever since: Water? Animal labour? Magic? A team of researchers thinks they have found the best explanation yet.


7 New Materials That Could Change How Our Buildings Act

The gap between material science and actual construction is very far and very wide. It can take decades to move a breakthrough in engineering from a lab to a building site. But as architects and engineers face bigger challenges — from earthquakes to dwindling resources to sheer cost — a new generation of smart materials is emerging.