Skyscrapers: Engineering the Future

Ended Wednesday / 10:00pm Science Channel 45 min.
From Willis Tower to One World Trade Center, skyscrapers are emblematic of the world’s great cities. Since their beginnings in the late 19th century, these tall towers have constantly evolved as architects and structural engineers pushed the boundaries of what’s possible. The new Science Channel series, SKYSCRAPERS: ENGINEERING THE FUTURE, puts the spotlight on what the world’s most ambitious cities are doing to transform their skylines with designs that seem to defy gravity. Throughout the series, SKYSCRAPERS: ENGINEERING THE FUTURE unlocks the inner workings of these urban goliaths. From Chicago to London, Melbourne to Tokyo, each episode gives viewers a never-before-seen look at these herculean structures. The 2,722-feet Burj Khalifa in Dubai is not only the tallest building in the world, but the inspiration for a new generation of builders. In Singapore, the famed Marina Bay Sands hotel has challenged the concept of what a building’s function can be, maximizing its connectivity to operate as a modern micro-city. Other SKYSCRAPERS: ENGINEERING THE FUTURE episodes explore: The 1,500 tall Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur and the 88-story landmark Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai Chicago’s 82-story Aqua, a mixed-use skyscraper, and Melbourne’s Eureka Tower, one of the tallest residential buildings in the world Dubai’s Cayan Tower, known for 90-degree twist, and London’s The Shard, the tallest building in the UK

Season 1

6 Episodes

Dubai's Burj Khalifa is over 2,700 feet high and the tallest building in the world, and as engineers race to top this record-setting height with cutting-edge tech, a new 3,200-foot-tall building in Saudi Arabia is poised to take the crown.
May 29 2019
Today's greatest skyscrapers use cutting-edge tech to build sky-high micro-cities within their walls, and these innovative mega-builds are becoming the new engineering icons in Chicago, Dubai, Beijing, and other twenty-first century metropolises.
May 22 2019
The rise of colossal towers across the planet coincided with the surge of cutting-edge design, but just as these monoliths began breaking world records, new threats were on the horizon.
May 15 2019
The World Trade Center and Sears Tower were record-setting skyscrapers made possible by cutting-edge engineering innovations, but just as these American icons set new standards in construction, dark and insidious forces were poised to undo it all.
May 08 2019
The world's most iconic buildings were built in the heyday of the American century, and as New York became the capital for these innovative new skyscrapers, experts used cutting-edge tech to push engineering to new heights.
May 01 2019
The rise of the skyscraper coincided with the rise of America as a global superpower, and experts reveal how expert engineering and cutting-edge technology helped power humankind's race to conquer the sky.
Apr 24 2019