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Top 5 Construction and Engineering TV Documentaries

Ellena Tangi

September 19, 2017

We all need a break from time to time, and we’ve put together some of the best TV shows and documentaries that are all about construction and engineering to help you wind down and relax.

  1. Impossible Engineering

This series explores extraordinary triumphs of modern-day engineering, as well as introducing the pioneers behind the jobs, whose techniques and intuitivism have helped to change and shape the world. The show celebrates engineers throughout history for their technical breakthroughs that have helped the construction industry.

  1. . Egypt: Engineering an Empire

5,000 years ago and nearly two millennia before the Romans built their first mud huts, the ancient Egyptians started creating sophisticated structures. To this day, they still remain amongst the most impressive structures ever built. Without the advantages/aid of technology, machinery and power tools, the Egyptians commissioned the construction of the pyramid masterpieces, temples, fortresses and canals. The documentary explores the difficulties overcome to produce such impressive architecture.

  1. Megastructures

This documentary series focuses on extreme construction projects. Whether it’s the tallest, biggest, longest or deepest in the world, the show explores in depth its construction journey. Episodes include looking at the people who are responsible for the designs and builds, as well as the impressive machinery and techniques used during the project.

  1. Objectified

Objectified explores the complex yet the important relationship between manufactured objects and the people that design and make them. It’ll look at the hard work and creativity it takes to design and produce the simplest of objects, for example, a toothbrush.  The feature-length documentary looks at the designers that re-evaluate and re-invent objects to fit into the ever-evolving consumer market.

  1. Extreme Engineering

The programme travels the world to ‘deconstruct’ completed, ongoing and proposed construction projects. Episodes include looking at the construction and engineering behind warships, cruise liners, roller coasters and bridges. The show also explores the things that could potentially go wrong with the projects.

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