Build It Bigger

DISCOVERY – Tuesday July 5, 7.30pm

Danny Forster, architect and host, returns with brand new episodes about some of the world’s most impressive construction projects. From the amazing, sweeping design of the new Cultural Centre in Azerbaijan to Turkey’s massive Deriner Dam, Danny tours the globe breaking down state-of-the-art construction projects that are changing the lives of millions of people for the better.

In each episode, Danny visits a different location where he drops in on an ongoing mega-project to reveal the groundbreaking ingenuity behind its construction. He breaks down the unique architectural challenges of each construction site and speaks to the architects, engineers and building crews on-site to get an inside perspective on the science, physics and often seemingly impossible mechanics behind each project. He also puts himself into their shoes and tries his hand at some of their jobs.

This season Danny delves into how Australia is dealing with 12 years of drought by turning to the island’s only unlimited water source: the ocean.

This July, Danny Forster, architect and host, returns with brand new episodes about some of the world’s most impressive construction projects.

From drought-proofing Australia by turning to the ocean as this island’s only unlimited water source, to rebuilding New York City’s Subway and creating London’s Olympic Aquatic Stadium, Danny tours the globe breaking down state-of-the-art construction projects that are changing the lives of millions of people for the better.

BUILD IT BIGGER 5 premieres on Discovery Channel every Tuesday at 7.30pm starting July 5.

In each episode of BUILD IT BIGGER 5, Danny visits a different location where he drops in on an ongoing mega-project to reveal the groundbreaking ingenuity behind its construction. He breaks down the unique architectural challenges of each construction site and speaks to the architects, engineers and building crews on-site to get an inside perspective on the science, physics, and often seemingly impossible mechanics behind each project. He also puts himself into their shoes and tries his hand at some of their jobs.

This season of BUILD IT BIGGER showcases more engineering feats that push the boundaries of technologically – both aesthetically and environmentally. The latest computer graphics round out Danny’s explanations to provide a greater understanding of the scope and scale of each undertaking. See the $15 billion expansion of New York’s subway, one of the largest in the world. Discover how Australia is dealing with 12 years of drought by turning to the island’s only unlimited water source: the ocean. Marvel at Azerbaijan’s amazing transformation as its capital, Baku, attempts to reinvent the country’s reputation by rebuilding the entire city. Witness these and other engineering feats come to life as Danny goes behind the scenes of live construction sites to reveal the complexities, challenges, dangers and intricate executions of each job.

 

BUILD IT BIGGER 5 episode descriptions:

 

Drought-Proofing Australia

Australia is running out of water. For the past 12 years, a record-breaking drought has bleached once-productive farmland and prompted cities and towns to ban all nonessential water use. The ground zero of the drought is Melbourne, a booming city of four million. Skyrocketing growth mixed with 20% lower rainfall has emptied reservoirs. Scientists predict average rainfall could drop by another 20% in the next 50 years, making Melbourne’s over one billion litre-a-day water requirement a threat to its survival. Faced with the grim possibility that the drought may never end, the city is turning to this island continent’s only unlimited water source – the ocean.

 

Rebuilding New York City’s Subway

Host Danny Forster takes us to New York City, where the largest public works project in the country is happening. The project is a USD$15 billion expansion of the NYC transit system, one of the largest in the world, where crews are blasting underneath the world’s busiest train station and tunneling directly beneath the busy city streets. Danny heads 46 metres underground to find out what can be done without shutting down the city above.

 

London’s Olympic Aquatic Stadium

As the crown jewel of the 2012 Olympic Park, the London Aquatics Centre will host 44 swimming and diving events under a 10 963 square-metre undulating steel roof. Danny Forster goes behind the scenes as crews race to construct the massive curving ceiling, three state-of-the-art Olympic pools, and seating for 17,500 spectators in one of the most advanced swimming facilities ever built. But the most impressive innovation is that after the Games are over this building will physically transform to become a lasting legacy for London.

 

Constructing Serbia’s Longest Bridge

Serbia is reinventing its image. After years of war, international isolation, and crumbling infrastructure, Serbia’s capital Belgrade has invested half a billion dollars in an infrastructure overhaul that includes a new national icon: the Sava River Bridge. It will be the world’s largest single-pylon cable-stayed bridge and will vastly improve a critical freight corridor connecting industrial central Europe to the East. However, a single misstep could drag the whole project, and potentially the national dreams of Serbia, into the river. Danny Forster joins crews as they take the Sava River Bridge to new heights.

 

Azerbaijan’s Amazing Transformation

Located along the Caspian Sea above Iran, Baku is the capital of Azerbaijan and its largest city.  The financial centre for the old Soviet Empire, this 1,500-year old city once produced half of the world’s oil supply. Almost 20 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, Azerbaijan is now emerging from the shadows of Russian rule. Backed by oil reserves worth nearly half a trillion dollars, Baku is attempting to reinvent the country’s reputation by rebuilding the entire city!

 

Amsterdam’s Futuristic Floating City

The Netherlands is running out of land. Nearly one quarter of their land and 60 percent of their population lies beneath sea level. Experts at fending off floodwaters, the Dutch have built more than 16 093 kilometres of dikes, dams, and floodgates. As climate change brings more frequent floods, engineers are radically changing their battle strategy. Rather than fight back the sea, they are making it an ally, using it to create real estate where none exists.

 

Building Mumbai’s Modern Airport

In BUILD IT BIGGER’s first trip to India, Danny Forster joins crews as they attempt to overhaul Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai without canceling a single flight. If they succeed, the new airport will revolutionise airport design and change the face of India forever.

 

Turkey’s Mammoth Hydropowered Deriner Dam

In rugged Northeast Turkey, Danny Forster joins crews as they build the Deriner Dam, one of the tallest and strongest dams ever constructed, designed to hold back 500 billion gallons of water. When complete, the dam will create 2,300 gigawatt hours of energy a year, enough to power the city of Istanbul forever.

DISCOVERY CHANNEL – Tuesdays from 6 July, 7.30pm

Architect Danny Forster is back with an exciting new season, exploring massive structures being built around the world. Danny gets hands on with each project and brings his own expertise and background knowledge to every site. Each episode takes Danny to a different location where he drops into an ongoing mega-project to explore all the parts that create the whole. Along with designers, engineers and builders, he’ll explore the most dangerous, spectacular and ingeniously executed aspects of the job. Danny works with everybody involved, from the suits to the hard hats, pressing, probing and looking for cracks, all on the job.

DISCOVERY CHANNEL – Tuesdays from 10 November, 9.30pm

Architect Danny Forster from Discovery Channel’s Extreme Engineering, hosts an exciting new show that explores some of the world’s massive and amazing structures being built around the globe. Each episode takes Danny to a different location where he drops onto an ongoing mega-project to explore the integral parts that create the whole. Along with designers, engineers, builders and the crew who work on these structures, he’ll find the most dangerous, spectacular, difficult and ingeniously executed aspects of the job. Danny works with everybody, from the suits to the hard hats, pressing, probing and searching for cracks in the building structure and process.