Legends vs Modern Icons Series
Catalogue Number: BAM1265
Producer: Blue Ant Media
Subject: Architecture, Documentary, History, Science, Tech/Voc, World History
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2020
Running Time: 360:00
They were impressive at their time. Even gigantic and unique. And they are still legends today. But can these engineering classics compete with their high-tech counterparts from today?
In "Legends vs. Modern Icons", the world’s latest engineering and architectural achievements are compared to legendary historic equivalents, each of them world famous and milestones in their fields.
Can a modern passenger plane outperform the luxurious Boeing B314 Clipper? Is the Wembley Stadium superior to the Colosseum? How does the ancient mega hub, the Port of Alexandria, compare to the today's Port of Rotterdam? Which bridge is the greater architectural achievement – the legendary Golden Gate Bridge or the ultra delicate Viaduc de Millau in France? Who wins the race in the episode on skyscrapers, when the Empire State Building is compared to the highest building in the world: the Burj Kalifa? And which tower revolutionised architecture: The Tokyo Skytree in Japan, or the Eiffel Tower?
Each episode showcases one battle between a legend and its iconic modern equivalent. The battle puts its focus on two parts: engineering achievements and how well the construction serves its function in the civilization of its time.
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