In this course, we will go through the history of the most famous builds starting with ancient civilizations. We will learn how new materials have evolved through history and their impact on construction and modern architecture. The longest bridges, tallest skyscrapers, most famous canals, and biggest dams will be introduced to students through case studies in order to illustrate the complex engineering behind them.
Challenges and solutions in foundation design, superstructure construction, and maintenance will be examined. How the world's tallest skyscraper the Burj Khalifa was built; why the Millennium bridge swayed; what it took to construct the Eurotunnel; these and many other examples will be covered in order to explain the extraordinary obstacles engineers have had to overcome in the construction of such marvels. We will also discuss the longevity of megastructures in the face of man-made and natural hazards such as wind, water and earthquakes.