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Volume 1: Chapter 20
List of Projects

Greatest Engineering Projects
in the History of Civilization

From Solomon's Temple to Boston's "Big Dig," Building The World chronicles 41 of the most important "macro-engineering" projects in world history.

Solomon's Temple

Israel

The Founding of Cyrene

Libya


Temple of Zeus.
Courtesy of Shutterstock.

The Aqueducts of Rome

Italy

The Grand Canal

China

Protective Dikes and Land Reclamation

The Netherlands

The Founding of Baghdad

Iraq

Charlemagne's Works

Western Europe

London Bridge

England

The New River

England


The New River's diverging pipes convey water to all parts of London.
Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

The Taj Mahal

India

The Canal des Deux Mers

France

The Founding of St. Petersburg

Russia

The Founding of Washington, DC

United States

The Erie Canal

United States

The City of Singapore

Singapore

The Suez Canal

Egypt


A statue of De Lesseps looks over the Suez Canal at Port Said.
Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

The Transcontinental Railroad

United States

The Brooklyn Bridge

United States

The Canadian Pacific Railway

Canada

The Eiffel Tower

France - Featured Chapter

The Trans-Siberian Railway

Russia

The Panama Canal

Panama

The Federal Highway System

United States

The Colorado River and Hoover Dam

United States


The Hoover Dam.
Courtesy of Shutterstock.

The Tennessee Valley Authority

United States

The Manhattan Project and the Atomic Energy Act

United States

The Alaska Highway

United States

The Snowy Mountain Hydroelectric Power Project

Australia

The Mont Blanc Tunnel

Italy, France, Switzerland

The Founding of Brasilia

Brazil

NASA and the Apollo Program

United States

The High Dam of Aswan

Egypt

The Communication Satellite (COMSAT)

United States

The National Trails System

United States

Shinkansen - National High-Speed Railways

Japan

The Trans-Alaska Pipeline

United Sates, Canada


The Trans-Alaska Pipeline spans the Alaskan wilderness.
Courtesy of Corbis.

The Itaipu Hydroelectric Power Project

Brazil, Paraguay

The Founding of Abuja

Nigeria

Channel Tunnel

England, France

SEMATECH

United States

The Central Artery/Tunnel Project ("Big Dig")

United States

Project Select
  • The selection criteria for inclusion hinged on the survival of the founding document in each case. However, this encyclopedia is intended to be much more than just these documents. Our goal is to provide the reader with a greater understanding of the role such structures have played not just in the transformation of the physical world, but in the growth and development of societies and cultures.
  • Read more in Book Description