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If We Built It Today

If We Built It Today

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  • Premiered: 
    July 14, 2019
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  • Network: Science
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Tags: science, engineering, technology, history

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Plot Synopsis

IF WE BUILT IT TODAY features architects, historians, engineers, and builders who discuss whether or not we could use modern day innovations to recreate iconic masterpieces likeThe Great Pyramid of Giza, the Colosseum, the Great Wall of China, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and more. They are some of the world's all-time greatest building projects. Most have stood the test of time, but with today's technology, could they be duplicated and done better? What would it take to build these remarkable super structures today? How long would it take? How much would it cost? How many workers would we need? In our modern era of glass and steel, could we even pull it off? The answers to these questions and more are explored. The series opener, "Secrets in the Pyramid," travels to Cairo explore the Great Pyramid of Giza, which is more than 40 stories high and the width of 10 football fields. The 200 levels of stone weigh more than six million tons, with each individual block the size of an SUV. Nothing in the world compares to it. The city of Memphis, Tennessee tried to recreate its own Pyramid in 1991, but immediately had issues with flooding and closed its doors in 2004. Clever engineers eventually embraced its watery past and reopened the building in 2015, featuring an aquarium on its bottom floor.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Arcadia Content