Wonders of the Modern World
Tunnel - This idea dates back to 1802, but it wasn't until
1994 that a tunnel under the English Channel was actually completed.
Tower - CN Rail decided to build a new tower in the city
of Toronto to resolve commnications problems there. During planning
they realized they could make it the tallest building in the
State Building - The beginning of the 20th century was marked
by a boom of building activity in the city of New York. One
building would soon rise above the rest: it would eventually
be 1,454 feet in height and become an icon for the city and
the 20th century.
Gate Bridge - They said it couldn't be built. When the Golden
Gate Bridge was finished in 1937 it was longest suspension bridge
in the on Earth and a wonder of the modern world.
Dam - This South American megadam has put out more electricity
than any other dam in history.
Canal - Since the 14th century man had dreamed of a way
to connect the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific. It wasn't until
1914 that a massive engineering project would make this vision
North Sea Protection Works - At the beginning of the 20th
century the Dutch started on a series of immense projects to
enlarge and secure their land against the sea. It took nearly
a century to complete.
1994 the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) decided
to put together a list of the most remarkable civil engineering
feats of the 20th century. Nominations for this list were taken
from all over the world. The seven selected projects are a tribute
to the greatest works of the modern world.
ASCE was founded in 1852 at the Croton Aqueduct, one of the
great civil engineering feats of the 19th century. The 12 original
members wished to promote excellence in civil engineering and
today the society continues that tradition. Their mission is
to advance professional knowledge and improve the practice of
to the seven wonders the ASCE has also designated more than
200 projects throughout the world as civil engineering landmarks
that illustrate the creativity and innovative spirit of civil
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