Building Big with David Macaulay: Dams

Overview

David Macaulay, the renowned author/ illustrator of The Way Things Work, has a knack for demystifying mechanical structures by explaining the engineering, physics, and human ingenuity that have gone into their design -- although in sum, his explanations usually make the man-made world seem ever more curious and phenomenal. In WGBH Boston's Building Big series, Macaulay visits the world's great architectural structures to tell their stories and the stories of the men who built them; here he discusses Frank "Hurry ...
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Overview

David Macaulay, the renowned author/ illustrator of The Way Things Work, has a knack for demystifying mechanical structures by explaining the engineering, physics, and human ingenuity that have gone into their design -- although in sum, his explanations usually make the man-made world seem ever more curious and phenomenal. In WGBH Boston's Building Big series, Macaulay visits the world's great architectural structures to tell their stories and the stories of the men who built them; here he discusses Frank "Hurry Up" Crowe -- the merciless chief engineer of the Hoover Dam, the effect of the Aswan Dam on Nubian society, and the cause of the Johnstown Flood of 1889 -- a disaster that produced 2200 casualties. The video also includes a mini dam-making activity.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Printable materials for educators and parents; Access to the Building Big web site; Scene selection; Closed captions - CC
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2004
  • UPC: 783421322493
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Rating:

  • Source: Wgbh / Pbs
  • Time: 1:04:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Macaulay Host
Frank Crowe
Technical Credits
Judith Dwan Hallet Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Sam Green Editor
Larry Klein Executive Producer, Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Introduction [4:36]
2. Dam Basics [6:15]
3. Aswan High Dam Politics [5:41]
4. Building the Aswan High Dam [11:49]
5. Hoover Dam Politics [2:57]
6. Hoover Dam Engineering [11:06]
7. Evironmental and Social Impacts [11:32]
8. Building Small: Dams [9:52]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Scene Selection
   DVD-ROM Features
   Accessibility Options
      CC- This Disc Contains Closed Captions, Which Can Be Turned On and Off Using Your TV Remote Control or Your Television's Onscreen Menu Setup
   Other Products of Interest
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