In the second half of the 1900s, technology experienced explosive growth and has allowed us to completely change our concept of what is possible in engineering and architecture. From the International Space Station to the Burj Khalifa, new technology has allowed us to push the limits of the laws of nature and do things we previously thought were impossible.
Ranging from beautiful to functional and everywhere in between, modern feats of engineering have broken boundaries of all kinds. For example, the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland is the most expensive science experiment ever made, and is capable of colliding microscopic particles together near the speed of light. On the other hand, the Milau Viaduct in France is known not only for its impressive engineering, but also the way that the designers were able to fit the hulking structure so elegantly into the surrounding landscape.
While many architectural feats serve as symbols of human ingenuity and creativity, few inspire sheer awe like the Burj Khalida in the United Arab Emirates. This gargantuan building is the largest one in the world by over one thousand feet. A testament to the defiance of human nature, the architects of the Burj Khalifa challenged the limits of engineering and laughed in the face of the prohibitive nature of gravity.
Some large-scale engineering projects are remarkable not only for their immensity, but also for their utility. The Three Gorges Dam in China is the biggest hydroelectric dam in the world, comprised of 231,000 square meters of leak-proof concrete walls. It has become the biggest water conservation project in the world!
May people are not aware of all of the spectacular engineering projects that have been completed over the past few decades. If you want to learn more about these feats, read through the infographic below.