When most people hear about a hearing aid1 or a set of false teeth, they think about their health. Also, when they hear about a Hawaiian volcano2 or the Tower Bridge in London, travel automatically comes to mind. How about Russian submarines3, stealth aircrafts4, or World War II bomber5 planes? Of course, one can't help but think of military vehicles. Believe it or not, all of those mentioned above are related to buildings. How? You may ask.
In National Geographic Channel's Engineering Connections 2, Richard Hammond takes the audience behind the scenes of six of the world's modern structures. He reveals how some special ideas and unusual tools were connected with the designs of the Hong Kong International Airport, Sydney Opera House6, and Wembley Stadium to name a few.
Built in the late 1990s, the Hong Kong International Airport is one of the largest international airports in the world. It was just a stretch of water before engineers found a way to build an artificial island. What's more, the airport's design is connected with a World War II bomber plane and a brass band7.