After losing their boats and houses in the Typhoon Haiyan, fishermen of a destroyed village in Tanauan started building two-seated boats made of abandoned refrigerators and some wood. The first boat was made by a fisherman, whose children gave him the idea as they wanted to play in it, and soon others followed.
The Philippines and international armed forces and aid agencies are struggling to get help to devastated areas due to the extent of the destruction from Typhoon Haiyan, which has left more than 4,000 dead and 4 million people displaced.
Photographs by Damir Sagolj
Workers swarm over scaffolding to erect the Nagarjuna Sagar dam in India, May 1963.
Photograph by John Scofield, National Geographic
This year the Medicis aquaduct in Paris is 400 years old. Built to bring fresh water to the city to replace the poluted river water, it supplied first the king’s palace, then the the religious orders and finally 14 public fountains.
As well as a series of visits, an exhibition of pictures of some infrastructures above and under is touring.
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Photographies by Benoît Fauvet
Living model illustrating principle of the Forth Bridge.
The central “weight” is Kaichi Watanabe, one of the first Japanese engineers who came to study in the UK, who worked as a construction foreman on the bridge.
The Forth Bridge was completed in 1890 and is still used as a main railway connection.
Taum Sauk Hydroelectric Power Station is a pure pumped-storage hydroelectric plant, designed to help meet peak power demands during the day. Located more than 80 kilometers from the nearest water source, the Mississippi river, there is no natural primary flow available for generation, unlike most other pumped storage sites
In 2005, the plant had to shut down when the upper reservoir suffered a catastrophic failure releasing 4 million cubic-meters of water in twelve minutes.
The plant returned to service after a gap of four years. The rebuilt upper reservoir is now considered an engineering milestone, being the largest roller-compacted concrete dam in North America.
The temporary footbridge used by the Brooklyn Bridge workers became a dangerous but popular attraction for New Yorkers.
The sign at the entrance read “Safe for only 25 men at one time. Do not walk close together nor run, jump, or trot. Break step!”
In 1896 Magnus Volk wanted to extend his successful electric railway in Brighton, England. To advance it would have involved costly works to construct a steep climb to the top of the cliff or a viaduct running along unstable undercliff, so he created a railway which ran through the sea.
The “Daddy Long Legs” operated until 1901 on its 2¾ miles journey. This ‘sea voyage on rails’ was a mix of tramcar, pleasure yacht and end-of-a-seaside pier, all mounted on four 23ft-tall legs 100 yard offshore.
Classified as a seagoing vessel, it was subject to the maritime law of the period, which required it to be equipped with a lifeboat, lifebuoys and a qualified seagoing captain.
After numerous high trucks hit the roof of the tunnel or drivers continuing to enter the tunnel during a fire despite warnings lights, a new warning system has been developed for the Sydney Harbour Tunnel.
The new system uses a combination of pumped water and light projection to create a huge soft stop sign impossible to ignore.
Watch the video here.
Fishermen at the bottom of a dam overflow in Rayong, Thailand, picture by Anan Charoenkal.
After the Great Storm of 1900 hit Galveston, Texas, the city protected itself with a seawall, and the town was raised to a new ground level. Everything was raised, houses, churches, offices, trees, gardens.
Dredged sand was used to raise the city by as much as 17 feet (5.2 m) above its previous elevation. In the seven years operation 2,156 buildings were raised on jacks, manually and with the use of mules . Catwalks were built connecting houses and buildings, and canals were dug through town to allow the dredge barges to bring in the sand.