Where I live, The Netherlands, is a country that is well organized, its services are reliable, extremes of any kind a rarity, and its has a government that is more afraid of the voters than the other way around. No wonder that the country routinely ranks high in the happiness reports. Since pretty much everyone agrees that this country is a rather okay place to live, you won’t encounter social unrest, revolutions or any kind of doing things in a big way. There is no need to, really.
Even though we are perfectly capable of reclaiming land from the sea, and keeping the sea out, unfortunately the latter is also true when it comes to large fun and urban projects. Occasionally ideas surface of an artificial island in the shape of a tulip, a man-made mountain, a supertall building, or a ring-shaped skyscraper with a windmill in the middle, but really, this is a country that took over 60 years to construct a mere 7-kilometer long highway between Rotterdam and The Hague.
Which is okay. We know we’re not one for mega projects. It just explains why one can have mixed feelings watching documentaries like the one below, posted by The Daily Conversation. In 30 minutes, ten of the world’s most impressive mega projects are being lined up for our entertainment: Dubai World Central Airport (United Arab Emirates); Songdo International Business District (South Korea); Tokyo-Osaka Maglev Train (Japan); Masdar City (United Arab Emirates); The Grand Canal (Nicaragua); National Trunk Highway System (China); International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor [ITER] – Fusion (France); World’s Tallest Building (Azerbaijan); Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (India); King Abdullah Economic City (Saudi Arabia).share this!