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Is the sky the limit for supersized structures? DnA explores the Panama Canal Expansion, mega-ships and the advent of the mile-high building.

Image: Post-Panamax Ship. Photo by Radiant Features.
Can The Drought Bring Californians Together, Creatively? 6 MIN, 38 SEC

For the first time in its history, California has mandated a statewide cut in water use. What does this mean for the Golden State and its endless sense of possibility and its endless green lawns?

Jon Christensen is the editor of Boom: A Journal of California and an adjunct professor at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. He says it’s time to avoid the blame game and work together to forge a beautiful state that uses water wisely.

The Panama Canal Gets an Expansion 13 MIN, 39 SEC

The century-old Panama Canal is in the midst of an expansion that is meant to keep it in business for many years to come. But can the famed Canal keep up with the container ship-building boom that has ports from the West Coast to East busy rebuilding?

DnA talks to Bill Ferehawk and Dylan Robertson, directors of a new film Panama Canal Supersized, and the project’s lead engineer Mike Newberry, vice president of MWH Global.

To get a sense of how global shipping is playing out locally, DnA headed to the Port of Long Beach. Port spokesman Lee Peterson and Noel Hacegaba, Managing Director of Commercial Operations, explain how the port is adapting to mega ships that keep on growing.

Plus, DnA spoke to George Scribner, a Disney Imagineer who grew up in Panama and is painting the canal’s expansion for the Panama Canal Authority. He explains why the canal still stirs the imagination over a century after it was first completed.

Panama Canal Supersized will air on The History Channel this Saturday at 9 PM on the East/West coasts and at 8 PM Central Time.

For more on the impact of big ships on the Ports of LA and Long Beach, visit Cargoland.

Will the Mile-High Tower Become a Reality? 8 MIN, 11 SEC

Nearly 60 years ago, Frank Lloyd Wright designed a 528 story high tower called The Illinois to be built in Chicago.That was a dream. But now a kilometer-high tower is going up in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, topping the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which stands at over a half mile. Engineers say Wright’s dream is now technically possible. But do we need it?

Justin Davidson is an architecture and classical music critic for New York Magazine and he recently wrote a provocative piece called The Rise of The Mile-High Building.

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