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If We Built It Today: Legend of Machu Picchu (S2EP6 Science Sun 2 May 2021)

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Legend of Machu Picchu: Machu Picchu is one of the greatest landmarks of world architecture, yet the purpose of its construction and how it was built still remains a mystery; experts use cutting-edge engineering to reveal what it would take to rebuild this legendary city.

Airdate: Sun 2 May 2021 at 22:00 on Science

Season 2 Episode 6

The Great Pyramid of Giza, the Colosseum, the Great Wall of China, the Notre Dame Cathedral. What would it take to build these remarkable super structures today? How long would it take? How much would it cost? How many workers would we need? In our modern era of glass and steel, could we even pull it off? If We Built It Today talks to architects, historians, engineers, and builders to find out if we could use modern day innovations to recreate these iconic masterpieces, or if fundamental techniques have been lost to time.