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Cities, Bridges And Burning Man Don’t Build Themselves

As humankind expands into the far reaches of the world - we build things. Bridges, cities, buildings. How do those things get built?

As humankind expands into the far reaches of the world, we build things. Bridges, cities, buildings. How do those things get built? Well, a lot of people and a lot of cranes, usually. The Atlantic uncovered an old Encyclopedia Brittanica Film that catalogues the growth of New York City:

While New York took hundreds of years to build, other places come and go in the blink of an eye. Here’s construction on the Burning Man playa:

This one is a bridge:

Here’s a hotel being built:

Here’s a fake hotel being built:

And, for Minecraft fans, here’s a lake city:

None of these quick builds can live up to New York City’s long, strange history. But they’re cool to watch.

More from Smithsonian.com:

Scenes From a Changing Planet
Building Sustainable Cities
When Cities Run Themselves

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Rose Eveleth is a writer for Smart News and a producer/designer/ science writer/ animator based in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Scientific American, Story Collider, TED-Ed and OnEarth.

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