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Building Big with David Macaulay: Tunnels


Rated: NR, Ages 5 to 95

Availability: Out of stock


Director(s): David Macaulay

Language: English

Release Date: October 26, 2004

Running Time: 67

Number of Discs: 1



Big digs and big danger: take a tour of the world's greatest tunnels. How do tunnels stay dry under water? Who dug the first tunnels? Go underground with award-winning author-illustrator and captivating storyteller, David Macaulay. Get an amazing look at tunnels through spectacular film footage, little-known facts and dramatic recreations. From ancient Rome to the remarkable Channel Tunnel that connects France and England, this video introduces courageous engineers, relives deadly disasters, and reveals little-known personal triumphs and tragedies.

-Be a mole in Boston's "Big Dig" and see how the biggest tunneling project in history is reshaping one of America's oldest cities.
-Travel back to 1920 and discover how Clifford Holland constructed and ventilated the first underwater automobile tunnel.
-Meet the engineer whose revolutionary design for London's famous subway system greatly altered British lifestyles.
-See how massive boring machines joined England and France beneath the English Channel.
-Tour the tunnels that helped make ancient Rome livable
-Build your own mini-tunnel using only sand, masking tape, a spoon and other common household item.

David Macaulay hosts Building Big, the five-part series that brings you the amazing truth behind the greatest manmade wonders of the world. From the top of the Golden Gate Bridge to inside the Hoover Dam, Building Big travels the world exploring Bridges, Tunnels, Dams, Skyscrapers and Domes in unforgettable, really big adventures. Includes hands-on building activity designed for kids.

About David Macaulay:
David Macaulay is American illustrator and writer who graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with a degree in architecture. His most famous books are nonfiction illustrated children's books about engineering and architecture. Macaulay's books have sold millions of copies and have been translated into multiple languages. He is the winner of multiple awards including the Caldecott Medal. His books include The Way Things Work, Pyramid, Castle, Underground, Building Big, and The Way We Work. Several of his books have been made into entertaining documentaries. Macaulay's books and videos should be on every child's bookshelf!

About PBS:
PBS (the Public Broadcasting Service) is a non-profit broadcaster which has 354 member television station which collectively own it. Founded in 1970, PBS distributes award winning, high content series like Frontline, NOVA, Sesame Street, among others. Many of their series can now be streamed for free from