World’s Future MEGAPROJECTS
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World’s Future MEGAPROJECTS


Welcome to TDC. This is our mini-documentary
on the most ambitious, fascinating infrastructure
Megaprojects of the near future.
The rulers of the United Arab Emirates have
insane amounts of money to spend. Thanks to
everyone’s thirst for oil, they’ve been
on a construction spree unlike any the world
has ever seen for such a small country, investing
in one ambitious infrastructure project after
another. At one point, 24 percent of all the
world’s construction cranes we in Dubai.
Unfortunately, that was before the 2008-2009
global financial meltdown, which led to much
of the investment in the city drying up faster
than the water on somebody who just got out
of the pool at the Burj Khalifa. But the government
insists that many of these projects have simply
been delayed, and are putting their money
where their mouth is with the recent approval
of a $32 billion expansion of Dubai’s Al
Maktoum International Airport that will break
ground by the end of 2014. When complete,
it’ll suddenly have the capacity to become
the busiest airport in the world in both total
passengers – at 220 million a year – and total
cargo of 12 million annual tonnes of goods
that can move through it–that’s almost
3 times more than what takes off from the
runways of the world’s current leader, Hong
Kong’s International Airport. It’s terminals
will able to hold 100 of the massive new Airbus
A380’s that are over 2/3ds of a football
field long and cost $300 million a pop. The
UAE’s Emirates airline already owns more
of those planes than anyone else in the world.
It’s the largest airline in the Middle East
and will eventually move into the Al Maktoum
airport to help jump start activity. The government’s
plan is for the airfield to be the heartbeat
of a city within the larger city of Dubai
called World Central, which the UAE thinks
will be home to 900,000 residents in the near
future. The airport also hopes to be the central
hub for the emerging Middle East, North African,
and South Asian economic bloc known as MENASA.
But time will tell whether the Shaikh’s
vision for Dubai actually becomes a reality,
or fades like some vicious mirage.
This is Songdo International Business District,
the world’s most futuristic urban area.
It’s being built 40 miles southwest of the
second-most populated city in the world, Seoul,
South Korea. The $40 billion project is along
the waterfront in the city of Incheon and
is embracing two key concepts that urban planners
are in love with: The first is Aerotropolis,
which means the airport is integrated into
the urban center instead of banishing it far
outside of the city. This allows for shorter
trips to and from the place that’s going
to get you out of town–this’ll be an emerging
pattern in 21st century planning as air travel
continues to become accessible to more and
more people in our increasingly interconnected
world. Songdo is brilliantly directly connected
to the airport via the 7-mile long Incheon
bridge so you’ve just got a straight shot
that gets you there in like 10 minutes that’s
also got these incredible views and is the
first thing visitors see coming into the city.
The other key theme is Ubiquitous City, which
is a uniquely Korean concept where every device,
component, service is linked to an informational
network through wireless computing technology,
allowing for greater coordination and a more
efficient and synchronized city than has ever
been possible before. An example of this is
Songdo’s trash system, which won’t rely
on garbage trucks, because a network of tubes
will suck in the garbage straight from the
can and through a system of pipes, transport
it efficiently to treatment facilities. Songdo’s
so dedicated to being a model for sustainability
that it has set aside 40% of its land area
to be outdoor spaces like parks and it’ll
become the first city in the world outside
of the United States to achieve LEED certification,
which is the highest energy consumption and
waste standards possible with currently available
technology. As a tip-of-the-hat to other great
cities, Songdo will also incorporate replicas
of New York’s Central Park and Venice’s
historic canals. Overall, construction is
currently half done. It already has 67,000
people living there studying and working at
its many schools, including the foreign campuses
of four American universities, but it’s
struggled to attract Korean businesses as
the government is refusing to give tax incentives
for relocation, because that would create
an unfair playing field favoring Songdo over
other cities in the country. Still, if it
stays squarely focused on the future, Songdo’s
a long-term investment that’s likely to
pay off.
Nicaragua is about to embark on what may be
the boldest and riskiest Megaproject in the
history of the world. One that will change
it forever. It’s going to build the biggest
canal in the world . The $50 billion Nicaragua
Grand Canal will cut the country in half to
connect the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific,
running through the biggest lake in Central
America. At 173-miles-long, it’ll dwarf
the 120 mile-long Suez Canal in Egypt and
directly compete with the Panama Canal 250
miles to the south, through which more than
15,000 ships already pass each year. But in
the coming years, many more ships full of
goods and raw materials are going to try and
pass back and forth from the Pacific to the
Atlantic to connect Europe, Brazil and the
Eastern Coast of the United States, with China
and the rest of Asia.
The story of how little six-million-man Nicaragua,
the second-poorest country in the Western
Hemisphere, is able to afford such an expensive
project is a fascinating case study of globalization,
and how capitalism is increasingly driving
geopolitical decision-making. In June of last
year, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s
Sandanista party also controlled parliament
and – without any real debate – gave a 50-year,
no-bid contract to Chinese telecommunications
magnate Wang Jing to build and manage the
proposed canal. And, it just so happens that,
also last year, according to a report in the
LA Times, Wang hosted a number of Nicaraguan
officials and businessmen on a trip to China,
where the powerful and connected Wang supposedly
flaunted his extreme wealth and was accompanied
at all times by Chinese military officers
and other high-ranking governmental officials.
So, it’s tough to believe him when he insists
that the Chinese government is not financially
backing the project, especially when we already
know that China is using state financed companies
to buy more and more assets in the West. The
opportunity to own the world’s most valuable
shipping lane seems too tempting for the Chinese
government to pass up.
The supposedly democratic government of Nicaragua
is using a page out of China’s playbook,
by refusing to release any of the studies
about the impacts of the canal until December
2014, the same month construction will begin.
That’s because there is a loooong list of
environmental and humanitarian concerns. The
project will tear through countless ecosystems
and communities, and rip into the source of
much of the country’s fresh water, Lake
Nicaragua. The residents whose land is on
the canal route have received no word on what
the government plans to do for them in terms
of compensation and relocation.
But, as easy as it is to criticize the way
the project is being handled, it’s also
fairly hypocritical of me, as an American,
to mount a very convincing argument against
the plan. Afterall, about a hundred years
ago, US President Theodore Roosevelt basically
took control of Panama and pushed through
the canal there, a project that’s benefitted
America time and time again, and has made
Panama economically better off in the long
run. But we’re not living in 1914…
Now is the time of social media-fueled revolution,
where images and video fly around the world
instantly, empowering even the poorest locals
to use the power of the global community to
rally support for their cause and exert political
pressure in unpredictable ways. So, what I’m
saying is that it may have been easy for President
Ortega see all that money flying around and
secretly, singlehandedly approve a massively
disruptive project like this, but when those
bulldozers start tearing apart the countryside
– and people’s homes – there’s probably
going to be hell to pay for not consulting
the voters at all. This could be shaping up
to be another one of those important moments
of struggle in world history between the powerful
have’s and the have nots.
On the one hand, you have the limitless funding
of the Chinese who want that flag-in-the-dirt,
statement-making moment for their country
of staking a claim in the Americas. We know
the canal would benefit corporations in the
west through the shipping and trade benefits
I outlined earlier. And with construction
set to begin in Nicaragua next month – there
doesn’t seem to be any stopping it from
starting.
But on the other hand, this thing is going
to take six years at a minimum to finish,
and if we’ve learned anything from recent
history, it’s that a lot can happen in six
weeks or six months, let alone six years.
On a person-to-person basis, the United Arab
Emirates has the biggest Ecological Footprint
in the world thanks to its prolific oil production
and the massive construction boom that’s
been going on there for the last decade. So
it’s surprising to learn that the UAE is
home to Masdar–the world’s first zero-carbon,
zero-waste city. To meet this ambitious goal,
it’s powered only by renewable energy, like
a 54-acre 88,000 panel solar farm beyond the
cities’ walls. That’s right, I said walls.
The designers studied ancient cities to learn
the most effective planning methods to reduce
energy consumption. One of the key things
are walls that helps to keep the high, hot
desert winds away from its inhabitants. They
also raised the entire foundation of the site
a few feet above the surrounding land to keep
Masdar cooler and spaced the buildings much
closer together to keep the streets and walkways
narrow, and mostly in the shade. These techniques
– combined with 130-foot wind towers that
suck air from above and convert it into a
cool breeze blowing on the street – mean Masdar
is a comfortable 70 degrees fahrenheit when
just a few meters away, the thermostat rises
well above 100. Plus, there’s no driving
in the city and any car that enters is parked
at the outskirts. A system of driverless electric
vehicles then ferry people from place to place
underground, and a light rail system is also
available above ground, which means there’s
no need for streets. And in a move that cuts
both water and electricity consumption more
than half, there are no light switches or
water taps–everything is controlled by movement
sensors. This unprecedented level of environmental
consciousness has won it hard-earned endorsements
from environmental conservation groups like
Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund. The
German engineering giant Siemens has located
its Middle East headquarters there, as has
the International Renewable Energy Agency.
The Masdar Institute for Science and Technology
– a small postgraduate university that was
founded through a collaboration with MIT – occupies
one of Masdar’s first completed buildings
and is already producing great work and first-class
researchers. So the city undeniably has a
solid foundation, but it’s got a lot to
do still if it’s going to meet its ambitious
goal of housing 50,000 residents and hosting
offices for 60,000 more commuters. The city’s
co-founder admits that Masdar is “a fraction
of what it was supposed to be back in 2006
when we announced it. At the beginning of
the project, nobody really anticipated how
difficult it is to build a city.” This underscores
the point many urban planners around the world
have made: that we should be focused on making
our existing cities more sustainable instead
of building brand new ones. But even if Masdar
only teaches us one or two major things about
what’s possible when it comes to sustainable
urban design – and it does seem like it’s
already done that – then it’ll have been
worth it, even if it takes much longer to
achieve its overall vision, or if it ultimately
fails. Because let’s be honest, the UAE
was going to spend that $20 billion in oil
revenue on something, so it’s better for
everyone that its going to an important experiment
like Masdar rather than another row of gold
and marble crusted hotel skyscrapers or an
electricity-sucking indoor snow park.
This is the future–maglev trains. Japan’s
all aboard. They’re spending a staggering
$85 billion over the next 30 years to connect
the island’s three largest cities: Tokyo
to Nagoya to Osaka. That’s over three hundred
miles that you’ll be able to cover in about
67 minutes by racing through the countryside
at over 300 miles per hour. Maglev technology
uses powerful magnetic charges to move rail
cars that float several inches above a concrete
guideway, rather than riding on steel wheels.
This frictionless system allows for a smoother
ride at significantly higher speeds than traditional
high speed rail. In contrast, California’s
planned high speed rail system that’ll eventually
connect San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San
Diego, will only be able to travel at top
speeds of 220 mph, but its estimated overall
cost is ten billion dollars less than the
Japanese system and will cover a distance
two and a half times as long. The Chinese
city of Shanghai has had a short maglev line
in operation since 2004, but the Japanese
line is the world’s first intercity link
to gain public approval. The project’s called
Chuo Shinkansen – or as the Japanese refer
to it, Rinia Mota Ka – and is a culmination
of 40 years of Japanese maglev development
that began with an unlikely partnership between
Japan Airlines and Japanese National Railways.
What’s really impressive about this project
is that JR Central – the company that’s
building the line – will finance the project
without public money, thanks largely to the
success of the bullet train it’s run from
Tokyo to Osaka since the mid 1960’s. The
company’s also pushing hard to construct
a maglev line between the American capital
city of Washington DC and New York, which
would showcase the technology to the American
market and the rest of the western world.
The Japanese government has even offered to
fully finance the 40 mile first leg of the
US project from Baltimore to DC, a proposal
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe directly pitched
to President Barack Obama during a meeting
last year. But critics of Maglev say the costs
outweigh the benefits. Opponents have raised
questions about the sheer monetary cost of
the project, its environmental impact, and
whether it is really needed. Tunnels will
be blasted through some of Japan’s highest
mountains to build the Chuo Shinkansen line.
But regardless of what the critics say, something
had to change. When the Maglev system is done
it will help alleviate the overcrowding on
Japan’s existing rail system and make it
feasible for commuters into Tokyo to live
further outside of the city than they can
now.
Many of the projects that we’ve profiled
in our Megaprojects series have a real purpose
for advancing society, or at least meeting
the needs of a growing world economy. Then
there’s Azerbaijan’s ridiculous Khazar
Islands, a project that – despite all the
progress in the world – is the perfect example
of everything that’s still wrong with its
power structure, but more on that in a moment.
The creatively named Azerbaijan Tower will
be the world’s tallest building, about 800
feet taller than the current leader, the Burj
Khalifa, and, insanely, twice as tall as the
tallest building in the Western Hemisphere,
New York’s One World Trade Center. The Freudian
showpiece of the $100 billion project, Azerbaijan
Tower will rise above the capital city, Baku,
and will be surrounded by 55 artificial islands
built in the Caspian Sea with land gathered
by completely destroying a nearby mountain.
There will also be at least eight hotels,
a Formula One racetrack, a yacht club, and
an airport. So basically, we’re talking
about Donald Trump’s fantasy. Now, it’s
one thing to build an over-the-top city like
Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, which is
one of the most-developed places in the world,
and a completely different thing for it to
rise in Azerbaijan, which has a per capita
GDP that’s not even ⅕ as much as the UAE.
This madness is the brainchild of the billionaire
developer Ibrahim Ibrahimov, who has extremely
cozy ties with the corrupt government of the
newly oil rich nation of Azerbaijan. Just
how corrupt is Azerbaijan? In a 2012 report
by watchdog group Transparency International
that declared 2/3rds of the world’s countries
“highly corrupt,” Azerbaijan’s Prez
Ilham Aliyev stood out from the pack as the
report’s infamous, “person of the year,”
with untold amounts of money stashed in various
locations around the world. But back to President
Aliyev’s good buddy, Ibrahimov, who lazily
came up with the tacky idea for the megaproject
that’s basically a copy of Dubai’s island
development and mega-tower while on a flight
home from, you guessed it, Dubai. He argues
that Khazer Islands will be home to 800,000
people, but doesn’t explain how those people
will afford its expensive apartments. Instead
of investing in the future by maybe funding
a network of world class universities – which
Azerbaijan isn’t even close to having – in
a country that borders no ocean and produces
no product that the rest of the world wants,
besides oil, the government thinks its a good
idea to build this. I doubt many of the nine
million people of Azerbaijan think it’s
a very good idea. In fact, in a possible sign
of things to come, last year, Azerbaijanis
in a city across the country, got so fed up
with the corrupt regime, they rioted for two
entire days. But look, the capital is doing
some things right, Baku made Lonely Planet’s
top ten ranking of the best nightlife spots
in the world. I just wonder how much they
paid to get on the list.
No list of Megaprojects would be complete
without including the largest-ever science
project. The International Thermonuclear Experimental
Reactor (or, ITER) is a collaboration between
China, the European Union, India, Japan, Russia,
South Korea, and the United States that is
under construction in Southern France where
researchers will attempt to see if they can,
essentially, recreate the power of the Sun
and harness it in a steel bottle. Gas will
be heated to over 150 million degrees in a
massive steel frame using giant magnets that
will force some atoms together. In this experimental
reactor, the hope is to produce 10 times more
energy than what is used to initiate the reaction,
or the equivalent of 500 megawatts of power
for 1,000 seconds. Although electricity won’t
be generated at the ITER facility, a fusion
power plant would use the heat generated to
drive turbines and produce power. Unlike nuclear
fission, which are what all nuclear power
plants are today, fusion reactors should be
completely safe, with no risk of a producing
a runaway chain reaction and no dangerous
long-living radioactive waste. The fact that
nations who are competing in nearly every
area of geopolitics and economics are coming
together to collaborate on a $50 billion project
is a sign that the science is incredibly promising
and the potential benefits to humanity are
profoundly game-changing. That’s why countries
that represent half of the world’s population
and account for 2/3ds of the global economy
are participating: because solving fusion
would mean prosperity for all, the closest
thing to limitless energy we can fathom. This
month, after the completion of the ground
support structure which took four years to
finish, the second phase of construction began:
the walls of the seven-story building where
the experiment will take place. But we’re
still several years away from turning the
thing on. The complex will make its first
attempt to produce plasma in a fusion reaction
in 2020, with regular operations beginning
in 2027, 11 years behind schedule and over
40 years after the program was first initiated
in 1985. But no matter how long, or how many
tries it takes to get it right, the prospect,
the hope of living in a world powered by this
type of energy that we wouldn’t need to
fight over, or pump out of the ground, that
we wouldn’t need to burn, that wouldn’t
harm our precious planet, that’s probably
one of the most optimistic, hopeful ideas
I’ve ever heard, and it’s definitely one
worth waiting for.
China is about halfway done building the largest
expressway system in the world, and it’s
done so at a feverish pace over the last 25
years to keep up with the rise of the automobile
as the country – and the world – has shifted
away from a rail-based transportation system.
The first expressway within the National Trunk
Highway System, as it’s called, opened in
1988 and today, just 26 years later, the system
is over 65,000 miles long. In the ten years
since 2004, the network has tripled in length.
Each year, China’s now building new expressways
equivalent in length to the distance of going
coast-to-coast and back in the United States.
The Chinese system exceeded the total length
of the US interstate highway system back in
2011. This crazy expansion has happened because
the Chinese have embraced the car at a staggering
pace. This next mind-blowing fact pretty much
sums up this entire video: as the country’s
middle class boomed and tens of millions of
people suddenly could afford to buy cars,
in the 20 years from 1985 to 2005, the number
of passenger vehicles in China increased from
19,000 to 62 million cars on the road, that’s
a mind-blowing increase of 323,000%. And that
62 million number is more than tripling to
200 million by 2020. That’s why we’ve
seen those stories that I thought were a joke
the first time I read them, of traffic jams
around Beijing stretching over 60 miles and
lasting for 11 days. So this project is sorely
needed simply for the country to function.
When it’s finished, it will have cut total
travel times between cities throughout the
country, by half, on average. Overall the
total cost of building the entire system is
$240 billion dollars, that’s easily the
biggest infrastructure project in human history,
with $12 billion a year being invested through
2020. It’s been able to afford to do this
without adding a national fuel tax because
95% of the system are toll roads owned by
private, for-profit companies. This is a problem,
as tolls are expensive at over 10 cents per
mile…which is more than the cost of fuel
itself. But regardless of how the roads are
paid for, or whether, you drive on them in
your gas or electric car, or ride in a self-driving
car. The Chinese economy and quality of life
of its people will be significantly better
thanks to this ambitious project. It seems
the whole country is embracing the Chinese
saying, “Lutong Caiton,” wealth follows
the extension of motorways.
India faces one of the most challenging situations
in the world. It has 1.2 billion people spread
over a vast country. More than 350 million
of whom will move into cities in the coming
decade, which means some 500 new urban centers
will need to be built from scratch. And even
though India’s sheer size means that its
economy ranks third in the world in purchasing
power, overall, it’s relatively poor and
underdeveloped. It’s also young. The average
Indian is just 27 years old, compared to the
average American, who’s a decade older.
This means that most of the population is
about to hit their prime working years—these
are all people who need jobs to be created
now. That’s why the government is embarking
on the largest infrastructure project in Indian
history: the $90 billion Delhi Mumbai Industrial
Corridor, whose backbone will be a 920 mile
long dedicated freight corridor, basically
a set of multiple rail lines that will exist
solely to move goods from the factories where
they are produced to the sea and airports
where they can be exported to market. It’s
designed to cut the logistical costs of manufacturing
goods to make India the cheapest place in
the world for a company to build its stuff
and – in turn – triple the amount of merchandise
it exports from 2010 levels by 2017. Japan
is the major partner behind the project because
the Japanese economy is based on a technology
industry that needs to build its products
at the most competitive rates in the world.
The overall effort will include a 4,000 MW
power plant, and at least three brand new
seaports and six airports. And all along the
route, 24 new cities will spring up with each
aiming to be superior to any existing Indian
city in terms of the quality of infrastructure,
planning, management, and services offered.
With natural resources scarce – and climate
change a concern of any good urban planner
– the use of technology has been stressed
to make sure this boom will be as clean and
sustainable as possible. Roads are also a
major part of the plan with thousands of miles
of expressways planned to ease congestion.
The project is a priority of Prime Minister
Narendra Modi, who entered office in 2014
after leading his BJP party to a dominating
win in the 2014 election, giving him a mandate
to enact his vision for making India a global
manufacturing superpower. It seems the Indians
are attempting to follow a similar blueprint
for success the Chinese put into action over
the last 40 years. With a population nearly
as big, Indians are rightly asking, why not
us?
If you were playing Sim City, you’d want
to go about building your metropolis the same
way the Saudi’s have with King Abdullah
Economic City. And just like other great leaders
of men, you’d probably name it after yourself
too, which is exactly what King Abdullah did.
You’d also focus on job-creating infrastructure
and a dream university to attract the best
and brightest. Saudi Arabia is the world’s
dominant oil producer, and is a country that
knows how to play the game. While its flashier
neighbors like Abu Dhabi and Dubai get all
the publicity for their megaprojects, the
Kingdom is embarking on a far more ambitious
project that’s focused squarely on creating
the most cohesive, well-planned city in the
Arab world. The $100 billion enterprise on
the coast of the Red Sea is about an hour’s
drive north of Jeddah, the second-largest
city in Saudi Arabia, and plans to expand
into an area about the size of Washington
DC. That location is no coincidence, says
Fahd Al Rasheed, the man who’s in charge
of growing King Abdullah Economic City – which
we’re going to shorten to just its initials,
KAEC – “you’re talking about 24 percent
of global trade going through the Red Sea,
and this is a trend that’s never been addressed
by a Red Sea port.” That’s why KAEC’s
port is going to be massive, with an annual
capacity of over ten million shipping containers,
which would make it one of the busiest ports
in the world. So cargo is KAEC’s first major
transportation hub. The second is Haramain
station, one of four stops on Saudi Arabia’s
planned high speed rail network that will
connect the new megacity to Jeddah, Makkah,
and Madinah. This will bring thousands of
visitors to KAEC right from it’s inception,
with officials hoping that some will naturally
take jobs and stay there, fueling its expansion.
At first, the whole plan struggled to gain
much traction with investors, “but,” says
Al Rasheed, “then we reoriented ourselves
towards building that demand, creating that
support and it’s completely shifted. Now
we have captive demand — all our apartments
are full and we have waiting lists for hundreds
of people, literally.”
Part of that shift focused on KAEC’s Industrial
Valley which is centered on a large petrochemical
plant and has more than 70 companies lining
up to set up bases there.
And then there’s the cornerstone of any
thriving city: a great university. Enter,
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
– which began instruction in 2009 with a staggering
$20 billion endowment, making it the third
best-funded university in the world behind
Harvard and Yale. This capital injection has
allowed it to lift off like a rocket in its
first five years. It’s recruited some of
the best talent from over 60 countries around
the world–scientists who’ve carried the
school to an eye-opening 99.9% research record
score. The research teams at King Tech are
advancing many important fields like solar
cell technology and cancer therapy. It teaches
in English and is the first mixed-gender university
in the Kingdom. Plus, with just 1200 postgraduates
on an 8,900 acre campus, there’s plenty
of room to expand in every direction.
With forty percent of Saudi Arabia’s citizens
under 15 years old, the plan is for the megacity
– by itself – to create upwards of a million
jobs for all of those young people to grow
into.
In the end, it may be true that Saudi Arabia
would be a bone-dry desert wasteland without
it’s exploitation of the vast fields of
black gold underneath it, but at least – in
the twilight of his life – King Abdullah is
doing all he can to set his people – and the
rest of the world – on a slightly better path
than the one they were on when he took over
just nine years ago in 2005. And if that’s
his legacy, he deserves to have a city named
after him.
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100 Comments

  • crocket

    Songdo is within the range of north korean artillery. It would also be a target of north korean nuclear missiles.

  • walter chaffee

    "Follow the money". It's apparent that interests in these areas show the truth behind altruistic motives for political decisions. I think Marx would say I told you so

  • Trucker Josh VLOGS

    Keep your politics out of it… I'm not watching this to hear your opinion on politicians… I'm watching this cuz I want to see the awesome things that people are building around the world. I get enough politics every other part of my life

  • Kiwi Plays

    Excellent video, but I was wondering why you didn’t tell the truth about the UAE’s green city : It’s obviously just for the appearances

  • Jan Suing

    Lol. All of a sudden you sound like an activist when talking about the Nicaraguan project? Sorry, America and the rest of the West. Asian Century is coming.

  • Deven Silvers

    The US would be a better place if we could fix our culture problem. Many of the elements that hold back the US are commented on in this video many of these same cultural issues hold back Europe. Capitalism equals prosperity and innovation, socialism "turning the attention to the people" causes an economic slowdown. However, I think that the southern US and European cities have vast space and potential for positive growth in the future. Im 18 years old and will be moving to Shenzhen within four weeks of writing this post, please critique my comment below.

  • A Mohamed Nazel

    the US is willing to spend trillions on its war machines..but not even a fraction for the much needed public transport ,education, health or housing to ease the financial burden for the masses…but willing to bail out the already fat cat banks and corrupt financial system

  • JBTechCon

    All these countries pouring their remaining billions into transport and shipping projects… just as automation and AI are going to make overseas manufacture uneconomic. In a few decades, the only thing we'll ship long distances will be raw materials to places that don't have them and high-tech goods to places that can't make them. But everything between will be manufactured in multiple scattered robo-factories close to where the goods are needed. This is why the smart rich Arabs on the peninsula are moving their money to the West instead of investing in royal white elephants.

  • Wesley Sandel

    Want to know why the Nicaraguan's want a canal? Just compare pictures of Panama City, Panama and Managua. Nicaraguans deserve to benefit from their nation's most precious natural resource – the link between the Atlantic and the Pacific.

  • Handy Wijaya

    13:58 Hate to tell you but that is Japan Railway,not Japan National Railway.Japan Railway is a reincarnation of Japan National Railway that was being defunct in 1987,but the difference is Japan Railway is private-owned (like Keisei and Tokyo Metro) and split into 6 Japan Railway

  • Handy Wijaya

    I'm not agree with transparancy watchdogs.As a guy that lives 14 years on Australia and America,i've seen corruption so rapid in the senate,parliament,and Public works.Much worse than what i Saw in Vietnam,Indonesia,and Thailand

  • Jodiann Walker

    I can't help but notice that America–the greatest, the richest, and the most powerful country in the world–is not on that list. But it shouldn't be worried about all of that! No worries! Don't worry about a thing! They have bigger fish to fry. They have bigger fish to clean up very well before they fry so they don't get flesh eating disease. They also have to clean up the beaches and the seas that have the flesh eating bacteria so that it doesn't travel other places in the world. So they don't need to be worried about mega building projects and all of that.

  • Mike Messiah

    2:20 2nd most populated city in the world is Seoul, South Korea? What kind of pot are you smoking ? Seoul is 17th most populated city right now

  • ToBiS81

    Not so sure if I should watch the whole 30 minutes with pictures of the wrong airport after 50 seconds already! You talk about Dubai's Al Maktoum Airport and show pictures of Abu Dhabi's new terminal building… =/

  • IFCGaming

    lol the panama canal is owned by the US. Panama gets very little while the us governement gets money every second a ship passes

  • JJ Thomas

    2018- Many of these projects, Like those in Dubai,Masdar City, California or the Nicaraguan canal, never happened…

  • koteswar009

    Please check the ambitious project Amaravati- New capital city of Andhra Pradesh state in India by its Chief Minister, a visionary man in collaboration with Singapore. The project plan is a futuristic green and blue city.

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  • Ronald Buss

    The civilizations of the future I see in scifi are just guaranteeing human extinction. It has been said that civilization is a heat engine, and the more civilized, another word for comfortable, humans get, the more energy we waste and the more heat we produce. We may be a clever species, but we're not a wise one.

  • Andy LaVoie

    I like your video but what's your deal with needlessly interjecting politics into the middle of your video. I like the facts and not your alt left political world view. Wish I could subscribe but no thanks.

  • MGang TV

    Grind season till the casket don't ever settle for less ignore the naysayers and doubters salute to everyone out here getting it.

  • Johnathan Neuro

    lol, Just launched Origin to play Sims City as he said "If you were playing Sim City" 10/10 – youtuber knows the people!

  • Fort Royale

    What happens if someone falls in the trash for some dumb reason? What is a baby slips out of their mothers hands and falls in by chance what happens?

  • Swiftie Forever

    Wow Western media has literally took an oath to show India poor, dirty, overpopulated, misrable ,etc
    Keep up maybe when you visit India i could show you the real India which west never shows!

  • Ten Ants Parking I drive a small carnow

    Looks like a golf course.
    If Dubai wants learned advice..
    YOU GOTTA GET SOME VERY, VERY…VERY… HUMONGOUS, ROCKS.
    1000 tonners.
    Then, build a, Jungle, a lush, tropical, jungle… It will attract clouds that water it, but first Dear Dubai, one must "build on The Rock", lest a cataclysm wash your sand castles (castles on sand) away.
    Build on the Rock
    But first, "fall on The Rock and be broken, lest The Rock fall on you and you be crushed"…
    One God.

  • david whiteside

    why does Saudia Arabia not take a couple of million of these so-called migrants like how they show off there new buildings show some gilt humanity you assholes

  • Israel Amor

    I just noticed that this guys always criticizing China and insinuating that the US is still the greatest country in the world. LOL! I don't know the term for it but after admitting he is hypocritical, he took it back and continued to justify US's atrocities to the world.

  • Buzzramjet

    The California system is way behind and is going to cost a whole lot more than your projection. How about some updates on all of these very fascinating articles.

  • Lord Ragnar GOT

    Hi Bro, please do a video on Amaravathi – India's first smart city under construction in Andhrapradesh state.

  • John Gordon

    This sounds like "We will fall off the edge of the world" and "TESLA will never work" also the cost of fusion energy will have to be recouped,

  • AstroBot 99

    Optimistic people: woah I never knew the future could be this great! 😄

    Political and nihilistic people: Ahem allow us to introduce ourselves

  • てきとう

    Shanghai Trans Rapid's Maglev and JR Tokai's SCMaglev are actually different in method

    Please see Wikipedia for more information

  • LeCoureurDesBois

    The advantage China has it that it doesn't need to get votes, they can just develop the economy without needing "support", they just do it and it works, it is a great opportunity for Nicaragua to develop, they should just shut up and take it

  • Judson Wesley

    Can Any of You the City Owners tell me the Name of the City where Your SOULS will Live Eternally ?
    Answer- :Hell Fire WITHOUT JESUS CHRIST Because Life without JESUS CHRIST is equal to Hell Fire so Iam inviting this earthly City Owners whosoever you are to know that your Cities will one day Melted and will NO Longer be in Existence SO please Escape the damnation of HELL and the Destruction of your Cities by Turning to GOD Almighty through HIS dear Son JESUS CHRIST Because Only in JESUS CHRIST We have Safety and Security ( SALVATION) THE LORD JESUS CHRIST BLESS YOU AMEN I LOVE YOU

  • Magalie Blanc

    My name is Marlie Martial and I am a Heterosexual woman. I am only attracted to men. I was born a woman. This is a spectacular spiritual world.

  • bunty Kumar

    OK SAUDI BUILT THE MOST EQUIPPED UNIVERSITY …………..BUT WILL SAUDIS START TO STUDY BOOKS BY GOOD WILL AND LABOUR ????? I DOUT…!!!!!!!!

  • Sister Jimin-ah’s Halal life guide

    Basically, the Middle East know what they doing while countries like the U.S. can’t even fix potholes on the streets

  • XENONPLASMA

    The ITER was originally supposed to be built in Canada but then Liberal PM Paul Martin and his government quashed the idea because of "enviromental concerns regarding pollution from the reactor" he also ignored the science and ignored the consortium. That's why it's being built in France and why Canada isn't even involved in it..due to political stupidity

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