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About the Series The Interactive Labs
The Challenges
Wonders of the World Databank
Who Builds Big?
Educators Guide Site Map
Buy DVDs/Book

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Explore large structures and what it takes to build them with BUILDING BIG™, a five-part PBS television series and Web site from WGBH Boston. Here are the main features of the site:

Bridges, Domes, Skyscrapers, Dams, and Tunnels.

The Labs
Try your hand at our interactive engineering labs.

The Challenges
Take on the challenges of building big.

Wonders of the World Databank
Explore our databank of big structures.

Local Wonders
Investigate big structures near you.

Who Builds Big?
Find out what's cool about being an engineer.

About the Series
Learn more about the shows, and see a chat with David Macaulay.

Educators' Guide
How to use the Web site, with hands-on activities.

Shop Building Big
DVDs and books from David Macaulay available at

Site Tour
Learn more about the features in this site.

Site Map
The whole site at a glance.

Web Credits




BUILDING BIG is a coproduction of the WGBH Science Unit and Production Group, Inc., and is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston.

Major funding is provided by the National Science Foundation.

Additional funding comes from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.


Sponsors: ASCE and Siemens

National corporate sponsorship is provided by the American Society of Civil Engineers and by Siemens. NSF Logo cpb