In 1980, the tallest building on the planet was the Sears Towers in Chicago, and Dubai was a dusty strip of desert with a single highway. Fast forward 30 years and the world's tallest building stands at more than 800 metres, cities like Las Vegas have sprawled across the desert and are home to millions, and China is the manufacturing capital of the world. And it's all happened in a single lifetime. In this first episode, Dallas Campbell accesses some of the most amazing constructions on the planet, travelling from the glittering heights of the world’s tallest building in Dubai to the bustling favelas of Rio and to the planet's biggest city of all - Tokyo. Then there's some scuba-diving through Mexico's sewage...
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