China Accidentally Built a Housing Complex in the Middle of a Highway

There's no denying that China doesn't have the best record when it comes to urban planning and development, particularly in regards to real estate—and their most recent blunder is a doozy. Thanks to some poor planning and (presumably poor) communication, China accidentally built a brand new set of modern apartments… » 10/09/13 2:00pm 10/09/13 2:00pm

New York City's New Subway Tunnel Looks Like a Level from Half-Life

New York City's Metro Transit Authority is still plugging away on its giant project to bring the 7 train into far west Manhattan, and the scope of the construction is just as awe-inspiring as ever. The MTA just put out a crop of new pictures on Flickr, and we just can't help but see a slight comparison to a certain,… » 6/24/13 3:28pm 6/24/13 3:28pm

15 Photographs of the Superstructures That Put Us in Space

“It is easy to invent a flying machine,” said the 19th century aviation engineer Otto Lilienthal, “[and] more difficult to build one; to make it fly is everything.” The challenge of air (and later, space) travel began not with building aircraft, but with building a realistic simulation machine in which to test those… » 5/28/13 10:49am 5/28/13 10:49am

Electronic Road Sign Hacked With Racist Trayvon Martin Message

The killing of black Florida teenager Trayvon Martin has sparked a weird kind of racial spasm that's resulted in terrible articles, Spike Lee scaring old people, and made Facebook almost unvisitable for the past week. Now Metro Detroit's getting in on the bile after someone in Dearborn — the suburb of Detroit home to… » 4/09/12 12:30pm 4/09/12 12:30pm

Construction has begun at America's next failed F1 circuit

Jalopnik superfriend and New Jersey explorer J.F. Musial captured this image of the start of construction for the New Jersey Grand Prix. It might just be the paddock/parking garage, located in exceedingly glamorous Weehawken, but it's a start. » 11/28/11 3:30pm 11/28/11 3:30pm

Chinese Road Construction At The Speed Of Light

MDOT road crews began clearing away the remains of the Nine Mile Rd bridge from Wednesday's tanker truck explosion. Pretty quick, right? Not really. Want to see quick construction? Head to Shijiazhuang, China and see how quickly an intersection's built. » 7/20/09 11:00am 7/20/09 11:00am

Who Needs Ramps? Bobcat Loads Itself Onto Flatbed

When there's a problem, there's always an ingenious way to solve said problem (usually ball bearings). Case-in-point is this Bobcat. Using maneuvers reserved for the most agile gymnasts, the Bobcat manages to balance itself on two wheels, prop itself onto the truck and use a combination of movement from the Bobcat and… » 5/22/08 2:40pm 5/22/08 2:40pm

How to Take a Bulldozer Front End Loader Up on Two Wheels

Who knew hoonage with construction equipment could be so much fun? Actually, we kinda did. So basically what you need to do to get a bulldozer front end loader up on just two of its four wheels is to load up the shovel with as much dirt as humanly possible, raise the lift arm right about as high as you can take … » 12/17/07 12:45pm 12/17/07 12:45pm

Death-Proofing The Golden Gate

The Golden Gate bridge, for the deaf, blind and comatose people who haven't noticed, is an icon recognized for its beauty; a symbol of all that is good and wonderful about the Golden State. And it's also most-definitely an engineering triumph. So let's face it, if one's despondent and wants to end it all, why wouldn't » 6/13/07 11:00pm 6/13/07 11:00pm