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Dubai Aerotropolis

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#4 Constructing an aerotropolis

In the fourth episode of our series “The Megaproject Listing” we fly to the Middle East. Dubai is taking a leap into the future by constructing the world´s biggest airport, and a whole new urban form around it – the aerotropolis.

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Traditionally, airports have been built to serve a busy city. Preferably on the outskirts of town. Now, Dubai and a number of other cities around the world are aiming at a reverse pattern....

Hard work, determination and a career-long respect for people of all backgrounds and cultures have led him to develop into a unique team player with global competence.

Take a look at how sand and four other desert challenges are handled when working with the articulated hauler in Dubai.

How will we live in the future? What will travel, work and housing look like? One prediction is that more cities will be developed around an airport.

Per Lorentzon changed quiet Eskilstuna for busy
Dubai. He is now promoting Volvo Construction Equipment in the emirate where construction work is literally everywhere.

Why is Dubai building not only the world’s largest airport but a city where the airport is the key to development?

140 square kilometers of Dubai desert will be transformed into the world´s largest airport. Meet the dealer and the contractor who have taken on the job.

Dubai has made a name for itself across the globe as a place where the impossible is made possible – a modern marvel of a city sprung from the desert as if a mirage.

Airports let your dreams take off. And like the best dreams – airports are often very big. Al Maktoum International Airport will be the biggest of them all.

68 new stations and 200 kilometers of new metro lines. This is how Europe’s biggest construction project is about to change Paris.

Meeting a satisfied client makes his day. Vincent Blandin works as a Business Sales and Technical Controller for Volvo CE – and has been with the company for 14 years.

A giant and ambitious project to be finished in 2035, will serve the Parisians with four brand new metro lines and more possibilities to travel between the city center and the suburbs.

Boulevard Périphérique, literally forms a concrete circle around the city. Now, initiatives are taken to transform the grey ring into something green.

The Grand Paris

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#3 Paris New Revolution

More than one million vehicles are stuck on the beltway every morning and the metro is just as over populated. Now massive change has started under the Parisians feet.

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A new Paris is being born. And parts of the old city are taken down in the process. Where do the remains of an old city go? Follow the gravel.

Different kinds of transportation systems based on electricity and travelling together, not only on regular roads, are on their way in.

Here are the abandoned places which can be given a total make over.

Name a machine problem and he can fix it. Meet Vincent Blandin, the machine doctor at Volvo CE in France.

French based, global pipeline contractor SPIECAPAG is using 97 Volvo Construction equipment machines on the TAP (Trans Adriatic Pipeline) as part of the southern gas corridor that will bring...

The Kiruna move is unique in many ways – but it’s not the first time in history cities or parts of them have been moved and rebuilt. Here are some examples from around the world.

Krister Lindstedt, lead architect for the new Kiruna, tells Spirit how people, not buildings, were put in the very heart of the design process.

One day, Anton Laitamaa is a thousand meters underground and the next, servicing machines in the new center. Spirit followed him on the job.

Sweden’s northernmost city Kiruna was formed around a mine for more than 100 years ago. Now, the same mine is threatening to swallow up the town.

The architect behind the relocation goes into the details of the city relocation. What is the final version for Kiruna? And how do you actually move an entire city?

The city of Kiruna with the mine in the background

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#2 Moving a city to expand the mine

In the second episode of our series ’The Megaproject Listing’, we visit the northernmost city in Sweden, Kiruna. This arctic town is currently undergoing a gigantic urban relocation, moving central parts from one place to another. And it is all because of the mine.

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Kiruna’s early history can be tracked by studying its houses, many of which will be preserved and relocated to the new city.

Eva and Carl-Johan Mäki lived in Kiruna’s Ullspiran district for almost 40 years. “You’ve got to look forwards, not backwards,” says Eva Mäki.

Why the town of Kiruna is being moved and what makes it one of the most ambitious urban planning projects in the world.

The masterplan for the new Kiruna by White and Ghilardi+Hellsten Arkitekter involves establishing a new central square and bringing the surrounding nature closer to the residents. This is...

Machine operator Martin Oja has been working on the city transformation project in Kiruna for almost ten years. He’s looking forward to the day the city is completed.