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Recycling whole buildings

You probably recycle bottles, cans and paper at home, but imagine recycling whole buildings that have outlived their usefulness. Explore how doing this can save a huge amount of energy, prevent unnecessary carbon dioxide emissions and address landfill issues.

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Life without chemistry

Rebuild everyday products in a city. Test the properties of industrial materials. Choose materials suited to making items such as cars, buildings and clothing.


'Your house and mine', 1954 - asset 17

This is a clip from a 22-minute colour documentary made in Melbourne, Victoria in 1954 titled 'Your house and mine'. It shows people building houses, including a man laying bricks, a woman using a spade to mix concrete or mortar on a sheet of iron, a man sawing timber above a window frame and a man cutting timber with a ...


Construction of Sydney Harbour Bridge, 1931: Asphalt and concrete

This clip shows the final stages in the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1931 - the completion and sealing of the Bridge deck. The clip opens with the asphalt road surface being prepared. The next scene shows the appearance of the deck before concreting and asphalting, followed by scenes of concrete being made ...

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Digging up Earth's resources

Watch how resources are dug out of the ground and used in the construction of materials all around us. Discover how we rely on geology and the extraction of Earth's mineral and petrochemical products in our daily lives.