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North Korea’s ‘Hotel of Doom’ and other spectacularly over-budget megaprojects


Megaprojects are mind-bogglingly complex undertakings that require meticulous organisation, not to mention a fair amount of luck, to get right. Needless to say, even the best-laid plans can go awry. With this in mind, click or scroll through 20 incredibly large-scale ventures throughout history that went horribly wrong.



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The brainchild of self-taught civil engineer William Mulholland, the dam was an accident waiting to happen. A multitude of engineering defects destabilised the structure, which was built on shaky foundations in an area with thoroughly unsuitable geology for such a dam. Mulholland was cleared of any wrongdoing but the catastrophic collapse put an abrupt end to his long career.



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The most expensive US highway megaproject on a cost-per-mile basis, Interstate H-3, which cuts through the Hawaiian island of O’ahu, has had a hugely problematic and controversial history. Originally proposed in the early 1960s, the environmentally-damaging highway was strongly opposed by many Native Hawaiians.



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