As GCR readers in many countries prepare for Christmas and New Year holidays, we offer a list of our most-read stories of 2022 as a way of reflecting on another tumultuous year.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine makes its presence felt in interest showed in articles about the EU’s threats to seize $300bn in Russian assets to rebuild Ukraine, Mexico’s plan to export gas to Europe, and Poland’s breaking through the Vistula Spit to increase its maritime independence.
The comparative vibrancy of the US construction market shows in the popularity of articles about big commercial and infrastructure projects there, as the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act championed by the Biden administration takes effect.
As climate concern grows, our coverage of renewable energy driving new types of construction activity got attention, with stories about wooden turbine blades and solar panels on canals entering the final top 10.
Hopes for a revival in the Gulf construction market seems to have bolstered interest in our story on the race to build Bahrain’s metro system, while the ongoing revolution in construction technology continues to intrigue, as evidenced by the traffic generated by our “swarms of flying construction drones” article.
- EU threatens to seize €300bn from Russia to rebuild Ukraine (30 Nov)
- Turner to build 60-acre New Jersey film studio (3 Oct)
- Ground broken on $1.3bn Marriott resort for California (31 Aug)
- 11 companies prequalify to bid for $2bn Bahrain metro (30 May)
- LA-to-Vegas high speed line set to break ground next year (12 Dec)
- Mexico to build $5bn LNG plant to relieve Europe’s energy famine (30 Sep)
- Up next in the wind revolution: Wooden turbine blades (17 Nov)
- Poland opens €420m Baltic canal to avoid Russian waters (20 Sep)
- California to test solar panels on canals as major source of energy (4 Apr)
- Scientists can now build structures with swarms of flying drones (22 Sep)