architecture
China Has Commissioned the World's Fastest Elevators

This week, the Japanese tech giant Hitachi announced a contract to build two of the fastest elevator in the world for a forthcoming skyscraper in China. Seems innocuous enough, right? But buried within the press release are a few fascinating details that illustrate how China's skyscraper boom is affecting the global economy—including the fact that it bought a whopping 60 per cent of all elevators sold in 2013. Read More >>

architecture
Ride an Outdoor Elevator to a Walkway in the Sky

If you've ever walked around in a hilly city, you've probably done your share of avoiding uphill paths. Hills have a way of carving dividing lines into a city. In Pamplona, Spain, two neighbourhoods separated by elevation could be connected by this striking new outdoor lift, or elevator. Read More >>

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Microsoft's Building Smart Elevators That Know When You Want to Get On

Smartphones, smartwatches, smart home appliances. Why not smart elevators? That's the question Microsoft asked—and then answered, by putting a Kinect camera in an elevator, training it to recognise when people want to get on, and teaching it to open the doors automatically when needed. Smart, indeed. Read More >>

architecture
Blinded By the Lights: How Skyscrapers Will Reach Insane New Heights

Architects who dream of casting a city in shadows with ever-higher towers are beset by the reality of making a high-rise building. One of the biggest questions is how to make a lift function above 500m, which is roughly the height you can use a steel cable before its weight is so great that it needs another damn cable just to lift itself. Like an Escher painting. Read More >>

design
New Lift Tech Will Double How Tall Our Highest Buildings Can Be

China may be quick on the path to constructing the world's newest tallest building ever, but should they succeed, their reign is probably going to be fairly short-lived—and all because of a lift. More specifically, a lift that can travel up to 1000 metres—two times higher than any built before it. Read More >>

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It Takes 20 Seconds Before People Get Annoyed About Waiting for the Elevator

Theresa Christy, a mathematician who works for Otis Elevator Co (they probably power your building), told the WSJ that once you press a button and wait for the elevator, it takes about 20 seconds before you start getting impatient and annoyed. Read More >>

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Firefighter Rescues Man from Stuck Elevator, Both Immediately Get Trapped in Another Elevator

Getting stuck in an elevator's rare, but you'd assume the experience would fall somewhere between the opening of Speed and a late-night made-for-TV flick. A Chicago man turned it into Groundhog Day when, after being rescued from one elevator, he promptly got stuck in another on the way back down to safety. Read More >>

safety
Despite Two Deaths in Two Weeks, Elevators Are Still Safer Than Stairs

Yesterday a woman was killed when she tried to enter an elevator that suddenly shot upwards out-of-control. Just a week earlier, a woman was crushed by an elevator as she tried to crawl out of one that was in-between floors. Are you now terrified of elevators? Read More >>

design
Descend into New York's Hellmouth Elevator

It's kind of hard to startle a New Yorker. That's not arrogance speaking so much as being numb to all the public masturbators by this point. Still, an elevator in a nondescript office building in Queens opening to a hellish mix of Carnivàle and a Tim Burton flick is something to see. Read More >>

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