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Chicago Firefighters Safely Rescue Riders After Skyscraper Elevator Falls 84 Floors Chicago Firefighters Safely Rescue Riders After Skyscraper Elevator Falls 84 Floors

An express elevator in a Chicago building formerly called the John Hancock Center until earlier this year, the 100-story tower at 875 North Michigan Avenue that is the fourth-tallest skyscraper in the city, fell from the Signature Room restaurant on its 95th floor all the way down to the 11th on Nov. 16th due to a…

Brilliant Staircase Design Stores Extra Energy to Make It Easier to Climb Later

Do you deliberately avoid visiting friends who live in multi-story buildings without an elevator? No one would fault you—having to climb even just a single flight of stairs is like being forced to workout against your will. But thanks to engineers at Georgia Tech and Emory University, stairs might one day do all the…

Elevators of the Future Will Move Sideways Without a Single Cable

One of the biggest engineering challenges of building a towering skyscraper isn’t keeping the structure from falling over, it’s moving all the people around inside of it. To improve efficiency, and facilitate the construction of even taller buildings, Germany’s ThyssenKrupp has completely redesigned elevators so that…

Will This Manually-Powered Elevator Replace Stairs One Day?

A team of designers from the Rombaut Frieling Lab in Eindhoven, Netherlands, have created what they believe is the perfect hybrid between stairs and elevators: an unusual contraption called the Vertical Walking that lets people move between floors with minimal manual effort.

The World's Largest Elevator Can Lift 6.7 Million Pounds of Ship

There are a lot of logistical problems that pop up when you build a 600-foot structure like the Three Gorges Dam in China’s Hubei province. For example, how do ships navigate the sudden extreme difference in water heights on either side of the dam? That’s an easy one. You just build the world’s largest elevator…

This Elevator Moves Both Horizontally and Vertically

Willy Wonka’s glass elevator is real! Well, sort of.

How Would a Real Space Elevator Work and Is It Even Possible to Build?

Kurzgesagt ponders the question of whether space elevators can be built and answers it as only they can. It’s fascinating to learn about the (obvious) benefits of having a space elevator—sending things to space becomes much, much cheaper!—but even if it’ll take forever and a half to build this mythical 22,370-mile…

This Super Tall, Super Thin Tower Was Built Just To Test Elevators This Super Tall, Super Thin Tower Was Built Just To Test Elevators

How do you design a new type of elevator without installing it in an existing building? It’s a chicken/egg question that engineers have long struggled with—even using abandoned mine shafts to test new technology.

Trapped In an Elevator? In Japan, At Least You'll Have a Toilet Trapped In an Elevator? In Japan, At Least You'll Have a Toilet

You’re on an elevator. An earthquake hits. It’s scary. The power goes out, and now you’re stuck. And you gotta go, bad. Luckily, Japan is putting emergency toilets on elevators to prevent such nightmares.

These Multidirectional, Cable-Free Elevators Could Be Ready By 2016 These Multidirectional, Cable-Free Elevators Could Be Ready By 2016

Elevator technology hasn't really improved much since its first appearance over 160 years ago. Enter ThyssenKrupp's MULTI — an advanced elevator system that's poised to radically transform the way we get around buildings.

How to Fix the Elevator How to Fix the Elevator

High rise buildings have used the same elevator system for decades. So why mess with a good thing? Because that good thing is one major waste of space. Friends, it's time to redesign the elevator.

Future Elevators Will Use Maglev to Go Up, Down—and Sideways Future Elevators Will Use Maglev to Go Up, Down—and Sideways

Is only going up in the elevator getting you down? Not for much longer: ThyssenKrupp, the German steel and engineering company, has announced that it's building the next generation of elevators that will use magnetic levitation to travel up, down and side-to-side at speed in the buildings of the future.

How Fast the Elevators in the World’s Tallest Buildings Go

When you're building supertalls, there are other problems to worry about than just making sure they don't fall or blow over. One of the biggest is how to get people up to the top in a reasonable amount of time. If you've got a slow elevator the 125th floor might as well not exist.

The Quest to Build an Elevator to Space The Quest to Build an Elevator to Space

Forget buying a stairway to heaven. Serious people are trying to build an elevator to space.

The Tallest Elevators On Earth Are Being Tested In an Old Mineshaft The Tallest Elevators On Earth Are Being Tested In an Old Mineshaft

Jeddah's Kingdom Tower will be taller than any other structure ever built. At more than one kilometer high, this supertall will require feats of engineering that, until now, have been the stuff of science fiction. Like the world's tallest, longest, and fastest elevators—which are being developed in a mine shaft in…

Who Invented the Elevator? Who Invented the Elevator?

The history of the elevator, if you define it as a platform that can move people and objects up and down, is actually a rather long one. Rudimentary elevators are known to have been in use in ancient Rome as far back as 336 B.C., with the first reference of one built by the talented Archimedes.

China Just Commissioned the World's Fastest Elevators China Just Commissioned the World's Fastest Elevators

Today, 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…

Why Take the Stairs When You Can Travel by Pneumatic Tube? Why Take the Stairs When You Can Travel by Pneumatic Tube?

It takes work to go upstairs, but it doesn't have to. That's why elevators were invented. If you want an elevator in your home, though, it takes some serious construction. Why not travel through pneumatic tubes like the Jetsons? No, seriously, you can.

Ride an Outdoor Elevator to a Walkway in the Sky 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 neighborhoods separated by elevation could be connected by this striking new outdoor elevator.

Microsoft's Building Smart Elevators That Know When You Want to Get On 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 recognize when people want to get on, and teaching it to open the doors automatically when needed. Smart, indeed.

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