Beautiful. Breathtaking. Tragic. Saddening. Historic. The new One World Trade Center’s observatory has elevators that display a 515-year visual timeline of New York City’s skyline and it’s an incredible view. Like if you were in a glass elevator and watching history unfold right before your eyes.
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.
Chilean newspaper Publimetro (in Spanish) reports on the terrible accident suffered by 30-year-old José Vergara: A malfunctioning elevator launched him across an entire building and into the roof, going through 34 stories in just 15 seconds. Reportedly, he suffered major fractures on his back and hips.
This is dumb. This is so goddamn dumb. Dumber than a bag of hammers. So dumb it's making my ears bleed. Dumb, dumb, dumb. DUMB. But I love it. Perpetual energy wasting machine, I love you. [Thanks Karl!]
Maybe it's just me, but as I see people jumping in and out the Paternoster—an elevator made of chained cars that never stop—I can only see myself being crushed between the car and the floor. Or losing a foot. Or some fingers. It's terrifying.
When Dmitry Bibikow, a paralyzed 32-year-old man from Russia, bought his apartment, the building owners promised to build an elevator for him. They lied. Dmitry waited six years and with no elevator in sight, decided to build his own.
It could be the world's largest elevator. Measuring about the size of my living room, an office in Osaka, Japan, has installed five of Mitsubishi Electric's largest elevators—capable of squeezing in 80 people each.
If you are in Sweden, beware: Getting the trash down in the elevator may kill you. It may be that I'm specially giggly this morning, but the illustration in the warning sign just makes me laugh.
It's probably safe to say that videoartist Marco Brambilla is a bit crazy. Actually, it's probably safe to say he's absolutely nuts after watching Civilization, the video-window montage that will take you from hell to heaven in an elevator.
In 2003, surgical resident Hitoshi Nikaidoh was stepping into an elevator when the doors closed shut suddenly, pinning him by the shoulders. This didn't seem too bad until the elevator began moving upwards.
Thirty-nine stories in the air, the glass-enclosed escalator at the Floating Garden Observatory in Osaka's Umeda Sky Building is...well, our feelings are best summed up by a Frommer's writer:Just make sure you tie your laces, lest you be sucked under the escalator dropped 36 floors to your death.
From a design standpoint, these new buttonless elevators in populated metro areas are great. Enter in the floor you want, and the central computer aggregates adjacent floors so people get where they're going faster. The problem comes when people get on board, change their minds, and freak due to a lack of control. And…
Sometimes things aren't what they appear to be, and here's a case in point: the floor of this elevator car is painted to give the illusion that there's no floor at all. It's a trompe l'oeil that's realistic enough to convince the roadrunner that there is indeed a tunnel on the side of the mountain, not just a painting…
There are startups and then there are startups. Web 2.0 is all fine and dandy and I love AJAX as much as the next person but let's face it, as amazing as Flickr, del.icio.us and MeasureMap are, they and the rest of the new web apps combined and taken to the tenth power aren't even half as sexy as the Space Elevator.…