architecture
The Tallest Lifts 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 half a mile tall, this elevator will require feats of engineering that, until now, have been the stuff of science fiction. Like the world's tallest, longest, and fastest lifts—which are being developed in a mineshaft in Finland. Read More >>

monster machines
The World’s Biggest Hammerhead Crane Can Lift an Entire 747

Many of today's seafaring megastructures would be nigh on impossible to build without the lifting assistance provided by dockside cranes. And as we continue to build ever-bigger systems we'll need ever bigger cranes, like the gigantic hammerhead from Kone. 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 >>