architecture
Miniature Home Lift Could Replace Stair Lifts and… Stairs

This amazing idea is the concept of UK-based company Terry Lifts, which wants to do away with stairlifts and perhaps even the outdated concept of stairs themselves by creating a simple and cheap lift you could put in the corner of a room. Read More >>

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Future Lifts Will Use Maglev to Go Up, Down and Sideways

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

architecture
How Fast the Lifts 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 down. 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 lift the 125th floor might as well not exist. Read More >>

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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 >>

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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 a lift in your home, though, it takes some serious construction. Why not travel through pneumatic tubes like the Jetsons? No, seriously, you can. 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 >>