Recognitions MIT, CTBUH bestow honors.
ThyssenKrupp Innovations put it on “50 Smartest” List ThyssenKrupp innovations including the maglev, multicar elevator system MULTI (ELEVATOR WORLD, February 2015), accelerated moving walk ACCEL (EW, December 2014) and the fastest elevators in the Americas at One World Trade Center in New York City earned it the number-35 spot on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) “50 Smartest Companies in 2015” list. Editors of the MIT Technology Review praised the versatility and potential of the innovations, which promise to help transform mobility in the world’s fastest-growing cities. Patrick Bass, CEO of ThyssenKrupp North America, observed: “Innovation is the engine driving ThyssenKrupp’s next chapter of growth. Our ongoing investments in next-generation technologies, such as MULTI in the vertical transportation sector and InCar®plus in the automotive industry, are strongly customer focused and are aligned in areas we have identified as key to our future business.”
An architectural element of the Burj Khalifa serves as a track for the BMUs.
innovation category also recognized finalists, including the under-construction Tao Chu Yin Yuan skyscraper in Taipei for its twisting, seismic-zone friendly design; the freeform, load-bearing Triagrid Structural System; and the façade-access system at the Burj Khalifa, in which an architectural element of the building serves as a track for the building maintenance units (BMUs). The system was conceived by architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; Lerch Bates Inc.; and BMU manufacturer CoxGomyl.
CTBUH Honors Performance, Innovation Winners and finalists of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) 2015 Performance and Innovation Awards have been announced. For performance, Chifley Tower in Sydney was honored for a renovation resulting in a marked decrease in electricity consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, along with a national energy rating. For innovation, the HOLEDECK® concrete-slab construction system won the top honor for its space-saving qualities. The
Chifley Tower in Sydney, ©Reco Bathurst Pty Ltd
Paternosters Back in Germany After Fans Take a Stand A June 1 German law that required passenger training for paternosters and effectively halted them has been cast aside after a fierce backlash from the archaic conveyance’s fervent fans, numerous news agencies, such as The Wall Street Journal, reported. The law was amended to say anyone who takes “appropriate safety measures” may use them. Opponents – who appear to be scarce in Germany – contend the system is dangerous, while proponents point out there hasn’t been a fatal accident in 15 years. Invented by a British engineer in 1877, paternosters became very popular in Germany, which now has 231 of the systems. New installations were banned in the mid 1970s. The paternoster at Axel Springer SE in Berlin; photo by Thomas Schmidt
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