Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
CTBUH Research Kick-off Meeting: Rope-less, Non-vertical Elevators
August 30, 2016

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CHICAGO – The kick-off meeting for the CTBUH research project entitled “A Study on the Design Possibilities Enabled by Rope-less, Non-vertical Elevators” was held at Herman Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago on August 30th, 2016. The research aims to study the possibilities enabled by the application of rope-less, non-vertical elevator systems, presented by representatives from thyssenkrupp AG during the meeting. The meeting brought together leading experts in the fields of tall building design, structural engineering, vertical transportation, real estate, consulting, and fire safety.
Attendees engaged in the meeting.
After a brief welcome and general presentation of the research projects undertaken by Dario Trabucco, CTBUH Research Manager, the representative team from thyssenkrupp AG presented information on their company and MULTI, the innovative rope-less, non-vertical elevator system they are preparing to launch next year. This new system would create a lot of new possibilities in the design process of both buildings and modern cities, which have been limited by the evolutionary bottleneck of conventional vertical transportation systems. Similar ideas have been proposed by other experts in vertical transportation, but thyssenkrupp AG is the first company to transform this idea into reality.
Rendering of MULTI, a rope-less, non-vertical elevator system.
The scope of the research is to evaluate how this innovation in vertical transportation could change the underlying formula of skyscrapers and cities. To reach this goal, the experts who attended the meeting will have a steering role in supporting the research. Over the coming months, expert panels, led by steering committee members, will focus on different aspects of the design process, giving their personal input on the possible constraints preventing the full exploitation of non-vertical elevator installations in relation to their specific field. The CTBUH research team will manage and organize the research timeline over the next two years.

Is a new “generation” of towers and cities approaching? Will these “genetically modified buildings” trigger a radical change in the way buildings and cities are designed, and how will this affect the lives of their inhabitants? Through this research, we may soon know the answers to these questions.
Group photo of the attending academic and industry experts, thyssenkrupp AG representatives, and CTBUH staff. From Left to Right: Steve Edgett (Edgett Williams Consulting Group), Karl-Otto Schöllkopf (TKE), Martina Belmonte (CTBUH), Antony Wood (CTBUH), Dario Trabucco (CTBUH), David Crowell (RMC International), Markus Jetter (TKE), Benjamin Brandes (TKE), Matthias Glück (TKE), Stefan Gerstenmeyer (TKE), Thomas Kuczera (TKE), Alberto Alvarez Rodriquez (Jensen Hughes), Jürgen Frantzheld (TKE), Dennis Poon (Thornton Tomasetti), Robin Cheeseright (D2E International VT Consultants Ltd), Rob Chmielowski (Magnusson Klemencic Associates), Luke Leung (Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP), and
Peng Du (CTBUH).
Steering Committe Members:
Nick Mullholland Alinea Consultin
Peter Weismantle AS+GG Architecture
Martina Belmonte CTBUH
Dario Trabucco CTBUH
Antony Wood CTBUH
Robin Cheeseright D2E International VT Consultants Ltd
Steven Edgett Edgett Williams Consulting Group
Sean Ahres Jensen Hughes
Ervin Cui Jensen Hughes
Alberto Alvarez Rodriquez Jensen Hughes
Rob Chmielowski Magnusson Klemencic Associates
David Crowell RMC International
Luke Leung Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP
Dennis Poon Thornton Tomasetti
Benjamin Brandes thyssenkrupp Elevator – Team MULTI
Jürgen Frantzheld thyssenkrupp Elevator – Team MULTI
Stefan Gerstenmeyer thyssenkrupp Elevator – Team MULTI
Matthias Glück thyssenkrupp Elevator – Team MULTI
Markus Jetter thyssenkrupp Elevator – Team MULTI
Thomas Kuczera thyssenkrupp Elevator – Team MULTI
Karl-Otto Schöllkopf thyssenkrupp Elevator – Team MULTI