Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
CTBUH Rope-less and Non-Vertical Elevators
Research Team Holds Fourth Meeting

May 29, 2018

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CHICAGO – The fourth meeting for the CTBUH research activity, “A Study in the Design Possibilities Enabled by Rope-Less, Non-Vertical Elevators”, was held at the CTBUH HQ in Chicago, on May 29, 2018.

The purpose of the meeting was to present to Markus Jetter, Head of Product Development of thyssenkrupp Elevator,  the progress of the research and to discuss the final outup of this two year research. In fact, during this meeting, Dario Trabucco presented an advanced draft of the final publication that will be featured as part of the research report series, produced by CTBUH


Dario Trabucco, CTBUH Research Manager, and Markus Jetter, Head of Product Development for thyssenkrupp elevator

They discussed the final output of this research, which had already been briefly dicussed and agreed upon in previous meetings. The first section of the publication will cover the crucial moments in the history of the evolution of vertical transport systems in relation to the tall building. The research team focused on less conventional systems of internal transportation, including the Paternoster, multi-cab designs, solutions designed ad hoc to solve specific needs, and the most recent rope-less and non-vertical proposals, which move by linear induction motors and are finally free from many of the previous limits of traditional elevators. Following the historical analysis, the primary objective of this output – which was developed through the support of the external experts – is dedicated to the design considerations that must be taken when applying a rope-less and non-vertical elevator systems into the design of a tall building. Finally, in order to express the possibilies of this system to architects, developers, and others in the tall building field, some visions and case studies of future tall buildings will be presented, developed by architecture students from around the world and supported by the international experts.

This document will provide usful information for architects, developers, and others that are interested, on the topic of new design possibilities, innovative technologies, and future city development. The main idea is to present the wide range of new possibilities made available by these new technological innovations, such as the rope-less and non-vertical elevator system
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