Project Start: September 2016
Project Completion: September 2018
Principal Investigators: Dario Trabucco & Antony Wood, Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
The CTBUH research project, “A Study on the Design Possibilities Enabled by Ropeless, Non-vertical Elevators,” has received $264,000 in funding from thyssenkrupp AG to embark on an ambitious 24-month comprehensive study. The research investigates how technological innovation in elevators, specifically ropeless non-vertical cabins, could impact the design outcomes of tall buildings and cities. The study seeks to remove the evolutionary bottleneck created by exclusively vertical elevator systems, as conventional systems to date have limited the height and influenced the shape of skyscrapers, which have historically been designed as a vertical repetition of floors.
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