Documenting Canada’s Elevators

Jordan Lowe, a friend of “Unstoppable” Tracy Schmitt (the inspirational speaker who gave her fascinating story at the Canadian Elevator Contractors Association Annual Convention, covered in the September issue), is an avid elevator photographer and videographer. He posts regular updates of “elevator tours” from across Canada to his YouTube channel and has an active elevator-related Facebook page. Have a look and engage in industry discussion with this real elevator enthusiast!

Aircraft Carriers’ Flirt With Escalators

The Drive’s article sheds some light on a little-known application for vertical transportation. Installed in the late 1940s through the 1950s, these Westinghouse Electric Stairways transported gear-laden aircrews from their ready rooms deep in the bowels of aircraft carriers up to the flight deck without winding them — at least, when they worked. Unreliability over time seems to have contributed to future ships doing away with them entirely, opting to simply locate ready rooms closer to flight decks.

Coming Soon to a City Near You?

U.K.-based Daily Mail has reported on what is says could be “the world’s tallest building ever.” Analemma Tower would be suspended from an orbiting asteroid 31,068 miles above Earth. It would hover above various places as it swings in a figure eight between the northern and southern hemispheres each day.

If the importance of a tethered high-strength cable sounds familiar, you may remember it from various space-elevator proposals. Here, one would be attached to an asteroid that is lowered to Earth and attached to the tower.

Could this be the start of a new wave of building design, or is it as Eugene Pharr commented, “just a ‘space elevator’ that is not anchored at the bottom”?