The National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII) recently released its latest infograpic that tells the story of how proper building codes and standards not only help keep us safe, but enable innovation in new and modernized buildings. According to NEII, codes are, in some ways, the unsung heroes and advocates of modern, urban environments. The graphic also shares some of the history and process of code development. Check it out below!
Atlas Obscura recently wrote about an escalator we hadn’t seen before. Only 85 km or so from Beijing, Longqing Gorge may feature China’s largest dam, but the bigger draw for some of us is its long escalator escalator system shrouded by an aggressive-looking dragon. It takes visitors up a staggering 258 m to the top of the dam. Is that a world record, as the article says, or is it still the Central-Mid-Levels system in Hong Kong?
Not only do you get to ride the escalators and see the damn at the gorge, a cable car and boats can be rode, and you can even bungee jump. Getting down is only by one of those ways, or by the stairs or a toboggan, because this wyvern only winds upward.
Tokyo-based English-language news blog SoraNews24 prides itself on finding “fun, weird, and intriguing news” from Japan and Asia, and we have to agree that these elevators meet all of those criteria. In a recent blog post, the author recounts the adventure of “Mr. Sato” as he left a train and made his way to a newly opened Bic Camera electronics store in Tokyo. He followed directional signs to the elevators, but at first thought he was lost at the sight of these lifts brilliantly disguised as train car entrances. We’ve seen some clever ideas before, and this one is right up there with the best. So, what do you think would be a cool elevator design?