An event to promote the debut of a new Olympic sport featured a Polish
man racing an elevator in a seven-story race.
Marcin Dzienski, a speed climbing specialist, scaled a Warsaw hotel as a
neon-lit elevator rose next to him. The 26-year-old climbed a 23-m (75-ft)
plexiglass wall and hit the top after 12.12 seconds, with the elevator close
Speed climbing is one of three climbing disciplines that will be included
in the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Dzienski was the world champion
in a 2016 event.
Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) announced the winners of the Elevate
Your Pitch competition.
elevator-pitch competition, judged by members of Schindler Elevator
Corporation, was based on the premise of giving a quick description of a
business and/or idea in the time it would take to ride up an elevator (about 60
s), AIAS said in a press release.
The competition, which ran from February-June 2019, gave students the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win one of three cash prizes. The panel of judges chose the top three entries to compete in the finals at the AIAS Grassroots Leadership Conference on July 18-21, 2019.
of the competition were:
submitted by Joey Sandoval and Ethan Herrold of the University of Colorado
Boulder, is a conveniently located pop-up style vending machine for essential,
must-have design materials.
Wand, submitted by
Joshua Greene of California Baptist University, is a handheld scanner designed
to repair objects and reduce waste by enabling clients to 3D print “patches.”
Sum of its
Parts, submitted by
Randa Malkawi and Luke Rumage of the Washington Alexandria Architecture Center
of Virginia Tech, is a series of unique outdoor furniture that invites everyone
to interact with it and create their own space.
A new fiber, developed by a research team in Beijing, China
could be strong enough to make a space elevator possible.
According to South China Morning Post, the team from
Tsinghua University built a fiber from carbon nanotube that they say is “stronger
than anything seen before.” They say 1 cm3 of the fiber wouldn’t
break under the weight of 160 elephants (more than 800 t). In addition to being
strong, a piece of cable that size would only weigh 1.6 g.
Ideas for a space elevator have been floating around for
more than a century but the idea has never made it past physical and mathematical
models because no material has been found that is strong enough to build the
One of the main theories for a space elevator would involve
sending a large satellite into orbit that would lower a cable to the ground and
be anchored. Another cable would go in the opposite direction to serve as a
counterweight. The lift would then, theoretically, be suspended between the two
cables, pulled taut by gravity and centrifugal force.
The new fiber is the first that may be strong enough to make
the space elevator a reality, but for now, it’s too soon to tell.