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.
On July 29, visitors to the world-famous Empire State Building in NYC have the opportunity to embark on a “journey from the building’s construction to its place in pop culture today.” For elevator (and history, design and technology) enthusiasts, that journey includes a brand-new Otis display, which Otis states “showcases our rich history with this iconic building, as well as our latest technology that transports more than 10 million people each year . . . .” A few years ago, Otis won a hotly competitive contract to modernize the 68-elevator system, a job that included restoration of the Art Deco elevator lobby. At the time, it was the biggest elevator modernization in Otis’ 158-year history. Available with the purchase of a ticket to the Empire State Building’s 86th-floor observatory, the Otis elevator display allows guests to walk through a simulation of an elevator shaft. The display showcases not only how the original elevators operated, but the new technology installed. The new 2nd Floor Exhibits also include vivid, action-packed looks at the site in the 1920s, construction of the buildings, major tenant spaces, most famous celebrity visitors (with signed memorabilia) and, of course, King Kong!! If you’re in NYC, be sure to check it out.
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.