Who Says VT Can’t Bring a Smile to Your Face?

Homer Simpson of “The Simpsons” fame is known to love doughnuts. As website designplayground.it found, you never know where Homer will pop up to add a chuckle to your day.

Vertical transportation (VT) is all about traveling through a building in a safe, efficient way. We all know that. Nothing exciting about it, is there? But, it doesn’t have to be boring. Website designplayground.it found plenty of examples of creative advertising or artwork incorporated into elevators and escalators. After looking through these, maybe your next elevator ride will inspire you to tap your inner artist.

Some Say He’s Still There …

In the wild, often wonderful world of Reddit, there’s a subreddit page titled Maybe Maybe Maybe that shares a stream of videos, which ALL must be titled Maybe Maybe Maybe, showing gifs of situations such as people narrowly escaping collisions with vehicles (or not), nailing that dramatic gymnastics trick (or not) and, of course, plenty of situations cats, dogs and other animals get themselves into. Occasionally, vertical transportation is involved, such as this one in which a cat makes it way down — but not all the way down — an upward-moving escalator. As is often the case with Reddit, the best parts are in the Comments. On this one, one commenter cleverly remarked, “Some say he’s still there,” presumably continuously trying to reach his destination. It also includes remarks about pets and elevator/escalator safety, pointing out that cats and dogs should be carried on escalators, if they are on them at all. Let’s hope this little guy (or gal) made it out of this situation OK!

Costume Contest for CTBUH 10th World Congress

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) 10th World Congress will take place from October 28 to November 2 in Chicago and the organization is planning the 50th Anniversary Congress Dinner, which will be held on October 30.

A photo from the 1931 Beaux-Arts Ball held in New York City. From left to right: A. Stewart Walker as the Fuller Building; Leonard Schultze as Waldorf-Astoria; Ely Jacques Kahn as the Squibb Building; William Van Alen as the Chrysler Building; Ralph Walker as Wall Street tower; D.E. Ward as Metropolitan Tower; and Joseph H. Freedlander as the Museum of the City of New York. © American Institute of Architects (cc by-sa)

According to CTBUH, the evening will be a modern interpretation of the 1931 Beaux-Arts Ball in New York, where titans from the building industry came dressed as the buildings they had created.”

The evening will have a full cocktail hour and a multi-course menu. To add to the fun of the evening, there will also be a VIP photo backdrop and some props to help capture the perfect picture.

Costumes can be an article of clothing, a full-blown outfit or anything in between. CTBUH will award a US$1,000 prize for best costume on the night of the dinner.

In order to win, participants must register for the competition ahead of time.