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.

All Aboard!

Pardon me, but will this train take me to the elevators? Images from SoraNews24

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?

The elevator cars’ interior design keeps up the illusion.

ECNY Supplier Showcase Fun: Hand-Rolled Cigars and Some Very Happy Suppliers

Your author just got back from yet-another wonderful edition of the Elevator Conference of New York’s (ECNY) Supplier Showcase at the lovely Villa Barone Manor in the Bronx. Bobby “Bobby Dee” Defrancesco of Benfield Electric Supply conceived the showcase several decades ago and it’s been going strong, and getting stronger, ever since. There are well over 100 suppliers, thousands of attendees and a significant waiting list of suppliers — not only US-based, but from all over the world.

Silvain Mongrain of Mongrain Vertical Transport always hands out hand-rolled cigars at the showcase, but this year (as he has done on occasion) he offered something very special: cigars being rolled live in person by a professional. Everyone was in high spirits throughout the event, as evidenced by the below picture of the Peelle team.