thyssenkrupp Elevator 3D Artist/Photographer Shares Some of His Work

In a LinkedIn post titled “Animating ropes is way harder than it looks,” Ron Acord, a 3D artist/photographer/videographer for thyssenkrupp Elevator, shared a video clip of ropes in operation. Despite its brevity, the animation clearly shows how such a system works. Acord also captured some lovely images when thyssenkrupp Elevator completed the concrete core of its test tower near Atlanta. Upon completion, it will be the tallest tower in the Western Hemisphere at 420 ft. A couple of Acord’s test-tower photos are seen below.

How Skyscrapers Are Built

The following is a guest post by Christian Castillo, junior content marketing specialist at siegemedia. . . . Editor

Skyscrapers are pretty much a part of our everyday lives now. In fact, they’re so ingrained into that it’s sometimes hard to imagine they didn’t just come premade with the city. They are unique and highly useful buildings, and each one is unique to another. However, their methods of construction aren’t vastly different. The animated infographic below from BigRentz shows the most common method of how a skyscraper is built, and it’s interesting to see all the different moving parts that go into their construction.


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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.