Elevator-Pitch Competition

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) announced the winners of the Elevate Your Pitch competition.

The 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.

The winners of the competition were:

First Place | $2,500

The Supply Machine, 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.

Second Place | $1,000

The Patch 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.”

Third Place | $500

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.

For more information on the competition, visit aias.org/pitch.

Iconic New Orleans Restaurant Giving Diners a Lift

Antoine’s Restaurant has been a home for fine dining in New Orleans’ French Quarter since 1840; photo by Wikimedia user Infrogmation.

At Antoine’s in the heart of New Orleans’ famed French Quarter, you can delight your senses with the original Oysters Rockefeller, alligator bisque soup and Chateaubriand. You can enjoy Sunday brunch served against a soundscape of live jazz music or drop in during the week for a unique lunch experience. You can immerse yourself in the elegant surroundings of one of this iconic French-Creole restaurant’s 14 dining rooms. But, what you’ve never been able to do, not in its nearly 180 years of operation, is take an elevator for an upstairs table. That’s about to change, though. Local television station WGNO reports that Antoine’s, the oldest family-owned restaurant in the U.S., will be adding a lift to make it easier for diners of all ages and abilities to take in all it has to offer. Details about the elevator’s design or when it would be installed were not immediately available, but for fans of fine dining, this is indeed an uplifting development.

Documenting France’s Elevators

What Jordan Lowe does for Canada, The French Elevator Channel does for France and beyond. Some elevators are gorgeous and well maintained, but I gravitate toward watching footage of the worst. Is the one below really the “worst elevator ever on YouTube”? I’ll just say I’d rather take my chances with the stairs.