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Dec. 19, 2018

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KONE has been selected to provide 180 units to World Expo 2020, taking place in Dubai from October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021. The grounds are designed in the shape of a flower, with Al Wasl Plaza the central visitor hub connecting three, petal-shaped thematic districts — each reflecting one of the expo's sub-themes of mobility, sustainability and opportunity. The order consists of 151 MonoSpace®, six platform and one limited-mobility elevator, as well as 16 TravelMasterTM 110 escalators, six dumbwaiters and the E-LinkTM system-management tool. Set to become a new, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold-certified city called District 2020 after the expo, the thematic districts include six pavilion buildings designed for commercial, residential and retail use. Architects for the thematic districts and Al Wasl Plaza are Hopkins Architects Dubai and Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, respectively.


thyssenkrupp has proposed Bayer AG Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Johannes Dietsch fill the CFO role under a three-year contract starting in February 2019, Reuters reports. Dietsch’s role would be instrumental as thyssenkrupp spins off its elevators, car-parts and plant-engineering units into a separate entity known as thyssenkrupp Industrials. thyssenkrupp Supervisory Board Chairman Bernhard Pellens said Dietsch brings “exactly the skills and experience we need” since, for Bayer, he arranged funding for the US$63-billion cash takeover of Monsanto and the gradual sale of Bayer’s chemicals and plastics division.


One Manhattan Square, an amenities-rich residential skyscraper on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York, is nearing full completion, with the glass on the top of the building almost in place, New York YIMBY reports. Designed by Adamson Associates, the 81-story structure contains 815 residences, including a pair of two-story penthouses, one of which has already sold for more than US$13 million. The 1.26-million-sq.-ft. building includes ground-level retail and a host of amenities such as a 45,000-sq.-ft. private outdoor terrace, saltwater swimming pool, 70-seat movie theater, stargazing observatory, pet spa and children’s playground. Views include Lower Manhattan, the East River, New York Harbor, Midtown and the Manhattan Bridge. Extell is the developer, and completion is anticipated in 2019.


With the year-end and New Year’s travel season approaching, East Japan Railway (JR East) has launched a campaign to promote the safe and efficient use of escalators at its Tokyo Station, NHK reports. JR East has placed posters around the station urging passengers to stand still on escalators, and security guards wearing bright vests are making personal appeals to commuters, asking them to stand two abreast and not walk on escalators, as opposed to the common practice of some standing to one side of the escalator to allow others to walk through. Illustrations of people standing in two lines and holding onto the escalator's handrails have been placed on the floors in front of the escalators, and walls and handrails carry messages saying such things as "Please do not walk." While many people continued to walk during the first day of the campaign, JR East officials said that some stopped. The campaign will last until February 1, 2019.


The 16th-tallest building under construction in New York City (NYC), 125 Greenwich Street, is only a few floors away from topping out, New York YIMBY reports. A great deal of progress was made in 2018 on the 88-story, 912-ft.-tall residential tower, which is in the Financial District. Construction appears to have reached the amenity floors — the top three stories — which will house dining and entertainment rooms, a swimming pool, a fitness center and a spa. After that, only the mechanical walls, which will make up the building’s crown, will need to be raised. The building will have 273 residential units that will have views of Lower Manhattan, including 1 World Trade Center. It was designed by Rafael Viñoly and developed by Bizzi & Partners and Vector Group. Completion is expected in 2020.

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