The following image comes from “Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words”, a new book written by Randall Munroe. The book explains everyday things using simple language and images. Munroe also creates comics about scientific topics on his blog xkcd. The Lifting Room is indeed an actual el…Read More
There is an entire culture and politics behind riding elevators and escalators. In 1999, Mitchell Rose created a computer-animated essay on the spatial politics of elevator riding. This short film won the Grand Prize for Best Short at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
The video walk…Read More
encourages kids to “Hold On, Lace Up, and Face Forward!” EESF recently unveiled their new safety superheroes, Safe T Riders. The characters were unveiled at the foundation’s fundraiser held at the …Read More
A patch of land was once limited by a person’s tolerance to ascend stairs. The introduction of a zippy “vertical transportation system” in the 1850s broke through that ceiling.
Elevators impacted the value of top-tier single-family homes, too.
The first residential elevator — a counterweight l…Read More
Charles V reigned as King of Spain from 1516 to 1556. He established his residence in the Alhambra located in Granada, Spain. Construction began on his palace in 1527. On May 19, 2014, the much needed residential lift has finally opened after 487 years!
The installation was not an easy task, but …Read More
The Man Behind The Closing Doors
Like a lot of other automated machines today, we take the automatic opening and closing of elevator doors for granted. When the elevator was first invented in the mid-19th century, the elevator operator or the passengers themselves had to manually close the doors.…Read More
Many of us use them several times a day without really noticing. And yet the way we behave in lifts, or elevators as they are known in the US, reveals a hidden anxiety. “Most of us sort of shut down.” “We w…Read More