The incredible story behind a relatively simple innovation, that is continuing to shape our world. For more by The B1M subscribe now: http://ow.ly/GxW7y
Though we may take them for granted today, the advent of the elevator in the 19th Century transformed the way we live our lives.
Revolutionising building design, disrupting established conventions, shaping our cities and making our vertical world viable, elevator systems have continually helped engineers and designers raise the roof of structures – from the early skyscrapers of the 1800s to the incredible projects of today, that push the very limits of construction capability.
But what drove their original invention? How did the first elevators work? How have they evolved to support the extreme height of some of today’s most impressive projects and how will they support the vertical cities of the future?
Here, The B1M explore the story behind a relatively simple innovation that is continuing to shape our world.
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Footage and images courtesy of Chicago Historical Society, PLP Architecture, Foster + Partners, Fred Palumbo, World Telegram and Sun, United State Library of Congress Prints and Photographics Division, Jacob Riis, David K. Staub, Otis Elevator Company, Building Technology Heritage Library, George Gibson, Scott Gibson, Bob Shepherd, The Skyscraper Museum, Collection Tour Eiffel, Northwestern Mutual, Unico, The Underwood Archives, Hal Mitzenmacher, Robert Lawton, Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, Roker HRO, Lars H. Rohwedder, Dick Leonhardt, Gensler, Chris 73, ThyssenKrupp, Santiago Calatrava and Emaar Properties, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture and BIG.