At ELEVATOR WORLD, we love to follow sources that keep tabs on all kinds of great things, such as elevators, the latest products and interesting designs. And, of course, the world’s tallest buildings. We often treat you with what we find from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat; it’s an unbeatable source for information about the world’s high rises. From time to time, however, we find other sources that offer excellent looks at tall buildings, and this is no different: behold, Visual Capitalist. They recently shared listings of the world’s tallest buildings, including drawings (we offer just a snip here) that show you where they are and how they stack up. Check it out on their website!
Manufacturing and technological advances are vital for a growing, healthy economy, but in recent years the demand for overseeing good stewardship of nature — of preserving Mother Earth — has taken the forefront. There was a time when people gave little thought to protecting the environment and our resources. It just seemed like there was an endless supply of everything, and that waste wasn’t a problem. Not anymore. Today, we’re finding out just how much damage we have done, and many companies are taking the lead in preserving and conserving. One such leader is KONE Elevator India. The wholly owned subsidiary of Finland-based KONE has launched a campaign to call attention to key environmental issues. The new program started in India’s National Capital Region (NCR), where KONE commissioned huge, outdoor murals calling attention to how discarded plastics are befouling water. Trash-filled lakes and rivers may not be the first notion for artwork, but KONE’s paintings are impossible not to look at. And, the message is clear: we must do better at preserving our environment.
“Our commitment to the society is an integral part of our value system and we, at KONE, have always engaged ourselves in various efforts to give something back to the society,” said Amit Gossain, managing director of KONE India. “As an environmentally conscious organization, this campaign is aimed at the betterment of the community through measures that will bring in sustainable development.”
Every human endeavor has its superlatives: the best, the fastest, the strongest. Whether we’re talking about athletic competition, academic achievement or technological advancement, somebody always seeks to hold up an accomplishment as an aspirational example. This is no less true of the vertical-transportation industry. To wit: The Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport recently completed work on what it says is the new tallest escalator in Minnesota. City Pages notes that it was built over the summer of 2020, along with a new parking ramp at the airport’s Terminal 1. Some facts:
Length: 118 ft
Height: 55 ft, 2 in, or about five stories
Speed: 100 ft/min
Capacity: 9,000 passengers/h
Travel time: 75 s
The airport says its new escalator surpasses the state’s previous record holder, the 47-ft-tall moving stairs at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. While the new parking ramp and escalator were not immediately needed, thanks to the pandemic-related travel slowdown, this new machine stands ready for large crowds as passenger traffic rebounds.
You can watch a video of the installation and use below: