Posts in Urbanism
Destination Dispatch and Elevator Control Innovation

Everywhere property owners and architects are embracing destination dispatch, an optimization technique used to improve elevator travel time by grouping passengers for the same destinations into the same elevators. Unlike conventional elevator control systems, destination dispatch control systems takes into account desired destination floors and the number of waiting passengers to significantly improve efficiency and convenience.

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Rem Koolhaas' Stacked and Staggered Library Rethinks Wayfinding

Rem Koolhaas' stacked and staggered public library is an eleven story monument to public space and level transition in downtown Seattle. Celebrated for its brilliant planning, the architects solution for an urban library has more to do with exploration than it does books and records.

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TTC Brings Accessibility to Toronto's Transit System

TTC’s Easier Access Program will make all subway stations accessible to everyone, regardless of their level of mobility. Today, more than half of Toronto’s stations are accessible to people with disabilities. The Toronto Transit Commission has an ongoing commitment to provide safe and courteous transit services in a manner that respects the dignity and independence of all riders

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25 Creative Elevator Designs That Changed Everything

Elevator design is not something many people think of. Even professional architects, urban planners and designers overlook their significance to modern buildings and cities as a whole. Over the past decade our team of vertical transportation specialists has worked to elevate the narrative around these little spaces in a big way.

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London to Introduce the ‘Chimney Lift’

Last month, London’s Battersea Power Station unveiled a major new attraction, a panoramic glass elevator which will travel to the top of one of Englands most iconic chimneys. Most famously know for its use on the cover image for Pink Floyds album ‘Animals’ has been apart of a redevelopment project for almost a decade.

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Featured Elevator Toronto Eatons Centre | 220 Yonge St - Toronto

Designed by Eberhard Zeidler and Bregman + Hamann Architects as a multi-levelled, vaulted glass-ceiling galleria, modelled after the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan, Italy, the Toronto Eatons Centre is a one of a kind mall in downtown Toronto.

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Toronto's CNE Shell Tower

Located on Princess Boulevard, The Shell Tower was built by the Shell Oil Company in 1955 for the Canadian National Exhibition. It was a glass and steel structure, almost 12 storeys in height (120’), containing a central elevator shaft, two glass staircases, and an observation deck near the top overlooking the entire CNE grounds.

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How do Elevators Work

el·e·va·tor /ˈeləˌvādər/ noun

  1. a platform or compartment housed in a shaft for raising and lowering people or things to different floors or levels. "in the elevator she pressed the button for the lobby"

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