Underground Bicycle Garage with an Elevator

Bicycles are a widely used form of transportation in Tokyo, Japan. However, parked bicycles take up a great deal of public space that could otherwise be used for pedestrian foot traffic. A shortage of bicycle parking spaces leads to illegal parking and further congestion. To address this problem, a construction company called Giken has designed a automated storage system which quickly stores bikes underground. To retrieve a bike, one simply swipes a card, and their bike is delivered to them in about 13 seconds. Each garage can hold up to 200 bikes, which means less clutter for the city and less hassle for commuters. Check out the video and the images below to see how it all works.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2386880/Tokyos-underground-cycle-rack-holds-200-bikes-streets.html

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Solar-Powered Elevator

Imagine an elevator that would never get stuck in the event of a power outage. Well, Schindler is designing a solar-powered elevator that will do just that, not to mention reduce energy consumption and be generally awesome. Read more about this collaboration between Schindler and Solar Impulse here.

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Hammetschwand Elevator

The Hammetschwand Lift is the highest exterior elevator of Europe and is located in Switzerland. It connects a spectacular rock path with the lookout point Hammetschwand on the Bürgenstock plateau overlooking Lake Lucerne.

The hotel resort Buergenstock located at 847 meters a.s.l. has been a popular vacation spot since 1872. Its attractiveness was enhanced by the spectacular path along the vertical rock face and by an outdoor open lift. To this day the lift and the path have lost none of their attraction. The new lift was built and opened by the Schindler Group. It whisks passengers 153 meters up to the summit of the Hammetschwand in less than one minute. It was regarded as a pioneering feat in those days and is still a record holder, since the Hammetschwand lift is holding the number one position as Europe’s highest exterior lift.

Before 1935, it had a speed of one meter per second and one could enjoy nearly three minutes of travel. Its cab consisted of wood fitted with a zinc sheet and could carry 8 passengers. During the upgrade of 1935 the speed was increased to 2.7 meters per second and the cab was replaced with one of a light metal construction. It was not only the highest public external elevator of Europe, but also the fastest elevator of the world. The filigrain, metal lattice tower has a surface area of 2×2 meters, is 118 meters high and is located on a 44 meter high rock pit. The elevator entrance, the engine room and the first 14 meters of this pit are completely on the inside of the mountain, while during the next 30 meters it elevates with a full view of the Lake of Lucerne. The whole trip lasts approximately 50 seconds. At the top station of Hammetschwand (1132 meters a.s.l.), there are breathtaking views of the Lake of Lucerne and the Alps.

– via Wikipedia

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Floating Elevators

Although these conceptual designs may seem like science fiction, they are actually part of a plan for a new landmark in Taichung, Taiwan. The tower, expected to be completed in two years, will stand 1,000 feet tall and will use wind turbines and solar cells as part of its energy-efficient design. Perhaps the most interesting and distinctive features of this building are the “Floating Observatories” that float up and down a vertical track on the outside of the building. These blimp-like structures can carry up to 80 people and are sustained by helium balloons! For more information, click here.

Image credit: DSBA

Image credit: DSBA

Image credit: DSBA

Image credit: DSBA

Image credit: DSBA

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Elevators and Conformity

Sometimes people are like sheep mindlessly following along with the herd. This video demonstrates this phenomenon, and reminds us how quickly we can conform to social pressures in order to fit in. The video features experiments originally conducted in 1962 and then recreated in present day. In these experiments, people seem to change the direction they are facing on the elevator, in order to conform to the way the other passengers are standing. It is fascinating to see groupthink in action in this interesting setting. Something to think about next time you’re on a crowded elevator.

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9 Steps for Surviving in a Stalled Elevator


Elevators are incredibly dependable machines, but occasionally, as with any technology, mechanics malfunction and normal operations are disrupted. Typically, this takes the form of a “stuck” elevator. While such issues are usually resolved quickly, being stranded on an elevator is an inconvenience, not to mention a potentially frightening experience. The following steps outline the best way to handle such a situation to ensure the comfort and safety of everyone aboard.

  1. Firstly, try to remain calm. If panic sets in, try taking a deep breath to collect yourself. Remind yourself that reports of people being injured in stalled elevators are incredibly rare. Try to provide moral support to anyone in need. Remember, a clear mind is more equipped to solve problems.
  2. If the lights go out, use a flashlight on a cell phone or keychain to illuminate the space.
  3. Next, check to see if the door can be opened mechanically. Press the “Open” or “Door Open” button. Sometimes this will cause the elevator to open. If the elevator is level with a floor, you can exit. Be sure to press (or pull out) the “Stop” button before trying to exit. This is an important measure that prevents the elevator from moving. If the elevator is not level with a floor, do NOT attempt to exit.
  4. If the elevator door does not open, try pressing the button for the floor directly below you.
  5. Press the phone button to call a technician or use the elevator’s emergency telephone.
  6. If a technician is not available, try pressing the alarm button. You can also try yelling for help or removing a shoe and using it to make sounds that could alert someone to your location.
  7. Try using your cell phone to dial 911. If reception is unavailable, try different parts of the elevator.
  8. At this point, if no one has assisted you, try waiting it out. It is likely that someone will notice that the elevator is stuck before much time has passed.
  9. If you find yourself waiting for an extended period of time, try to mitigate any discomfort or boredom by playing cell-phone games, doodling, reading, writing and getting to know fellow passengers.

And there you have it; the steps for surviving in a stalled elevator. Be sure to follow SEES blog for more fascinating stories and useful information.

Source: http://www.wikihow.com/Escape-a-Stranded-Elevator

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Elevators in the Movies (Part 1)

Elevators are all around us. They get us where we need to go. They can also make a great plot device or setting for a movie. Cinema is packed with memorable elevator scenes that take our imaginations for a ride. Here is a list of some great elevator scenes to date.

Warning: Plot Spoilers

The Shining

Who could forget the iconic images of the Overlook Hotel filling up with blood? This is certainly one of the spookiest and most famous elevator scenes in modern cinema.

Liar, Liar

Fletcher’s inability to lie gets him into some trouble with a buxom neighbor in this hilarious elevator scene.









The Departed

This is perhaps the most devastating and shocking elevator scene of all time. As Billy Costigan tries to arrest Sgt. Sullivan, we watch the villain plead for his own death. And then the carnage ensues.

 The Matrix

The Matrix is full of exciting elevator action, including a scene in which Neo and Trinity drop a bomb down an elevator shaft and calmly ride the cable up to the top of a skyscraper, where they dispatch a swarm of enemies.


Dae-su steps out of an elevator and smashes his way through a dozen prison guards with a hammer. The fight scene, filmed as one continuous take, is gritty and technically brilliant.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

“It’s a Wonkavator. An elevator can only go up and down, but the Wonkavator can go sideways and slantways and longways and backways and squareways and front ways and any other ways that you can think of.”








Vanilla Sky

As David rides up an elevator to the top of a seemingly infinite building, he learns that has been in cryonic sleep for 150 years.










Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

This movie features a tense and darkly comic scene in which Dr. Gonzo brandishes his knife in a drug-addled state, to the horror of hotel guests.

Honorable Mentions:

Die Hard with a Vengeance

McClane realizes he is riding an elevator full of henchmen and, after some classic McClane wisecracking, makes short work of his foes.

Smokin’ Aces

This scene, in which Carruthers encounters Acosta, is suspenseful and stylish.

Mission Impossible

In this classic scene, technician Jack Harmon meets his demise in an elevator shaft.

To be continued…


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“Elevator” Movie is a Thriller

If you’re looking for a movie to rent this weekend, try “Elevator,” a suspense thriller which came out in 2011. Nine sophisticated Wall Street party-goers are stuck in an elevator and one has a bomb. Their true colors come out when they will do anything to survive. There is no escape nor promise of rescue, with the bomb unable to be deactivated. See what these desperate, panic-ridden people with ulterior motives will do to survive once power, greed, race and terrorism is thrown into the mix. See the trailer below.






































































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