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The Elevator: A Discreet Invention Behind The Revolution of Cities Shape

Video October 2, 2019  |  Text by Martina Žilková Text by Martina Žilková

Have you ever wondered about where the cabins you use to avoid running the stairs to your office up and down came from? And that in just a few years the cities might look quite different because of the elevators?

The great-grandfathers of today's elevators were ordinary platforms on animal-drawn ropes. With the advent of the Industrial Revolution, animal power was replaced by hydraulics and the new invention allowed the emergence of the first high-rise buildings.

But today, thanks to elevator innovations, cities are on the threshold of other revolutionary changes taking place in Berlin, Germany. The ThyssenKrupp Berlin skyscraper will be in 2020 the first to introduce the MULTI transport system, which can carry passengers not only up and down, but also right, left and diagonally.

Such a change may be eligible for the creation of a brand new multi-level city infrastructure that could allow record high-altitude transportation of people across buildings.

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