From lifts that travel horizontally as well as vertically to ‘smart' elevators, the global city's truly indispensable form of transport is going through a revolution that could change the urban landscape dramatically
For all the attention given to the role of cars in our urban landscapes, lifts are becoming the global city's truly indispensable transport. At a recent event held by Otis to sell its new “Gen2 Life lift” into London's ascending skyline, there was a real sense of being in a bull market.
“Already two billion people travel by lift every day – that's a quarter of the world,” said Otis's commercial director Bertrand Rotagnon. “Cities are becoming taller and need densification. Mass lift transit is part of the future city landscape.”