Category Archives: Technology

Helixator and the Vertical city

The Helixator technology presents a new approach for dealing with the growing need to move people within the massive new buildings being planned today worldwide. These buildings, sometimes referred as “vertical cities” or “hyper buildings”, are multipurpose buildings including working … Continue reading

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Independent Multi-car Circular Elevator

Circular elevators have been around for many years. Either in the form of classic “Paternosters” or as its derivatives  like the planned “Hitachi multi-car circulating elevator“. These devices improved the capacity of elevator shafts in busy low buildings and are … Continue reading

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The Mitsubishi “Spiral escalator”

In 1985, the Japanese based Mitsubishi conglomerate launched the first ever spiral escalator product on the market. A tremendous engineering effort was put in its development, industrialization and commercialization. Despite the fact it is an engineering triumph and a mechanical … Continue reading

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Gravity trains

Gravity trains is the general name for train systems that uses the gravitational field of the earth as their primary drive force. Once launched they accelerate and decelerate using Gravitation and typically carry no motor or engine. Roller-coasters are well … Continue reading

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Parallel Gravity Train

The idea of getting the roller-coasters out of the amusement parks and into the city is old, but yet no one has managed to produce a valid and feasible solution for it. The main problem until now was the safety … Continue reading

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A new way to reduce poverty

“In inner-city poor districts such as slums and favelas, people are living in inhumane conditions that create geographical obstacle which prevents mobility to distance and so to better life. The lack of available transportation is creating a situation that the … Continue reading

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Case study: favela Rocinha

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‘Spiral’ escalator could give crowds a lift

“A monorail-inspired design could help create the world’s first continuous spiral escalator”. Helixator technology article at “The engineer” magazine: (*click image for full article) http://www.theengineer.co.uk/spiral-escalator-could-give-crowds-a-lift/1006662.article

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New photos of the Holloway machine

Here are some new photos of a four meter section of the Holloway road machine that  were restored in 2010 and can now be seen at the London Transport Museum Depot in Acton. If you can’t go to Acton soon, … Continue reading

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Helical escalators and underground stations

Many cities around the world confront problems with their old underground transportation systems. Some of these systems are centuries old and require urgent modernization to withstand the updated demands and standards. Stations equipped solely with elevators exist in many of … Continue reading

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