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When it comes to transportation breakthroughs, self-driving cars are monopolizing the headlines these days. Yet similarly indispensable for the world’s rapidly growing cities is a much less spectacular form of transport: the elevator. According to Patrick Sisson, a senior reporter at the real estate blog network Curbed, Finnish elevator manufacturing giant Kone is working hard to accommodate new building designs and make elevator rides more enjoyable and efficient for the growing number of urban dwellers worldwide. getAbstract recommends Sisson’s well-illustrated piece on some of the latest high-tech innovations in the elevator industry to architects and urban planners. 

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Patrick Sisson is a senior reporter at America’s real-estate blog network Curbed.



The United Nations estimates that urban populations will grow by 2.5 billion by 2050. The number of urban dwellers is rising especially fast in developing countries including Nigeria, Indonesia and India. To manage the growing space crunch, cities are likely to expand vertically.

As the number of new high-rises continues to grow, so too will the demand for elevators. About 840,000 new elevators were built in 2015, adding to the already existing 14 million elevators worldwide. Four international companies currently dominate ...

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