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Will a new elevator technology enable the densification needed to cope with current urbanization? Image source: Shutterstock (#551895805)

As 70 percent of the world’s population will be living in cities by the end of the century, the need to build higher buildings has never been more urgent. Thyssenkrupp, an industrial company from Essen, Germany, revealed a new technology that will make tall buildings more efficient and promises to change how we design, build, and occupy those buildings.

Dubbed MULTI, the technology abandons traditional elevator configuration, and instead uses a ropeless system that can move both horizontally and vertically. By eliminating the cables and the height restrictions that come with them, the company is confident that height limits are a thing of the past. MULTI functions with magnetic tracks, similar to what Japanese Bullet Trains use, completely without cables.

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