Design Engine
Training Classes/Tutorials for Designers, Engineers, & 3D Professionals


Google+

Ideas, Thoughts, Perspectives

August 9th, 2016

Chicago’s Futuristic Cable Car Skyline Project

The “Chicago Skyline,” a proposed project by architecture firms Davis Brody Bond and Marks Barfield, plans to create a network of aerial cable cars to provide visitors with a unique perspective of Chicago. Preliminary designs call for this 17-story high system of cable cars  to connect Navy Pier, the lakefront and the Riverwalk with downtown Chicago.

The Skyline project takes inspiration from the practical need to create a direct transportation link between downtown Chicago and Navy Pier – something the city of Chicago is currently lacking in. Cable car stations would be positioned by Millenium Park and Michigan Avenue and could likely be an alternative way to enjoy the city’s architecture. The team behind the Chicago Skyline hopes to make this cable car system similar to that of the London Eye, taking much inspiration from the popular attraction. The passenger-carrying pods and ride and drive systems would be manufactured by Leitner-Poma, who built the London Eye capsules, and the engineering design has been developed with the London Eye’s principle engineers.

Currently, the proposed system is designed to carry 3,000 people per hour at about 800 feet/minute and run half-hour-long tours. The cable cars would be positioned about 17 stories above the ground providing excellent city views, however don’t expect it to become a cheap form of public transportation as one ride would likely cost around $20.

The project is expected to cost about $250 million to build, with the hopes of receiving most of this through private funding, rather than relying on the state or the city.

Screen Shot 2016-08-09 at 11.20.31 AM ct-gondolas-skyline-chicago-photos-20160504-003 chicago-gondola-image-11-602x399 1328634158-pierescape-aedas-05 Screen Shot 2016-08-09 at 11.20.06 AM chicago-skyline-cable-car02-889x593

Source via: Chicago Skyline Project 

 

Article Written by Mila Medonaite for Design Engine, August 9, 2015


About the Author

Design-Engine





Design Engine Industrial Design Training Pro Engineer
 
 

 

Afterburn: Design for Manufacturability Using SolidWorks

AFTERBURN: Design for Manufacturability Using SolidWorks WHAT: Design Engine is hosting our AfterBurn networking event with a discussion in our Chicago studio.  Join us Thursday, October 18th from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at 4043...
by Scott Froemming
3

 
 

Why Dyson Is Well Positioned for the Electric Car Space

Written by Dave Mazovick Over the past few years it has become known and acknowledged that Dyson is planning to enter the electric car arena by with what it describes as innovative, forward thinking products that will rethink...
by Bart Brejcha
1

 
 

The Maker Movement’s Influence on the Design World

Lauded as the “first ever advanced-level guide to making anything imaginable,” The Maker’s Field Guide provides creatives with a handy frame of reference, specifically geared toward those who want to know the basics o...
by Bart Brejcha
0

 

 

2018 International Design Excellence Award Winners Announced

The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) announced this year’s International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) winners at their annual ceremony this past week. The annual IDEA gala, held this year on Sept. 19 at The N...
by Bart Brejcha
0

 
 

Worlds Largest Manufacturing Trade Show — IMTS 2018 brief

IMTS — A Manufacturing and Engineering Extravaganza Manufacturing professionals gathered at IMTS — International Manufacturing Technology Show. It takes place Sept 10-15 at McCormick Place in Chicago. IMTS 2018 is expected ...
by Bart Brejcha
1

 



0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *