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Old November 3rd, 2017, 03:30 PM   #1
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Are skyscrapers unecessary?

I've seen a lot people calling supertall skyscrapers unnecessary. Some people think that those tall skyscrapers are useless to our society. Are you agree with them?
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Old November 3rd, 2017, 05:27 PM   #2
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A lot ?
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Old November 4th, 2017, 08:28 PM   #3
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Yes. Mostly people from non-skyscraper websites or news websites.
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Old November 4th, 2017, 08:56 PM   #4
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unless people want the entire planet to be urban, which sadly some people do, skyscrapers are very necessary. Imagine modern China without skyscrapers. There wouldn't be any natural beauty left. It'd be all mountains and an ocean of lowrise and midrise housing. Also, office parks. Lots of people have strong feelings about office parks
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Old November 5th, 2017, 07:16 AM   #5
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unless people want the entire planet to be urban, which sadly some people do, skyscrapers are very necessary. Imagine modern China without skyscrapers. There wouldn't be any natural beauty left. It'd be all mountains and an ocean of lowrise and midrise housing. Also, office parks. Lots of people have strong feelings about office parks
Well that's not quite true. Just look at the density level in the city-proper of Paris which has very few people living in skyscrapers (with the majority living in low and mid rise apartment buildings), and a density of about 21,000/km2. China has about 1,403,500,365 people living in it. If they were all living as densely of Paris, that would require about 66,826.2 km2 which would be about 0.7% of China's land area of 9,596,961 km2. Less than one percent. Less total land than what Wikipedia lists for the combined land covered by the US's three largest metro areas (about 75,372 km2).

Skyscrapers might make for a more efficient use of land, but very rarely can they be called "necessary".
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Old November 5th, 2017, 11:29 PM   #6
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I think he meant a entirely city with detached houses
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Old November 6th, 2017, 08:02 PM   #7
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I was exaggerating. :p
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Old December 25th, 2017, 02:32 PM   #8
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It simply depends on demand for space in a particular area.
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Old December 25th, 2017, 04:59 PM   #9
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With our rapidly growing population Skyscrapers and in general tall buildings are absolutely necessary they saves so much space jut in 6 years New Yorks population went up by half a million .

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It depends how efficiently they use those skyscrapers.
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Old December 31st, 2017, 07:50 PM   #11
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Tall buildings are necessery in big cities where you have to staff all these people somewhere.
But yes, in my opinion supertalls higher than 400 metres are unecessary.
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Old December 31st, 2017, 08:09 PM   #12
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For sure they are not necessary. They are built largely to glorify some person or organization. And while this counts as a "benefit" (as long as it is their money and not the public's) there is a much greater benefit from building, say, a dozen 15 story buildings and the livable environment that goes with them.

That isn't to say that they don't make economic sense in a few places. But not in the great majority of places they are built.
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Old January 1st, 2018, 10:23 AM   #13
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For many random people (outside skyscrapers websites) skyscrapers are necessary only in few particular areas in big metropolis. And supertall skyscrapers 300m+ are not necessary at all (cf. Tokyo, Toronto, Singapore, Paris, etc).
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Skyscrapers exceeding 300m are unnecessary.

The floor plat efficiency becomes increasing inefficient as it gets taller. There is also increasingly complex and expensive provisions needed for fire protection, cleaning and maintenance of the external facade.

For CBD, upto 250 300m will be more than sufficient.
For residential buildings, perhaps the bulk of the buildings can be between 15 to 25 storeys.
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