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View Poll Results: The Best Skyline in the World for 2010 is
Kuala Lumpar 41 5.44%
Hong Kong 155 20.56%
Chicago 44 5.84%
Singapore 32 4.24%
Shanghai 34 4.51%
Tokyo 12 1.59%
New York 168 22.28%
Frankfurt 11 1.46%
Dubai 37 4.91%
Seoul 8 1.06%
Seattle 10 1.33%
Guangzhou 4 0.53%
Shenzhen 8 1.06%
Dallas 3 0.40%
Pittsburgh 5 0.66%
Sao Paolo 34 4.51%
Paris 16 2.12%
Toronto 21 2.79%
Sydney 20 2.65%
Los Angeles 1 0.13%
San Francisco 3 0.40%
Melbourne 11 1.46%
Houston 0 0%
London 29 3.85%
Detroit 3 0.40%
Boston 1 0.13%
Montreal 3 0.40%
Moscow 23 3.05%
Atlanta 0 0%
Istanbul 17 2.25%
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Old January 30th, 2011, 08:31 PM   #361
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You dont need skyscrapers for a great skyline.

Salzburg
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This small city has many domes and spires on its skyline which combine with the castle and the mountains.

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Another small city with a skyline full of great buildings of different sizes and shapes

A great skyline must have some great buildings on it, having lots of tall boxes cluttered together is not enough imo
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Old January 30th, 2011, 09:51 PM   #362
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ya underestimate the city planning. City planning makes Singapore the best skyline in South East Asia without any super tall, city planning makes KL and Manila become shit when they stand next to London or Paris

ya also underestimate the value of architecture. ya can say that Manila has more skyscrapers than London but a bunch of concrete rubbish can never compete against a skyscraper like The Gherkin or Tour First
comparing london to one of the great asian cities is just pathetic !
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Old January 30th, 2011, 10:37 PM   #363
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London most certainly is not a good example of city planning.
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Old January 31st, 2011, 09:01 AM   #364
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Old January 31st, 2011, 01:22 PM   #365
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London is probably the best city for for city planning, seeing as so many different plans have been incorporated over the years lol. Might not be a planned city from the start, but almost 100% of the time, the most planned cities are the most sterile, lifeless and least pedestrian friendly (and nearly always have being made up of extreemly bland buildings with maybe 1 or 2 interesting ones).

I personally find a skyline with a mix of historical domes and spires, mixed with skyscrapers far more exciting than just skyscrapers alone. Singapore is great because you have a modern and old skyline; its modern one is excellent, its old ok. London has a good modern skyline, and an excellent old skyline. For some people its the muber of skyscrapers that are important, IMO its important to have a certain density, but too many skyscrapers is often overkill, loosing any beauty in massing and therefore making the skyline ugly. Using Singapore again, i personally thought its skyline more beautiful before the most recent skyscrapers (though i love the skyscrapers individually). Using London as an example i find the walkie talkie development un balances the skyline and makes the overall skyline more ugly.
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Old January 31st, 2011, 04:50 PM   #366
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with posts like yubnub's just confirms that this thread is over....
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Old January 31st, 2011, 06:05 PM   #367
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Old February 1st, 2011, 01:23 AM   #368
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London is probably the best city for for city planning, seeing as so many different plans have been incorporated over the years lol. Might not be a planned city from the start, but almost 100% of the time, the most planned cities are the most sterile, lifeless and least pedestrian friendly (and nearly always have being made up of extreemly bland buildings with maybe 1 or 2 interesting ones).

I personally find a skyline with a mix of historical domes and spires, mixed with skyscrapers far more exciting than just skyscrapers alone. Singapore is great because you have a modern and old skyline; its modern one is excellent, its old ok. London has a good modern skyline, and an excellent old skyline. For some people its the muber of skyscrapers that are important, IMO its important to have a certain density, but too many skyscrapers is often overkill, loosing any beauty in massing and therefore making the skyline ugly. Using Singapore again, i personally thought its skyline more beautiful before the most recent skyscrapers (though i love the skyscrapers individually). Using London as an example i find the walkie talkie development un balances the skyline and makes the overall skyline more ugly.
Of course I don't mean just the skyscrapers and skyline. The most important things are urban enviroment, pedestrian friendliness, traffic conditions and integration of everything around. From my personal experience the best city in this sense is (by very far) Singapore. London is among the worse when it comes to planning simply because there hasn't been much planning in the first place.
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Old February 1st, 2011, 02:59 AM   #369
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I think alot more planning goes on in London than you give it credit for, i'm not sure sure what you mean by lack of planning seeing how long it takes to get anything past the planning stage in the UK in general. London might not be a planed city from the start, but its been around for a heck of a long time, if it didnt work then it wouldnt be the way it is. I wouldnt say Singapore is a particularly well planned city either, and to a great extent follows the Britsh colonial style of cities. If you mean that there isnt major pedestrianisation of street, then there is in areas, but you have to realise the size and power in London, and how difficult it is to effect change.
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Old February 1st, 2011, 03:19 AM   #370
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I think alot more planning goes on in London than you give it credit for, i'm not sure sure what you mean by lack of planning seeing how long it takes to get anything past the planning stage in the UK in general. London might not be a planed city from the start, but its been around for a heck of a long time, if it didnt work then it wouldnt be the way it is. I wouldnt say Singapore is a particularly well planned city either, and to a great extent follows the Britsh colonial style of cities. If you mean that there isnt major pedestrianisation of street, then there is in areas, but you have to realise the size and power in London, and how difficult it is to effect change.
I'm not saying it is easy to change things in London. It is really difficult to change anything right now without colossal amounts of cash but the matter of fact is that London is not a well planned city and therefore should not be put as a positive example of that. If you're looking for a well historically planned city then look no further than Paris. For a modern one it's Singapore. And yes, Singapore is a very well planned city. If you have taken a ride, walked or taken public transport there you should definitely be aware of this. It simply doesn't get better than that.
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Old February 1st, 2011, 03:41 AM   #371
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I think you could make a case for Toronto, Singapore, Dubai and Sydney.
And São Paulo, of course.

What? São Paulo? The city without any real skyscraper? Well, although SP doesn't have any special high rise, it has the greatest quantity of high rises in any city in the world. That's because the bulk of the city's population of 20 million resides in buildings over 12 stories.

How many highrises there are in São Paulo? Estimates vary from 27 thousand to 40 thousand.







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Old February 1st, 2011, 04:03 AM   #372
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hey guys ! London should definately not be discussed on this thread !
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Yep, Sao Paulo is huge, but Shanghai or Shenzhen got even more highrises ?!
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Old February 1st, 2011, 10:29 PM   #374
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PARIS, FRANCE BEST PLACE EVER

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Old February 2nd, 2011, 12:58 AM   #375
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Yep, Sao Paulo is huge, but Shanghai or Shenzhen got even more highrises ?!
Shanghai had 6,700 highrises in late 2004, today they probably have over 10,000. Shenzen is smaller than Shanghai. New York has 6,000 highrises, Hong Kong, 7,000.

São Paulo has between 27,000 and 40,000 highrises, depending on the estimate. The city of Belo Horizonte, third largest in Brazil, has about 6-7 thousand highrises, competing with New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai of 2004.

Brazil is far ahead other countries in number of highrises because the standard commie blocks of the country have over 12 stories and in the large cities a large proportion of the population live in these housing blocks.

It will take several decades of fast expansion in Shanghai skyline for them to approach São Paulo, also note that São Paulo is growing their skyline as well, each year probably over 500 new highrises are build in SP.
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No, you couldn't make a case for Sao Paolo.
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 06:54 AM   #377
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^actually he could pending on one's taste...
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 02:10 PM   #378
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Sao Paulo has expansive clusters of buildings. It maybe has more buildings than many cities of the world, but they are plain looking and not that tall. Asian cities have more beautiful and taller buildings. That makes the difference.
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^actually he could pending on one's taste...
I like a certain degree of blandness. Asian cities have too much color in their skyline, creating chromatic pollution. Hong Kong lacks mass and size, while their buildings always seem to compete with one another to be more beautiful. I also think that HK's skyline was better 20 years ago than today.

São Paulo skyline is abstract art.
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