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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 February 3rd, 2011, 12:51 AM   #381
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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.
a highrise is for me a building with a height of 100m or more ! I don`t think
that Sao Paulo got 27.000 to 40.000 of those !
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Old February 3rd, 2011, 12:56 AM   #382
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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.
Maybe more? São Paulo has a nearly continuous cover of 25 kilometers of highrises! You can fit all Hong Kong's buildings in 1/8 of the area.

Unless you can find cities with 30-40 thousand reported highrises, you cannot say that São Paulo has "maybe more than many", you say that São Paulo has the "more than all".

And yes, they aren't tall, if São Paulo had the same proportion of tall highrises in proportion to the size of the skyline as New York and Hong Kong, then São Paulo would have 1500 buildings over 150 meters.

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Asian cities have more beautiful and taller buildings. That makes the difference.
Beautiful alone, when they are in clusters they tend to overburden the eye and lose elegance.

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Old February 3rd, 2011, 12:58 AM   #383
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a highrise is for me a building with a height of 100m or more ! I don`t think
that Sao Paulo got 27.000 to 40.000 of those !
According to Emporis:

New York has 6,000 buildings over 35 meters, over 100 meters would be probably around 500.

São Paulo has only around 100 buildings of 90 meters of more.

A city with 40,000 buildings over 100 meters would need to have 500 million inhabitants.

São Paulo has 40,000 highrises because 80% of them are under 60 meters height. The distribution of highrise height in SP would look like this:

25,900 - over 35 meters, lower than 55 meters
10,000 - over 55 meters, lower than 75 meters
4,000 - over 75 meters, lower than 90 meters
100 - over 90 meters

São Paulo doesn't have skyscrapers because of zoning laws. They are virtually illegal in the city! Without any kind of zoning laws, SP today would certainly have buildings over 400 meters.

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Old February 3rd, 2011, 01:30 AM   #384
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New York got more than 500 real highrises ! buildings that are under 100m don`t count
cause they don`t have a real impact of a great skyline ! look to a small skyline like
Frankfurt, Kuala Lumpur or Cartagena. these cities are much smaller than Sao Paulo but
they got a far better skyline.
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Old February 3rd, 2011, 02:34 AM   #385
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Worlds best skyline, as in, the sky. Not a ground-cover.
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Old February 3rd, 2011, 02:38 AM   #386
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New York got more than 500 real highrises ! buildings that are under 100m don`t count
cause they don`t have a real impact of a great skyline ! look to a small skyline like
Frankfurt, Kuala Lumpur or Cartagena. these cities are much smaller than Sao Paulo but
they got a far better skyline.
TOTALly AGREE.
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Old February 3rd, 2011, 02:41 AM   #387
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where are you getting yor figures for number of highrises? if its emporis it is completely useless for asian cities.
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Old February 3rd, 2011, 02:45 AM   #388
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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.
Actually from what I've seen Brazil has the most colorful looking skylines. And I love it!! For me when I think of top skylines, I also factor in how it would feel from ground level. Sao Paulo is so mindbogglingly ridiculous that it's insane. Every single direction you go no matter how far, you'll always feel as if you are still smack dab in the middle of the city. Plus their commieblocks and other highrises, from what I've seen, just doesn't come of as a huge eyesore like most of China's commies (looks like all of them are incomplete and decaying no matter when they were built).

Height doesn't mean a thing to me when the entire region is built up like Sao Paulo, Tokyo, Shanghai, etc. I'll take a block of Sao Paulo over a sing skyscraper/supertall any day. Of course it wouldn't hurt if SP did build a couple of skyscrapers though just to give the megalopolis a distinctive identity either... (a european skyline over a brazilian one, really??)...
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Old February 3rd, 2011, 03:20 AM   #389
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Old February 3rd, 2011, 04:39 AM   #390
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hey guys ! London should definately not be discussed on this thread !
and Frankfurt
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Old February 3rd, 2011, 04:50 AM   #391
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and neither Sao Paulo
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Old February 3rd, 2011, 04:53 AM   #392
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and neither Sao Paulo
Sorry, Sao Paulo doesn't deserve to be one of world's best skylines =(

But i am in love with Rio de Janeiro, one of the world's most amazing places =)
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Old February 3rd, 2011, 12:31 PM   #393
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Old February 4th, 2011, 09:41 AM   #394
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Old February 4th, 2011, 11:08 AM   #395
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Old February 4th, 2011, 02:35 PM   #396
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Toronto is sexy i like it so much. It looks much cooler at night with the river, trees and CN tower. Canada <3
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Old February 4th, 2011, 02:54 PM   #397
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OK..........I have to admit I have a love for New York...but in real life Melbourne is ...everything : )


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Old February 5th, 2011, 02:57 AM   #398
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