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Old October 27th, 2011, 04:36 PM   #21
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I'd say that since the market is so "over saturated" with really tall buildings, that it's often the buildings as a collective, than a each building, that is special. Of course there are always exceptions, and many skyscrapers are or become quite iconic. There are also tons that go widely unnoticed or are quickly forgotten. Since so many people just excpect the buildings to be there, and seemingly everyone is building them, they have certainly lost a bit of charm and mystique.
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Old October 27th, 2011, 08:26 PM   #22
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The true test of whether a building becomes "iconic", or not, is time. The Chrysler Building is iconic, whereas a lot of "unusual" structures that people initially liked are now just considered dated and a bit silly looking. I wouldn't count on every twisty building, or every building looking like a household or personal bedroom object to still be "iconic" looking twenty five years from now.
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Old October 27th, 2011, 08:59 PM   #23
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I think that in some places like dubai, abu dhabi, skyscrapers lost they feeling of something special and became a comon thing
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Old October 27th, 2011, 09:29 PM   #24
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I think that in some places like dubai, abu dhabi, skyscrapers lost they feeling of something special and became a comon thing
The Burj Khalifa is iconic. It is the most iconic skyscraper in existence but the others are booring and except for the Index they all look the same

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Old October 27th, 2011, 11:15 PM   #25
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everyone just builds up, maybe the next iconic feat will be sideways, slant wise, or upside down

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Old October 27th, 2011, 11:53 PM   #26
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Old October 28th, 2011, 12:41 AM   #27
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Even that being said, I don't feel I can look at NYC and Chicago's skyline the same anymore unless they start building 500 meter buildings or higher, hopefully one day that will be a reality.

The USA invented skyscrapers... The USA, even if not building the tallest of buildings, should at least keep up.
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Old October 28th, 2011, 12:44 AM   #28
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I still like, and its still special, even if the future is now...

Guangzhou's newest CBD, a main axis lined with museums and eco-supertalls on either side.
The park and water covered axis actually houses main train, parking and highway tunnels underground:



Its not so much the height, but the designs and city planning that will pique our interest in the future

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Old October 28th, 2011, 01:06 AM   #29
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The Burj Khalifa is iconic. It is the most iconic skyscraper in existence but the others are booring and except for the Index they all look the same
Just because BK is the tallest building does not in any way make it the most iconic building, and especially not the most iconic. Show someone a picture of the Empire State Building or the Chrysler building and they'll know what it is. Those two skyscrapers are leagues ahead of BK in terms of how iconic they are. You could show those same people a picture of Burj Khalifa and they'd say cool and ask what it is.
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I'd say more people know about Burj Khalifa than you think. That the world's tallest building dwarfs any other skyscraper by so much was last seen with the Pyramids of Giza, so it's height really made it an icon
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Old October 28th, 2011, 01:21 AM   #31
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I think skyscraper height does not matter as much as it did before, so yes, its not 'that' special. I think the focus now is on the CBD layout. That is something that has changed over the years. Not just China, but we see South Korea, Vietnam and India and Malaysia etc following that road. Cities are no longer throwing towers together like one big mess. Of course there are pros and cons to this, however, I think that it is this aspect that I think is the 'new special' aspect.

Its just like passenger jets really, the B747 used to be the most special plane on earth, seen like a hero really. Now with the 777/787/350 and A380, the 747 looks dated, however, people don't worship the A380 as much as the 747 but it doesn't mean that its not special.
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Old October 28th, 2011, 05:27 AM   #32
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I'd say more people know about Burj Khalifa than you think. That the world's tallest building dwarfs any other skyscraper by so much was last seen with the Pyramids of Giza, so it's height really made it an icon
All people know BK for is it's height. But even then, it's just us skyscraper buffs. Everyone knows the Empire State Building. Yes, Burj Khalifa is an iconic structure. But you claimed that it was the most iconic skyscraper in existence. And that is simply not right, no matter who's opinion we're asking for. Maybe in the future BK will be more iconic. But at present time, many skyscrapers are leagues ahead of it as far as being an icon goes.
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Old October 28th, 2011, 05:47 AM   #33
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Your comment will lead to a new topic lol. The media representation!!!!

If almost every film you saw had the BK in it, then it will surely make it a world icon. The ESB is featured in almost all american films. Thats why its popular and well known. Its also because its american, that adds more attention to it as well.You should be aware of that by now.

Everyone in america knows about ESB just like everyone in China knows about the Great Wall. They know it because its been put in their face time and time again. why ESb is known world wide is because its been put in our face time and time again when we watch american films lol.

Trying doing that with the BK and over a few years, we will have the 'new' world icon
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Old October 28th, 2011, 06:12 AM   #34
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if you have enough money to building a skyscraper, you should have enough to buy it a lead role in some blockbuster hits
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Old October 31st, 2011, 09:23 PM   #35
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Your comment will lead to a new topic lol. The media representation!!!!

If almost every film you saw had the BK in it, then it will surely make it a world icon. The ESB is featured in almost all american films. Thats why its popular and well known. Its also because its american, that adds more attention to it as well.You should be aware of that by now.

Everyone in america knows about ESB just like everyone in China knows about the Great Wall. They know it because its been put in their face time and time again. why ESb is known world wide is because its been put in our face time and time again when we watch american films lol.

Trying doing that with the BK and over a few years, we will have the 'new' world icon
I don't know. I mean there are still quite a few people around the world who have never even heard of Dubai much less know that they have a 2,600 foot tall building.

Just because a building is tall doesn't automatically mean it's iconic. And only in rare occasions does a single skyscraper put a city on the map by totally transforming the city. Look at Oklahoma City. Before the Devon Tower, OKC was a city in the middle of the US with a modest skyline.



Now with the Devon Tower nearly finished, OKC redesigned a new park across the street and loads of other development are happening pretty much because of this tower.

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Are skyscrapers becoming less special??

ridiculous that's like saying that
singers are becoming less talented--

oh... wait... they are

FFFFUUUUU

Seriously, i think they are not, the common skyscraper is becoming less special cuz there are a lot like him but there are some projects really interesting around the world, the thing is,...

Skyscrapers were really special when they started ( chicago ) because they were something new and revolutionary, but now a skyscraper is no longer only a tall building it has to be and DO something else. that's why the "only tall" buildings are boring nowadays.

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All people know BK for is it's height. But even then, it's just us skyscraper buffs. Everyone knows the Empire State Building. Yes, Burj Khalifa is an iconic structure. But you claimed that it was the most iconic skyscraper in existence. And that is simply not right, no matter who's opinion we're asking for. Maybe in the future BK will be more iconic. But at present time, many skyscrapers are leagues ahead of it as far as being an icon goes.
Correct, when a taller skyscraper will get built, the BK will no longer be that iconic since its "iconic aspect" is mostly its height. On the othar hand the Empire State will remain
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Old October 31st, 2011, 11:40 PM   #38
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the problem is that it used to be if you were the highest. that's it. famous building.

now, it seems to change every year. the claim lies in many cities. and there's all these ways to "cheat" like adding non functional or non-inhabitabal features, just to add on the extra feet.

it just makes it harder for most people to follow, notice, care.
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Old October 31st, 2011, 11:53 PM   #39
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The Burj Khalifa is iconic. It is the most iconic skyscraper in existence but the others are booring and except for the Index they all look the same

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The Empire State Building is the first skyscraper people think of when you hear the word skyscraper. There is no denying it.
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No.

The Empire State Building is the first skyscraper people think of when you hear the word skyscraper. There is no denying it.
depends where you are. it's all relative.
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