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Old September 14th, 2012, 09:26 PM   #21
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Singapore's CBD is meticulously planned with relatively small footprint. When I visited there the downtown felt taller than it was wide.

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Old September 14th, 2012, 10:05 PM   #22
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Old September 16th, 2012, 05:46 PM   #23
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Old September 18th, 2012, 08:46 PM   #24
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There are so many good compact ones in the US. They seem to be heavily skewed towards office and tightly packed in one area. I much prefer this type of urban plan to skylines with large buildings scattered all over the place. I suppose the latter feel more big city over larger areas, but from a distance they are visually less appealing.

Minneapolis is one of the best looking skylines around. Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Houston, Dallas, Kansas City, Seattle, etc. all have wonderful compact skylines. Even Chicago is compact, but seems less so only because its footprint is so large.
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Old September 18th, 2012, 09:31 PM   #25
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I agree. But the problem with many compact US cities like Houston and to an extent Chicago, the drop in height is so extreme and there's not much to see after the core. But yes, compact skylines make a more visually appealing and photogenic than scattered skylines of say - Bangkok and Metro Manila.

I think a great example of a compact skyline is of Lower Manhattan. I never realized how small the footprint is of Lower Manhattan.

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Old September 19th, 2012, 03:25 AM   #26
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I like Boston's, not as big as the others shown here but I think is pretty interesting.

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Old September 19th, 2012, 03:51 AM   #27
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Seattle for the win, especially with all the big projects underway now!
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Old September 19th, 2012, 06:58 AM   #28
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I agree. But the problem with many compact US cities like Houston and to an extent Chicago, the drop in height is so extreme and there's not much to see after the core. But yes, compact skylines make a more visually appealing and photogenic than scattered skylines of say - Bangkok and Metro Manila.

I think a great example of a compact skyline is of Lower Manhattan. I never realized how small the footprint is of Lower Manhattan.
The best of both worlds is a massive skyline that just goes on forever, or more than one major node/cluster. New York is a the perfect example of both. It has a big cluster in Lower Manhattan and a larger one at midtown. When you leave one there's still lots of mid-rise and density between the two so it can pass for 1 big skyline with 2 peaks. Having mid-rise in the middle affords great views from 1 to the other.

I've never thought of Lower Manhattan as having a small footprint. Wouldn't it still be larger in area than the clusters in any other US city besides Chicago?
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Old September 20th, 2012, 08:08 AM   #29
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The best of both worlds is a massive skyline that just goes on forever, or more than one major node/cluster. New York is a the perfect example of both. It has a big cluster in Lower Manhattan and a larger one at midtown. When you leave one there's still lots of mid-rise and density between the two so it can pass for 1 big skyline with 2 peaks. Having mid-rise in the middle affords great views from 1 to the other.

I've never thought of Lower Manhattan as having a small footprint. Wouldn't it still be larger in area than the clusters in any other US city besides Chicago?
I guess its not really a small footprint, but it's smaller than I thought it was. I just like how its compact and forms somewhat a triangular skyline at the southern tip of Manhattan.

I'm not sure if Downtown Manhattan is the 3rd largest cluster in the US (although it is widely believed), I think bother Philadelphia and San Francisco have larger footprints, although their shorter heights give a less impressive looking skyline than Lower Manhattan.
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Old September 20th, 2012, 08:35 AM   #30
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most of the chinese cities i think quite impressive as well in terms of compactness/density...

- chongqing
- shanghai
- guangzhou
- shenzhen
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Old September 21st, 2012, 05:00 AM   #31
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most of the chinese cities i think quite impressive as well in terms of compactness/density...

- chongqing
- shanghai
- guangzhou
- shenzhen
they're dense, but not compact at all.

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Old September 21st, 2012, 08:19 AM   #32
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One compact downtown is Detroit's... which not only isn't spread out... but has
a lot of old charming 1920s Art Deco era towers. Although the city is dominated
from the waterside by the 7 tower GM Headquarters complex (Renaissance
Center)... a more balance view is from the landward side....

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Old September 21st, 2012, 10:30 AM   #33
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It looks good, but it's amazing how few contemporary highrises there are. Other than the Ren Center, everything looks to have been built pre-1950s.
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Old September 22nd, 2012, 08:30 AM   #34
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Mine would be Los Angeles.
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Old September 22nd, 2012, 10:41 AM   #35
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I'd kill for some of those Detroit buildings. Gems everywhere.
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Old September 24th, 2012, 04:16 AM   #36
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It looks good, but it's amazing how few contemporary highrises there are. Other than the Ren Center, everything looks to have been built pre-1950s.
largely because most of it was. there are quite a few abandoned skyscrapers in the mix there as well. (less now then there were 5 years ago though)

The downtown is littered with parking lots too, though it isn't the worst culprit for that in the US. (the monorail like transit service that runs to a stupidly large parking garage with an Interstate running right into probably help with that)

I like calgary, Seattle, and Los angeles for compact skylines though. The US is perfect for creating these types of skylines as the built form of the country is that of a downtown core of huge office towers surrounded by single family houses where everyone lives.
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Old September 25th, 2012, 07:25 AM   #37
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The proliferation of high rise structures beyond the core and residential high rise in the core are 2 areas where Canadian cities differ from US cities. Honestly, I don't know why someone would go to a suburb and live in a high rise.

It defeats the purpose of living out there. That said, Canadian cities seem to be building 'downtown nodes' in many of their suburbs which is a very positive development.
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Old September 25th, 2012, 07:31 AM   #38
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Singapore's CBD is meticulously planned with relatively small footprint. When I visited there the downtown felt taller than it was wide.
Singapore's CBD is very linear. It's high-rises are mostly in 2 to 3 main roads.
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Metro Manila's skyline is technically compact. It looks spread out from various vantage points but it has several clusters of compact skylines.

Such examples, I'm not going to post all

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These are all examples of not compact skylines...
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