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Old October 12th, 2012, 09:44 PM   #1
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Cities with height restrictions

What major cities have height restrictions and what is the cause of these restrictions?

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Old October 13th, 2012, 01:14 AM   #2
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San Jose, California. There are no building that are over 286 feet. This is because the city centre is close to the airport.
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Old October 13th, 2012, 02:12 AM   #3
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Seattle's are complicated.

At the peak, we have a small core of Downtown with no height restrictions, but with floor area ratio (FAR) restrictions on commercial space. Logically nothing approaching our tallest will be built, even if someone can cobble together a full block.

Other areas are 500', 400', 240', 125', 85', 65', 45', etc. There are some exceptions, such as the 10% extra residential gets in the 500' and 400' zones. Outside of greater Downtown, there are no highrise zones currently within the city limits. Thankfully some areas on the edges of Downtown have been upzoned recently or are in the process.

Mostly 65' zones are prevalent in a lot of neighborhood business districts around town. So we get a constant flow of 5+1 woodframes.
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Old October 13th, 2012, 02:12 AM   #4
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in the USA any structure or antenna over 2000 ft tall is not allowed to prevent interference with air traffic.
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Old October 13th, 2012, 02:21 AM   #5
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In Vancouver there was/is a height restriction of nothing over 200m but the Shangri-La Hotel challenged the restriction being 203m in height. Still nothing else over 200m can be built.
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Old October 13th, 2012, 02:41 AM   #6
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In all over Brazil we suffer with very strict height restrictions. Even in our metropolis, like São Paulo (20 million people) and Rio (12 million), we don't have buildings taller than 200 mts. Lots of supertall projects are constantly redesigned to have their height adjusted.

Because of that our cities looks like a sea of concrete...

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Old October 13th, 2012, 02:45 AM   #7
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Ottawa: nothing taller than the Peace Tower. (Canadian Parliament)
Edmonton: severe height restrictions due to the downtown airport. (Airport is closing though)
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Old October 13th, 2012, 02:55 AM   #8
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Tirana, Albania, has several buildings under construction that stop at 85 meters.
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Old October 13th, 2012, 03:00 AM   #9
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Singapore, because of the airport there are the three tallest scratching at the 280m mark, but nothing taller, quite sad, the skyline could use a taller tower
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Mexico City has lots of rectrictions by area, because of the earthquakes.
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Old October 13th, 2012, 06:49 AM   #11
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Ottawa: nothing taller than the Peace Tower. (Canadian Parliament)
Edmonton: severe height restrictions due to the downtown airport. (Airport is closing though)
mm.... not really. We just built a new skyscraper at 150m with spire. It is higher than the Manulife Place by 1m. The city council also wants to build Manulife 2, at 164m.
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Old October 13th, 2012, 07:14 AM   #12
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San Diego, CA. Maximum building height is 500 feet due to downtown's proximity to the San Diego airport. Another business district, University City, has a number of high-rises, but none are taller than 250 feet. University City is adjacent to a Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS Miramar)

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Old October 13th, 2012, 08:04 AM   #13
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What about Guatemala City? It seems like buildings there don't go over 100m.
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Old October 13th, 2012, 09:38 AM   #14
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When Kai-Tak airport was still operational, The Kowloon peninsula followed a strict height limit,
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Old October 13th, 2012, 11:35 AM   #15
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Since 2004 no building higher than 100m is allowed in Munich...really bad, because several skyscrapers with more than 200m were planned
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but you can see many huge apartment in Malaysia.it is more than 600 m
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Old October 14th, 2012, 02:52 AM   #17
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but you can see many huge apartment in Malaysia.it is more than 600 m
600 m? You mean 600 feet, right?
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Old October 14th, 2012, 03:00 AM   #18
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The most remarkable example of major cities in the world with height restrictions is the world's most populous urban area, Tokyo.

The tallest building in Tokyo's urban area, in fact in Japan, is Yokohama Landmark Tower at 296 meters. There isn't a single supertall building in Japan, primarily due to seismological concerns.

Tokyo SkyTree and Tokyo Tower are just communications and observation towers.
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Old October 14th, 2012, 06:44 AM   #19
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In Singapore, the height restriction is 280m due to Changi Airport.
London Canary Wharf also has a height restriction of 236m due to the nearby City Airport
City of London too, has a restriction so no skyscrapers going to be higher than 300m
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Old October 14th, 2012, 02:07 PM   #20
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Sydney has very strict height restrictions all over the city, the CBD it self to prevent over-shadowing of public parks and what not.
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