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Old January 3rd, 2013, 06:19 PM   #41
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I suppose height restrictions are most common for high-rise and mid-rise buildings. In Europe, many cities have huge areas with high-rises of relatively uniform heights, like haussmannian Paris and the Eixample in Barcelona. A notable aspect of these neighbourhoods is that they are actually some of the most dense in the world.

Here in Montevideo, the buildings in the residential neighbourhood of Pocitos, with a few exceptions, are all the same height, the tallest allowed by the city's regulations.

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Old January 6th, 2013, 11:10 AM   #42
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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.
Shangri La is actually 198m.
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Old January 6th, 2013, 11:33 AM   #43
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In Paris, the height is limited to 31/37m and even to 21/25 m in the most central parts of the municipality. This was decided in reaction to the construction of rather plain or even ugly high rises in the 1960s and 1970s (Tour Montparnasse, Front de Seine, Place d'Italie).
But today to debate resurfaced (the Parisian "CBD" at La Defense, just outside the city's limits, is now almost full) and the mayor would like to build new towers, altough not in the very core of the city.
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Old January 7th, 2013, 06:14 AM   #44
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Shangri La is actually 198m.
The spire though is 203 or 204 meters, which is more than 200.
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Old January 7th, 2013, 06:27 AM   #45
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There is no spire on that tower. That little thingy is just a maintance crane.
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Old January 7th, 2013, 08:51 AM   #46
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all italy have heigth restrictions
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Old January 7th, 2013, 12:22 PM   #47
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The whole of the UK except London has height restrictions. The Civil Aviation Authority worry about aeroplanes crashing in to tall towers. The limit is 242m AOD, so it is very restricting.

In Birmingham in the UK, we have seen ~250m proposals gets shrunk to 120m and 145m.
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Old January 7th, 2013, 01:04 PM   #48
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Old January 7th, 2013, 01:05 PM   #49
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St. Petersburg, Russia ... nothing can dominant the historic center ...nothing modern can't be visible from the historic center ...even communists followed this rule ... that's why st' petersburg is one of the most well preserved historic cities in europe ...
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Old January 8th, 2013, 12:30 AM   #50
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There is no spire on that tower. That little thingy is just a maintance crane.
Bu the crane goes over 200 meters
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Old January 8th, 2013, 12:38 AM   #51
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I took this pic more than two years ago. If you consider that little horizontal lying crane as part of the total height of the building, then its totally up to you.


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Old January 8th, 2013, 12:50 AM   #52
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Unfortunately Belgrade has a total ban on highrises. Only up to 6 floors projects can get a building permit, with a few undesirable spots designated for "skyscrapers" but in reality in these few spots 12 floors are allowed. The official explanation is that they are trying to protect "city vistas" but this sometimes gets so hilarious as with a recent attempt of Kempinski to build a 30fl+ hotel tower that was reject by the city hall as a monstrosity and they were offered to build 12 floors in order not to affect the surrounding area. But guess where they wanted to build this tower? Between a dozen commieblock towers of which not a single one is under 20 floors! So first of all, this tower would be lower than all the other buildings at 12fl and thus look awkward and disproportionate and second of all commieblock apartment towers can't be considered a vista by any standards.

Most probably the underlying cause is the fact that the land is leased not sold in Belgrade so if they lease one plot for a 100fl office tower they wont be able to lease any other plot like when they allow for just 6fl which means they will lease 16 plots. Terrible.

The decision was justified by saying that European cities like Barcelona or Vienna would never allow towers. I made this video two years ago to refute it but we still haven't moved an inch forward, the ban is in place and investors are dropping their projects all the time for which the city economy has suffered millions already.

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Old January 8th, 2013, 01:37 AM   #53
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The whole of the UK except London has height restrictions. The Civil Aviation Authority worry about aeroplanes crashing in to tall towers. The limit is 242m AOD, so it is very restricting.

In Birmingham in the UK, we have seen ~250m proposals gets shrunk to 120m and 145m.
I don't believe Portsmouth does. Not that we have broken the 200m barrier anyway.
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I don't believe Portsmouth does. Not that we have broken the 200m barrier anyway.
Portsmouth is at sea level though.

Birmingham city centre is between 460-550 feet above sea level. Dudley around 900 feet, hence why the problems with buildings over 3 storeys.

Arena Central and Holloway Circus Tower being to fine examples where central government have intervened and had them reduce their height. Arena Central had full planning and about to start construction of a 275m tower until the Deputy Prime Minsters' Office forced it to stop, now replaced with the V Building proposal at 140m.

You can get exceptions though. A 200m hotel is to start construction in the city centre in April/May, it has taken years to convince the CAA to allow it.

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Old January 9th, 2013, 11:50 PM   #55
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In Montreal no skyscaper can be taller than the peak of Mount Royal,
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New head of the Urbanism office responsible for these height restrictions today announced that will limit the height in Belgrade to 150 meters but this will also not mean that you can build this tall anywhere. There will be one single plot in the whole city with 150 m height limit. Everywhere else it will mostly be 6 floors.
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Old January 18th, 2013, 12:15 AM   #57
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In Antalya, there's no official height restriction I know, but it's impossible to find any building taller than 85m. (Highest structure is 100m tall TV transmitter twin masts) the only advantage of the city is being surrounded by hundreds of meter high Taurus mountains;
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In Ankara, the height limit is recently set to 280m (About 1200m on sea level). The current highest building is ~160m tall.
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Phoenix CBD heights are limited (to 500 ft) due to proximity to the airport.

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A 114 story tower was proposed outside the CBD 26 years ago but was scrapped.
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Old January 20th, 2013, 11:51 AM   #59
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Miami has zoned height limits based on flight paths in and out of MIA. The tallest anyone can build right now is 1,010 ft and only in a small part of the CBD.

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Old January 20th, 2013, 05:35 PM   #60
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I'm asking if there are any cities in Africa with height restrictions.
Rabat, capital of Morocco, has height restrictions. Some Gulf investors wanted to build skyscrappers near the city's marina, but the city council refused the project due to the suggested buildings height.
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