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Old September 23rd, 2013, 04:43 AM   #1
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Overrated Skylines

What, in your opinion, is the most overrated skyline in the world and doesnt deserve recognition it gets.
IMO Dubai is VERY overrated, just alot of tall, ugly, empty, meaningless buildings lined up on a road isn't that great.
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Old September 23rd, 2013, 04:46 AM   #2
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They aren't that empty. Also this thread will do nothing but cause arguments.
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Old September 23rd, 2013, 05:04 AM   #3
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They aren't that empty. Also this thread will do nothing but cause arguments.
Just expressing my opinion
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Old September 23rd, 2013, 06:32 AM   #4
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London.
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Old September 23rd, 2013, 07:05 AM   #5
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Old September 23rd, 2013, 10:39 AM   #6
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They aren't that empty. Also this thread will do nothing but cause arguments.
I'm agreed with you.

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Old September 23rd, 2013, 10:41 AM   #7
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Every single city skyline in the world is overrated and poo. Especially the city blurredlines resides in. Except for Dubai ofcourse.
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Old September 23rd, 2013, 10:45 AM   #8
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IMO Dubai is VERY overrated, just alot of tall, ugly, empty, meaningless buildings lined up on a road isn't that great.
So i guess you've never been there.
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Old September 23rd, 2013, 05:21 PM   #9
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Old September 23rd, 2013, 05:29 PM   #10
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Shanghai and Dubai
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Old September 23rd, 2013, 08:33 PM   #11
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So...Many...butthurts.
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Old September 23rd, 2013, 09:13 PM   #12
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Also this thread will do nothing but cause arguments.
I have a feeling you are right!

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So...Many...butthurts.
Careful now! I feeling a thread closing or an infraction coming on.

There are two North American skylines that I think are vastly overrated, but I have never mentioned them because I know how much people love their skylines, so I hold back. What I have to bear regarding the Miami skyline sometimes is beyond belief.

I only opened up about London on one of the other threads because Londoners on the site kept touting it to no end, but I'm in agreement with a couple of the other posts regarding the london skyline. Otherwise, I hold back.
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Old September 24th, 2013, 02:21 AM   #13
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This isn't saying that Dubai is a bad skyline, it's fantastic. But when people compare it to cities like Hong Kong and New York it just feels wrong. Dubai is far behind when it comes to those cities, I specially hate the design of its buildings (counting out burj al Arab and burj khalifa) it's all different and wierd shapes and sizes. But that's just MY OPINION.
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Old September 24th, 2013, 02:32 AM   #14
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I used to think that Shanghai didn't really have that great of a skyline, until I saw it in person.

The skyscrapers look big and imposing on camera, but for somebody who grew up in Toronto, the tallest things I see on a regular basis are ten to twenty storey tall apartment buildings so the sheer scale of some highrises was completely incomprehensible until I visited some large Chinese cities.
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Old September 24th, 2013, 03:02 AM   #15
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It's hard to tell if it's overrated or not as I'm not sure what skylines people here like. So I just say that I don't like Shanghai's.


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There are two North American skylines that I think are vastly overrated, but I have never mentioned them because I know how much people love their skylines, so I hold back.
Please, tell us! The curiosity...
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Old September 24th, 2013, 03:11 AM   #16
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I which London had it better. It's skyline does not make any justice to such a great city.
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Old September 24th, 2013, 03:22 AM   #17
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Forgot to mention: I don't like Vancouver's. Same-height glassy residential towers didn't make a good skyline.
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Old September 24th, 2013, 05:15 AM   #18
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London is one of the best cities in the world. It would be good if it had an amazing skyline but it doesn't need it. The buildings it already has are far more beautiful. But yeah it's skyline is a bit overrated.
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Old September 24th, 2013, 06:28 AM   #19
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Forgot to mention: I don't like Vancouver's. Same-height glassy residential towers didn't make a good skyline.
+1 Also generally lacks height, and only looks taller in pics because residential towers tend to have more floors. I have it 4th in Canada, and many people rate it as high as 4th in all of North America!

I think Sydney is *starting* to fall into the overrated category. Still incredibly beautiful, dense, and impressive, but no longer the best in Australia and living off reputation in that regard. Looking forward to seeing what the new (more substantial) construction can do for it, but at this point Melbourne is blowing it out of the water, and I only see that gap widening. Height limit in downtown hurts.

Sao Paulo. It looks incredible and enormous at first glance, but when you really think about it, if you put it into NYC it wouldn't make a dent in the skyline. Even NYC's "overflow" areas, such as the buildings flanking Central Park in upper Manhattan, are still taller and more substantial than most of SP.

I feel like, for me, a skyline needs a nice balance of height and density. In this case, all 3 of these have the density, but lack the height (particularly Vancouver and Sao Paulo). I don't think that they are necessarily bad skylines, just not worthy of the praise that is often heaped on them.

If you put the Empire State Building and WTC as 2 orienting points in Sao Paulo, would the city really still look huge? If you put Vancouver (and it's 0 200m buildings) across a river from downtown Los Angeles (and it's 11 200m buildings) would we still be so quick to rate Vancouver as the better skyline?
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Old September 24th, 2013, 03:58 PM   #20
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I don't think São Paulo's skyline is overrated as people hardly acknowlegde the city has one. I guess it's its density, the endless highrise sprawl, that are highlighted, not the skyline(s).
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