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Old September 24th, 2013, 04:26 PM   #21
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Old September 24th, 2013, 05:08 PM   #22
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How can London's skyline be overrated when it's barely even rated?

London's skyline has more to look at then most in the world. Not often you can see neo-gothic towers, a castle, cathedral, churches, a massive wheel, football stadium and modern skyscrapers all on one skyline.

Infact.

Only London offers that.

But if glass and straight lines tickle your fancy, then over course London is overrated.
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Old September 24th, 2013, 05:32 PM   #23
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London is one of the greatest and most beautiful cities on Earth, but the skyline is overrated (in Euro forum), though a skyline lesser than 10/10 not in the least bit hurt the great city.
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Old September 24th, 2013, 06:25 PM   #24
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People like Birmingham have helped London achieve overrated status on this forum. A great city, sure... but as a skyline, it has a long way to go.
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Old September 24th, 2013, 10:50 PM   #25
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Right now as it is it has little coherence (apart from Canary Wharf) It should look better if a tall tower is built on the site of the Pinnacle and if something joins 20 Fenchurch Street with the rest of the cluster.
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Old September 24th, 2013, 11:33 PM   #26
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IMHO European skylines are actually better then most generic North American or Asian skylines(full of similar bland buildings next to one another). Naturally there will be exceptions. But Europe skylines are classier, diverse, historic alongside modern, more interesting and in fact they are underrated. Just because they may not be as tall as others doesn't mean they are worse. Skyline in the literal sense isn't just tall buildings, it's how the skyline looks against the background of the horizon and in that sense European skylines are much more interesting. The cities also tend to be older so can't just demolish historical sites for tall skyscrapers.

I'm not sure how you can call European cities overrated when they aren't even rated, just have a look at the 'Worlds best skyline' or top ten skylines in the world threads. European Skylines ARE underatted.
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Old September 24th, 2013, 11:33 PM   #27
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Old September 25th, 2013, 12:21 AM   #28
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London: it's way too spread out and doesn't seem to have a place
Dubai: too many ugly towers, almost nothing "inbetween"
New York: this one's difficult to explain. I love all the historic skyscrapers, but right now it's being murdered by boring glass boxes ... Hudson Yards and WTC towers don't seem bad, but a lot of projects are there just to make $$$
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Old September 25th, 2013, 12:31 AM   #29
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I'd say London's was underrated if anything. Many skylines are almost unrecognisable because they're just a load of blocks.

London has a wide variety of unique shapes spreading over hundreds of years. The skyline tells of the story of the city it represents better than any other skyline.
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Old September 25th, 2013, 12:38 AM   #30
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I guess an "Underrated Skylines" thread would be more interesting.
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Old September 25th, 2013, 01:56 AM   #31
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+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?
I don't think São Paulo is overrated because I don't hear much about it. But yeah melbourne's skyline is better than sydney but sydney is still great
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Old September 25th, 2013, 01:57 AM   #32
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I guess an "Underrated Skylines" thread would be more interesting.
There already is.
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Old September 25th, 2013, 02:01 AM   #33
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New York: this one's difficult to explain. I love all the historic skyscrapers, but right now it's being murdered by boring glass boxes ... Hudson Yards and WTC towers don't seem bad, but a lot of projects are there just to make $$$
Nah, New York City skyline is better than 99% of all the skylines in the world. I wouldn't call it overrated because most people only dream of having a skyline like that in their city.
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Old September 25th, 2013, 02:02 AM   #34
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There already is.
Where? While here I've named only two, in an "underrated" one, I can think of more than ten.
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Old September 25th, 2013, 02:04 AM   #35
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People like Birmingham have helped London achieve overrated status on this forum. A great city, sure... but as a skyline, it has a long way to go.
Definitely.

In my opinion:

Los Angeles
Sao Paulo
London
Toronto

...among others, are overrated.
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Old September 25th, 2013, 02:37 AM   #36
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London: it's way too spread out and doesn't seem to have a place
Dubai: too many ugly towers, almost nothing "inbetween"
New York: this one's difficult to explain. I love all the historic skyscrapers, but right now it's being murdered by boring glass boxes ... Hudson Yards and WTC towers don't seem bad, but a lot of projects are there just to make $$$
That's a ridiculous statement, invest millions building and let's see if you don't want them back. Building is bussines, and so is (sadly) architecture nowadays.
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Old September 25th, 2013, 03:03 AM   #37
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Old September 25th, 2013, 08:00 AM   #38
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Awesome rebuttal.
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Old September 25th, 2013, 08:11 AM   #39
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Old September 25th, 2013, 10:55 AM   #40
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People like Birmingham have helped London achieve overrated status on this forum. A great city, sure... but as a skyline, it has a long way to go.
And people like you have helped achieved notoriety on this forum as being biased against certain cities. London being one of them.

As I said. London is not rated so how can it be overrated?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. If all the worlds best skylines are full of modern skyscrapers which all look practically the same as the next skyline then it's a pretty dull comparison and a very dull way to look at things.

If anything. The fact you over look the different types of architecture and shapes and uses on the London skyline shows a distinct lack of architectural knowledge and the fact you judge asthetics and the terminology of "skyline" merely on height and number begs the question ... what are you actually doing on this forum??

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