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Old October 9th, 2015, 07:15 PM   #61
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Only cities in South Asia to have decent skylines are Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Noida, Gurgaon, Kolkata and Colombo. Others are just flat cities with no skylines. A one or two highrises here and there don't form a skyline. Sorry if i sound rude but that's the truth.
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Old October 19th, 2015, 12:55 AM   #78
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Only cities in South Asia to have decent skylines are Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Noida, Gurgaon, Kolkata and Colombo. Others are just flat cities with no skylines. A one or two highrises here and there don't form a skyline. Sorry if i sound rude but that's the truth.

Hi Pals_RGB.... I perfectly understand your point and agree to some extent. Although I would add Karachi, Dhaka, Pune, Hyderabad and a few more cities to the list of cities you have provided.

But I don't think there is any formal definition of the word "skyline". To me it means a set of aesthetically pleasing buildings or structures that gives the viewer a feel of the city. Sometimes the skyline can be aweinspiring as well, like say Shanghai or Hongkong or even Mumbai. But that is not a necessity. I don't think you need skyscrapers for skyline. Midrise buildings are good enough. Take for eg. the picture of Cochin from the sea. Its a good enough skyline for me. But many people wouldn't say so because there are no highrises. Infact many European cities also have skylines devoid of skyscrappers. The key things for me is architecture and the feel of a city.

I also do not like the obsession with "best". What that does is pushes many smaller cities into obscurity. There are many impressive sights from these cities too. And because of this obsession with "best" one cannot find good photos of skylines from the smaller cities.
I will add some when i find them.
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9. Delhi:
Technically, Gurgaon and Noida are part of Delhi's metropolitan area but they're considered different so I count them as such.
Delhi doesn't have many tall buildings. Period. But the view in Connaught Place does show that it has potential. Hopefully, we'll see some more of it in the future.
"Delhi doesn't have many tall buildings. Period." --- there is a technical reason for that --- Delhi is a high risk zone for earth quakes. The Govt has very stringent rules. So No you won't see many tall buildings in Delhi even a few decades later.

"Technically, Gurgaon and Noida are part of Delhi's metropolitan area" --- No they are not. They are not just separate cities they belong to entirely different states (India is a federation/union of many states). Noida is in Uttar Pradesh, Gurgaon is in Harayana. However, they have developed solely because Delhi was expanding for the last 2-3 decades.

It was a bureaucratic nightmare to coordinate different municipalities and State Govts (which are usually ruled by opposing political parties). So a new administrative agency was created to maintain coordination. The region that comes under their jurisdiction is called "National Capital region", which includes Delhi (New Delhi + all its suburbs), Noida, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, etc.
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So here's my ranking.

1. Bangalore:
Yes, it may not be the densest skyline but it's the most eye-catching in the lot. Even though the tallest building in the city is just 128m high, it makes for a nice skyline. All the buildings are iconic and don't clash too much with the environment.

2. Colombo:
Considering how less than 200 buildings in this city are above 200m, this city's skyline is amazing. With the twin towers as the most iconic towers in the city, Colombo shows serious potential.

3. Mumbai:
The financial and commercial capital of South-Asia's skyline is quite similar to Hong Kong in the 80s. About a decade ago, it's skyline was full of concrete eyesores but it's come a long way since then. With 2 supertalls under construction and several unique skyscrapers already dominating it's dense skyline, Mumbai truly has potential to become one of the world's best skylines.

4. Islamabad:
You may say that i'm biased towards my own city and you're partially correct but hear me out. Islamabad didn't have any buildings above 100m up until 2013. Now it has 4 with several others approved. It also has a few 200m+ towers proposed and under construction. Taking into account that it's the least populated city in the lot (just shy of a million people), Islamabad's doing well. It can even break into the top 3 and make a name for itself if it keeps this up.

5. Gurgaon:
I was having this mental battle between Noida and Gurgaon. I chose Gurgaon because of it's iconic towers. The DLF Tower certainly is iconic. Considering this city's been developed recently, i'm impressed. It has potential to compete with many skylines across the world.

6. Karachi
Karachi has the potential to be right up there on the top but the only problem is it just doesn't have a distinct skyline. The city barely has a handful of towers above 100m with the tallest being 120m tall. Now this is the 2nd largest city in the world so one should expect a bit more from it. If it can develop a distinguishable CBD with high rises and two or three supertalls, I don't see why it can't be one of the best in the world.

7. Noida:
The difference between Noida and Gurgaon is that Noida doesn't have any distinct towers to identify itself. It's a cluster of identical residential/commercial buildings.

8. Dhaka:
I was planning on putting Dhaka in the top 5 but it's problem is similar to that of Karachi's. The only difference is that Karachi has a mix of old and new towers to identify itself. Dhaka lacks that.

9. Delhi:
Technically, Gurgaon and Noida are part of Delhi's metropolitan area but they're considered different so I count them as such.
Delhi doesn't have many tall buildings. Period. But the view in Connaught Place does show that it has potential. Hopefully, we'll see some more of it in the future.

10. Kolkata:
Bottom of the list and rightly so. Kolkata has potential but lacks both density and aesthetics. All the towers there look dilapidated and downright ugly. Could do with a CBD makeover.

Mansoor Bhai, although i completely disagree with your ranking but i will not comment on it. I would have been much happier if instead of looking for the best this thread was just titled "South Asian skyline". So that more people would get to know about the many cities in the region.
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