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Old January 31st, 2014, 07:50 AM   #3041
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You mean Vancouver?
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Old January 31st, 2014, 07:50 AM   #3042
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Old January 31st, 2014, 07:57 AM   #3043
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You mean Vancouver?
Somebody called it Montreal on the thread from which I copied it, and I've never seen Vancouver from that angle, so I didn't recognize it.
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Old January 31st, 2014, 08:08 AM   #3044
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Old January 31st, 2014, 08:15 AM   #3045
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Old January 31st, 2014, 08:48 AM   #3046
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Old January 31st, 2014, 08:54 AM   #3047
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Old January 31st, 2014, 11:22 AM   #3048
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There are some other factors I forgot to mention off the top of my head. I definitely like variety in heights, designs, materials, etc. I guess it's a downside of some cities that are growing very quickly, that too many buildings often look like the came from the same family tree. "Dare to be different!"
Ok, thanks. I agree that the sea of similar all glass condo towers detracts from the Vancouver skyline. The mentality seemed to be that skyscrapers weren't something to admire, but needed to apologize for existing. Hence make them fade into the background as much as possible. I'm hoping that their 30 year obsession with making buildings as unobtrusive as possible is over.

That seems to be happening with lots of new very good proposals that celebrate architecture. Besides, I think people overly focus on those glass condos to the complete exclusion of everything else. Vancouver could climb back into my top 10 if they just started building some height. Btw, you need about $500,000 to live in one of those 'cheap looking' condos.

That said, I have a hard time putting this any lower than 14th:

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Old January 31st, 2014, 03:57 PM   #3049
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Old February 1st, 2014, 07:11 AM   #3051
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Your top 3 are accurate but the rest seem to be a bit out of order, here's a little help with your US cities


http://www.rsvlts.com/2013/09/30/best-skylines-america/
This list is based solely on the number of 500'+ buildings in the city. There are a lot of ways to judge a skyline.
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Old February 1st, 2014, 08:17 AM   #3052
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This list is based solely on the number of 500'+ buildings in the city. There are a lot of ways to judge a skyline.
That list is certainly the least subjective way to judge a skyline. We can all argue personal preferences until we're blue in the face.
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Old February 1st, 2014, 01:28 PM   #3053
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I like this photo of Vancouver a lot. I have no issue with all the glass condos. It's just that they are so short. If they were all over 150 meters tall. That would make a big difference to me as far as how I would rank Vancouver.

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Old February 1st, 2014, 03:18 PM   #3055
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Quantum's Best North American Skylines
#1 New York
#2 Chicago
#3 Toronto
#4 Panama City
#5 Miami
#6 Houston
#7 Los Angeles
#8 San Francisco
#9 Atlanta
#10 Dallas
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#12 Mexico City
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Old February 1st, 2014, 04:19 PM   #3056
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I like this photo of Vancouver a lot. I have no issue with all the glass condos. It's just that they are so short. If they were all over 150 meters tall. That would make a big difference to me as far as how I would rank Vancouver.
There is only 1 building over 150m in that (admittedly nice) photo and it needs a spire to get there. The mass is impressive, but no individually great towers there. Certainly nothing that would stand out if placed in any of the other cities on my list.

I think I also tend to favor skylines dominated by office towers over residential. It's what I grew up with in the Northeast. I like their higher floor-to-ceiling heights and lack of balconies, among other things. They also usually look "cleaner". It's why I put Montreal and Calgary ahead of Vancouver, and also partially why I have some other "high quantity" skylines so low. In the case of a couple prominent, high quantity southern skylines, I rank them low because I think they are kitschy and ugly. Ugly ugly ugly. Like a shorter, fatter, but every bit as tacky version of Dubai. Tough to get excited about a bunch of new 150m+ buildings if they all look gross.
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I like the North American skyline, are fascinating!

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Old February 1st, 2014, 08:21 PM   #3058
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There is only 1 building over 150m in that (admittedly nice) photo and it needs a spire to get there. The mass is impressive, but no individually great towers there. Certainly nothing that would stand out if placed in any of the other cities on my list.
This why I couldn't rank Vancouver any higher than I did. I ranked it higher than you though because of it's overall impact.

The skylines of Houston and Los Angeles are watered down by the fact that the cities are both so huge that many of their tall buildings are scattered throughout the city rather than giving greater depth and density to their downtown.

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I think I also tend to favor skylines dominated by office towers over residential. It's what I grew up with in the Northeast. I like their higher floor-to-ceiling heights and lack of balconies, among other things. They also usually look "cleaner". It's why I put Montreal and Calgary ahead of Vancouver, and also partially why I have some other "high quantity" skylines so low. In the case of a couple prominent, high quantity southern skylines, I rank them low because I think they are kitschy and ugly. Ugly ugly ugly. Like a shorter, fatter, but every bit as tacky version of Dubai. Tough to get excited about a bunch of new 150m+ buildings if they all look gross.
Lots of people prefer office towers over residential for the same reason you do, but I find very tall residential towers with balconies to be rather futuristic. Only fairly recent advances in structural engineering have made very tall buildings with balconies possible because it was feared that the increased wind load caused by the balconies would rip the building apart. Now it's possible to make more precise computer calculations as to how much a very tall building with balconies can take in a windstorm. Very tall residential buildings represent advancement in skyscaper architecture. Being able to live very high above the ground and go outside is very appealing to me and a lot of people. That's why you can find so many very tall balconied buildings in cities where the weather permits.

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Early 2014 rankings:
1. NYC
2. Chicago
3. Toronto
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4. LA
5. Philly
6. Atlanta
7. Houston
8. Boston
9. Seattle
10. San Francisco
11. Panama City
12. Dallas
13. Miami
14. Montreal
15. Calgary
16. Pittsburgh
17. Mexico City
18. Minneapolis
19. Vancouver
20. Detroit
21. Charlotte
22. Denver
23. Cleveland

Obviously there is a lot of separation between the top 3 and the rest of the crowd.

Before you complain that City X has more skyscrapers than City Y and therefore should be higher, I also consider overall height, depth, density/proximity, QUALITY (especially at the top), and layout.
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There is only 1 building over 150m in that (admittedly nice) photo and it needs a spire to get there. The mass is impressive, but no individually great towers there. Certainly nothing that would stand out if placed in any of the other cities on my list.

I think I also tend to favor skylines dominated by office towers over residential. It's what I grew up with in the Northeast. I like their higher floor-to-ceiling heights and lack of balconies, among other things. They also usually look "cleaner". It's why I put Montreal and Calgary ahead of Vancouver, and also partially why I have some other "high quantity" skylines so low. In the case of a couple prominent, high quantity southern skylines, I rank them low because I think they are kitschy and ugly. Ugly ugly ugly. Like a shorter, fatter, but every bit as tacky version of Dubai. Tough to get excited about a bunch of new 150m+ buildings if they all look gross.

Right, and this coming from a guy who lives in a city that's tallest residential tower is 135M lol and talks about others being short and fat

It must be tough to get excited about a city with little to no new construction, don't hate, congratulate, like we would do for you
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