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Old December 9th, 2014, 06:57 PM   #6401
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It's my favourite feature in Miami and agree that it's going to look even better in a few years.
We've just learned that a 928-feet tall building is planned farther up the river where the green patch is in this photo. I don't have a calculator on this computer to do the meters. I hope the FAA allows it and the market holds up. There is just so much planned.

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Old December 10th, 2014, 07:36 PM   #6407
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Alright, since I'm going away for a few weeks, here's my take on the current four best skylines (in no order):

#Hong Kong:

Always a contender for the number 1 spot. The city has an incredible density and a sea of highrises and skyscrapers. Two 400m+ supertalls which kind of define the skyline. Both classy and very underrated. The other big boys are pretty cool too, f.e. Bank of China to name one. Hong Kong's setting is very dramatic with the harbour and mountains, combine that with massive skyscrapers and you get a superb skyline. Although the city is located in Asia (no offense), it has very few kitchy buildings, at least they are not visible on the skyline. If Hong Kong has one weakness it's those countless residential highrises which don't look that good. Also, there are many huge areas with similar looking buildings. So when looking at the skyline in broad daylight, you'll notice those buildings. Well, I say every big city has them. It's just that HK has a few more than the rest. The biggest strength comes with nightfall. The city turns on its lights, and dare I say it looks magnificent. HK has arguably the best night-time skyline in the world.
So all in all a great skyline. Hopefully the city picks up speed and blesses us with new mega projects, i.e. a couple of new supertalls.

#Chicago:

Chicago always impressed me. Whenever I see its skyline, I think of "classy", "modern", "elegant" and so on. You can feel that Chicago wants to achieve perfection. It's a very organized skyline compared to the other contenders. The supertalls are perfectly arranged and provide a peak where it's needed. Of course it helps that Sears and Hancock are one of the best supertalls out there. They both command the space above the city streets. A big bonus is of course 1. the lake and 2. the river which runs through Downtown. I just love all those little brigdes with massive skyscrapers in the backround. Chicago's skyline is not that big since it's not a megalopolis. Still, for its size it has disproportionately tall buildings. The only thing I don't like is that the skyline gets pretty flat behind the Downtown core. It just flattens out too sudden for my taste. Sure, from the lake everything looks great but there are quite a few angles where you notice the lack of highrises. And that's likely the only thing to criticize because let's be honest: Chitown has arguably the most aesthetically pleasing skyline in the world.
I just hope that the city will experience another boom. Sure there are some skyscraper here and there U/C, but that's nothing.

#Shanghai:

Oh Shanghai! Where to begin ... First let my say this: Lujiazui is just freaking amazing! The Big 3 are a superb trio, still can't decide which one looks better. The only thing that bugs me is the density ("towers in the park"), but I let that pass since they are so amazing. Lujiazui dominates the skyline, although as we know there's much more to see, f.e. Puxi (denser and lots of great buildings too). Maybe Shanghai's strength is its biggest weakness at the same time: the eyes focus too much on the Big 3 and ignore the rest. Admittedly, it's pretty hard to catch all the major districts in one shot. Another "downside" is that the city doesn't have a dramatic setting as other cities, but what can you expect with 20M+ people. Not everyone is blessed with a setting like Hong Kong's. As with HK, the skyline "awakens" at night. In other cities the lighting would seem kitschy, but here it's just spectacular. Shanghai has arguably the most futuristic and modern skyline in the world.
Pity that construction has slowed down, especially on the supertall front. Also I do hope that we'll see less smog in the future.

#New York:

The Queen. The King. The mother and father of all skylines. I live(d) in New York and I still am in awe. Why? The answer is simple: there's no feeling like it, be that walking down the street surrounded by tightly packed giant buildings or arriving into the city (bridge/tunnel). No towers in the park here - even the new Hudson Yards will be dense. Where else in the world do you see a 426m tall tower adjacent to a 5-storey building?
You have Downtown and Midtown, both great skylines by themselves. The city is lucky to have such a vast architectural richness which other cities shouldn't try to compensate. The Empire State and Chrysler buildings are to this day monuments. But New York doesn't sleep nor rest, on the contrary: it is experiencing the biggest skyscraper boom since the 1920s/30s. Supertalls (7 400m+ buildings to the roof by 2020) are popping up everywhere. Some areas like Midtown are so dense and massive already, that 200 - 250m tall buildings get lost. You could say Manhattan has developed a plateau of buildings in that range, insane. Therefore new peaks are needed to make the skyine even more powerful. For a brief moment it seemed that New York would be left behind - back now it's back, stronger than ever. The amount of skyscrapers from different eras is just unmatched. New York has arguably the most diverse, massive and recognizable skyline in the world.
I just hope that the city will see a real signature tower (500-550m roof) in the coming years and of course that the boom continues.

So no matter what skyline you like most, you can't go wrong with these 4.


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Old December 10th, 2014, 08:45 PM   #6408
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Old December 10th, 2014, 08:51 PM   #6409
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Old December 10th, 2014, 09:57 PM   #6410
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My attempt to quantitatively rate the 10 best skylines on earth

With ratings (out of 10) of Height (He), CBD Scale (Sc), Density (De), Diversity (Dv), Lighting at Night (LaN), Visual Effect of Landmark Tower (VELT) :

Tie between 1 and 2 for New York, Shanghai
1/2. New York
[(He=8)+(Sc=10)+(De=10) + (Dv=10) + (LaN=10)+(VELT=8)] = 56
1/2. Shanghai
[(He=10)+(Sc=9)+(De=8) + (Dv=9) + (LaN=10)+(VELT=10)] = 56
3. Honk Kong
[(He=8)+(Sc=9)+(De=10)+(Dv=9) + (LaN=10)+(VELT=8)] = 54
4. Shenzhen
[(He=10)+(Sc=10) +(De=8) + (Dv=7) + (LaN=8)+(VELT=10)] = 53
Tie between 5 and 6 for Chicago, Guangzhou
5/6. Chicago
[(He=8)+(Sc=8)+(De=9) + (Dv=10) + (LaN=9)+(VELT=8)] = 52
5/6. Guangzhou
[(He=9)+(Sc=9)+(De=9) + (Dv=8) + (LaN=8)+(VELT=9)] =52
Tie between 7 and 8 for Singapore, Toronto
7/8. Singapore
[(He=7)+(Sc=8)+(De=9) + (Dv=9) + (LaN=10)+(VELT=7)] = 50
7/8. Toronto
[(He=7)+(Sc=9)+(De=9) + (Dv=8) + (LaN=8)+(VELT=9)] = 50
Tie between 9 and 10 for Chongqing, Kuala Lumpur
9/10. Chongqing
[(He=7)+(Sc=9)+(De=10) + (Dv=8) + (LaN=8)+(VELT=7)] = 49
9/10. Kuala Lumpur
[(He=7)+(Sc=8)+(De=8) + (Dv=9) + (LaN=8)+(VELT=9)] = 49

Some things are subjective on this list :P

These are the 10 best skylines on earth in my opinion... Other candidates include Dubai, Moscow, Bangkok, etc... 2 Years from now The biggest jump on this list will be Shenzhen, which I will boldly claim will hit a sum score of 56 by relative terms. As the crème de la crème grows, so too will the established 10/10 rankings, and the rankings of weaker skylines will fall. It will be harder to get a 10. Shanghai will not increase in sum score, neither will hong kong. NY will rise by 1 as the height of the skyline will increase a bit from the supertall projects rising 2 years from now.

So in 2 Years, New York will claim the title of skyline king, whilst Shenzhen ties shanghai for 2nd, and 3rd will be hong kong. I also believe that this list at some point in the future (10 years from now) will have a quasi only Chinese list..
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Shenzhen as number 1 (By Quite Far) Achieving a 60 score and other skylines in relative terms being far behind.
With Chongqing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and now Tianjin, Wuhan and I predict Beijing popping up on the top 10 list. Also Mumbai will find itself in there, as well as Jakarta. New York will be the only western city on this ranking :P
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Old December 11th, 2014, 04:16 AM   #6411
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3. Honk Kong

I bet the place is so noisy with cars blaring.
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Old December 11th, 2014, 05:30 AM   #6413
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3. Honk Kong

I bet the place is so noisy with cars blaring.
Seriously i never heard any cars blaring, are u talking about india?
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Nope. Check the spelling.
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Old December 11th, 2014, 11:07 PM   #6419
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My attempt to quantitatively rate the 10 best skylines on earth

With ratings (out of 10) of Height (He), CBD Scale (Sc), Density (De), Diversity (Dv), Lighting at Night (LaN), Visual Effect of Landmark Tower (VELT) :

Tie between 1 and 2 for New York, Shanghai
1/2. New York
[(He=8)+(Sc=10)+(De=10) + (Dv=10) + (LaN=10)+(VELT=8)] = 56
1/2. Shanghai
[(He=10)+(Sc=9)+(De=8) + (Dv=9) + (LaN=10)+(VELT=10)] = 56
3. Honk Kong
[(He=8)+(Sc=9)+(De=10)+(Dv=9) + (LaN=10)+(VELT=8)] = 54
4. Shenzhen
[(He=10)+(Sc=10) +(De=8) + (Dv=7) + (LaN=8)+(VELT=10)] = 53
5/6. Chicago
[(He=8)+(Sc=8)+(De=9) + (Dv=10) + (LaN=9)+(VELT=8)] = 52
5/6. Guangzhou
[(He=9)+(Sc=9)+(De=9) + (Dv=8) + (LaN=8)+(VELT=9)] =52
7/8. Singapore
[(He=7)+(Sc=8)+(De=9) + (Dv=9) + (LaN=10)+(VELT=7)] = 50
7/8. Toronto
[(He=7)+(Sc=9)+(De=9) + (Dv=8) + (LaN=8)+(VELT=9)] = 50
9/10. Chongqing
[(He=7)+(Sc=9)+(De=10) + (Dv=8) + (LaN=8)+(VELT=7)] = 49
9/10. Kuala Lumpur
[(He=7)+(Sc=8)+(De=8) + (Dv=9) + (LaN=8)+(VELT=9)] = 49
I'll take a stab at it using your rating system. I'm a bit surprised at what I ended up with. I never rank Toronto that high, I usually rank Shanghai above Hong Kong, and Kuala Lumpur above Singapore. I suppose I don't usually give as much weight to those last 4 criteria and stress height more.


With ratings (out of 10) of Height (He), CBD Scale (Sc), Density (De), Diversity (Dv), Lighting at Night (LaN), Visual Effect of Landmark Tower (VELT) :

Tie between 1 and 2 for New York, Shanghai
1. New York
[(He=9)+(Sc=10)+(De=10) + (Dv=10) + (LaN=9)+(VELT=9)] = 57
2. Hong Kong
[(He=9)+(Sc=9)+(De=10)+(Dv=8) + (LaN=10)+(VELT=9)] = 55
3. Shanghai
[(He=9)+(Sc=9)+(De=8) + (Dv=7) + (LaN=10)+(VELT=10)] = 53
4/5. Chicago
[(He=8)+(Sc=8)+(De=9) + (Dv=10) + (LaN=8)+(VELT=9)] = 52
4/5. Toronto
[(He=7)+(Sc=8)+(De=9) + (Dv=9) + (LaN=9)+(VELT=10)] = 52
6. Guangzhou
[(He=8)+(Sc=8)+(De=8) + (Dv=7) + (LaN=9)+(VELT=10)] =50
7/8/9. Shenzhen
[(He=9)+(Sc=8) +(De=8) + (Dv=7) + (LaN=9)+(VELT=8)] = 49
7/8/9. Dubai
[(He=9)+(Sc=7)+(De=7) + (Dv=7) + (LaN=9)+(VELT=10)] = 49
7/8/9. Tokyo
[(He=6)+(Sc=8)+(De=9) + (Dv=8) + (LaN=9)+(VELT=9)] = 49
10. Singapore
[(He=7)+(Sc=8)+(De=8) + (Dv=8) + (LaN=9)+(VELT=8)] = 48

11. Kuala Lumpur
[(He=7)+(Sc=7)+(De=7) + (Dv=7) + (LaN=9)+(VELT=10)] = 47
12. Chongqing
[(He=7)+(Sc=7)+(De=8) + (Dv=7) + (LaN=8)+(VELT=7)] = 44
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