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Old September 27th, 2010, 04:33 AM   #1821
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San Francisco.

I never understood all the fuss about Shanghai. Sure, it has height, and the architecture is interesting, like Shanghai IFC or Jin Mao, but put all the towers together, and they make for what I've always felt like a rushed skyline with no real focal point that's trying too hard. It just doesn't feel like a natural skyline to me.
Isn't a skyline with no focal point a natural skyline? Apart from Lujiazui which has always been planned to ramp up from the river to a centre of three super-talls, Shanghai's skyline is totally natural. Wherever people want tall buildings and the land price justifies building them, they get built. It's just like San Fransisco except that the area there in which it is worth building tall is vastly larger. If there is a lot of red-tape that restricts SF high rise to down-town then Shanghai would have to be considered more 'natural'.

Before I'd been to Shanghai I always assumed that the towers going up were vanity projects and that the city was planned and unnatural. Having been there however I quickly realised that the tip of Pudong is just a tiny, tiny fraction of the whole. High-rise is driven by the huge population and it's very high density, the lack of a car culture and the very low cost of construction. Sh. has a mix of all heights which makes it more natural than say Dubai (why don't they need any 3-20 floor buildings there?) but does make it look very chaotic.
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Old September 27th, 2010, 04:42 AM   #1822
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Isn't a skyline with no focal point a natural skyline? Apart from Lujiazui which has always been planned to ramp up from the river to a centre of three super-talls, Shanghai's skyline is totally natural. Wherever people want tall buildings and the land price justifies building them, they get built. It's just like San Fransisco except that the area there in which it is worth building tall is vastly larger. If there is a lot of red-tape that restricts SF high rise to down-town then Shanghai would have to be considered more 'natural'.

Before I'd been to Shanghai I always assumed that the towers going up were vanity projects and that the city was planned and unnatural. Having been there however I quickly realised that the tip of Pudong is just a tiny, tiny fraction of the whole. High-rise is driven by the huge population and it's very high density, the lack of a car culture and the very low cost of construction. Sh. has a mix of all heights which makes it more natural than say Dubai (why don't they need any 3-20 floor buildings there?) but does make it look very chaotic.
Since you've been to the city, you have more knowledge of it than I do. When I think of Shanghai's skyline, I think of the Pudong tip. If I included the entire rest of the city, it's not a skyline to me anymore. It's a skymass. A skymass, to me, is different than a skyline just because it's sheer size. Other cities I'd include in that category are Tokyo and Bangkok. Plus, I apologize. I was using my own definition of a natural skyline, which I consider to be a skyline with a main focal point that's built up to by its surroundings. To take my choice, San Francisco's focal point would be the Transamerica Pyramid. Looking at that from Treasure Island, it's built up to, like the peak of a mountain.
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Old September 27th, 2010, 05:10 AM   #1823
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san fran got a beautiful skyline !
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Old September 27th, 2010, 05:31 AM   #1824
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san fran got a beautiful skyline !
Exactly. How many cities in the world can say their skyline is boosted by two of the world's most iconic and beautiful suspension bridges? New York's the only other city I can think of.
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Old September 27th, 2010, 06:13 AM   #1825
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san fran got a beautiful skyline !
both its skyscrapers and the scenery are very good. although in that category I like the skylines of Vancouver and Sydney a lot more, these are perfect IMO.
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Old September 27th, 2010, 02:38 PM   #1826
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1st got to be Hongkong
2nd Dubai
3rd New York

How about Manila Skyline its the most orderly in Asia
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Old September 28th, 2010, 09:06 PM   #1827
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Big Apple is Big Apple, so it is no. 1.
Hong Kong and San Francisco along with Sydney have their skylines in awesome backdrops and surroundings, making them no. 2.
Chicago is impressive as are Shanghai and Toronto, but they lack the natural setting of the no. 2 ones and the size of NYC, so I put it in 3rd place.
Seoul, Sao Paulo and Tokyo have the massiveness and urbanity factor and so I put them in 4th place.
Dubai and Shenzhen come 5th since they have the bustling factor of jaw-dropping growth over the last decades.
In 6th place there are some Asian "minors", Moscow, LA, Miami, Buenos Aires, Rio, Santiago, Melbourne, Vancouver, surely several others I do not think of right now.
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Old September 28th, 2010, 09:19 PM   #1828
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Old September 29th, 2010, 11:22 AM   #1829
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Old October 1st, 2010, 07:46 AM   #1830
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Old October 1st, 2010, 01:35 PM   #1831
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Old November 3rd, 2010, 10:04 PM   #1832
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My top 5

1.New York City
2.Hong Kong
3.Chicago
4.Dubai
5.Shanghai
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Old November 9th, 2010, 11:22 AM   #1833
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same here

in addition to Toronto and Sydney.
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Old November 9th, 2010, 09:52 PM   #1834
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i think many people will put NYC at least in the top3 once the new WTC is completed (or even just 1WTC). personally, i see hong kong's nr.1 position to be in danger. shanghai and dubai are the other two cities which compete with HK. chicago stays solidly in the top5 but as of now, not a single 200m+ tower is U/C which is kind of sad.

#1 HK
#2 NYC
#3 shanghai
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 12:19 PM   #1835
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 09:20 PM   #1836
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newyork,
hongkong
shanghai
chicago
dubai
kuala lumpur
singapore
sydney
london
tokyo
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 10:06 PM   #1837
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#2 NYC:

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Old November 25th, 2010, 07:08 AM   #1838
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My top 5 right now:

1. Singapore
2. NYC
3. HK
4. Shanghai
5. Chicago
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Old November 25th, 2010, 09:02 PM   #1839
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chicago


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shanghai


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Old November 25th, 2010, 10:25 PM   #1840
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old pics of Dubai, Shanghai and Singapur
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