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View Poll Results: High-rise Capital of the World is...
China 212 41.17%
Brazil 52 10.10%
USA 239 46.41%
A three way tie 12 2.33%
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Old December 21st, 2005, 04:38 PM   #1
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High-rise Capital of the World: China, Brazil, or USA?

China, Brazil, and the United States have something distinctly common, lots of high-rise buildings (examples: skyscrapers, apartment buildings and condos, etc). In your mind and if possible, with facts, which nation can call itself highrise capital of the world?


Definitions for High-rise:

1) being multistory and equipped with elevators.

2) of, relating to, or characterized by high-rise buildings.


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Definition for Capital:

3) chief in importance or influence


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Old December 21st, 2005, 04:50 PM   #2
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The U.S. I would say. It has what is generally regarded as two of the best three skylines in the world. Two cities which truely reflect the history and embodement of the skyscraper (NYC and Chicago). Many of its even mid-size cities have pretty good skylines. American skyscrapers have the greatest diversity, sizes, ages, and charhecter in my opinion (Chinas cities have some good charecher but they all look modern and generally have a same feel about them where in the U.S. there is more variation between cities I feel)
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Old December 21st, 2005, 04:55 PM   #3
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well...when it comes to quantity it's probably china.

the US may be the home of the highrise/skyscraper, but only a handfull of cities have many of them. in brazil or china you have dozens of cities with literally thousands of highrise buildings.
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Old December 21st, 2005, 05:14 PM   #4
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A multi-storied building has to be 500' high to be considered a skyscraper. Brazil has a nationwide land use policy that prohibits buildings form being any taller than that. Aside from a few exceptions, Brazil has very few skyscrapers.

If we follow the definition above, a multistoried building with an elevator, the 2 story Library downtown is a highrise. A highrise is any building 12+ stories, or 35m+ (either works.)

Highrise stats, "© Emporis December 2005".
USA: 18,895 highrises (http://www.emporis.com/en/bu/sk/st/ma/ct/co/?id=100007)
China: 12,061 highrises (http://www.emporis.com/en/bu/sk/st/ma/ct/co/?id=100004)
Brazil: 9,620 highrises (http://www.emporis.com/en/bu/sk/st/ma/ct/co/?id=100003)
(http://www.emporis.com/en/bu/sk/st/ma/ct/)

Remember that Emporis is a work in progress, and data on most countries, especially China, are incomplete.
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Old December 21st, 2005, 06:09 PM   #5
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Of course China will because it has billions of people, millions moving into urban centers each year. However, if we are talking about quality. Ahem...the U.S. blows Brazil and China off the map.
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Old December 21st, 2005, 06:11 PM   #6
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USA because a) we invented skyscrapers, b) skyscrapers are as American as apple pie c) we have more cities with more high rises than any other country
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Old December 21st, 2005, 06:11 PM   #7
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I have to say the USA. A capital city doesn't have to have the largest population in a country. China have more towers now but the ones in the US are more famous. When most people think of skyscrapers they think of USA.
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Old December 21st, 2005, 06:16 PM   #8
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Of course China will because it has billions of people, millions moving into urban centers each year. However, if we are talking about quality. Ahem...the U.S. blows Brazil and China off the map.
True, but there are some countries that are making much more structurally sound skyscrapers. Look at Torre Mayor in Mexico City. There was an earthquake, and people in the building barely even noticed it.
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Old December 21st, 2005, 06:52 PM   #9
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I think China would have the High-rise Capital of the World:
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Old December 21st, 2005, 06:54 PM   #10
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Old December 21st, 2005, 07:17 PM   #11
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well colombia is not far behind
but i'll go with china
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Old December 21st, 2005, 07:18 PM   #12
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Old December 21st, 2005, 07:25 PM   #13
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Old December 21st, 2005, 07:26 PM   #14
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Old December 21st, 2005, 10:43 PM   #15
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Only São Paulo have 42.000 High Rises according to City hall.
In all Brazil Emporis have less than 10 people, so this data is wrong (China too).
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We invented it, and perfected it. Now China might have some game, but the only thing Brazil has is Sao Paulo, and Recife.
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Old December 21st, 2005, 11:14 PM   #17
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The first high-rises originated in London...?

I would have to say China, as most of their urban population lives in high-rises as opposed to the USA.
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Old December 21st, 2005, 11:15 PM   #18
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The first high-rises originated in London...?

I would have to say China, as most of their urban population lives in high-rises as opposed to the USA.
Not Steel Frame to make them truely skyscrapers...
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Old December 21st, 2005, 11:31 PM   #19
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For Highrises China wins, For Skyscarpers China only has a few cities with a lot of Supertalls, therefore USA wins that catargory.
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Old December 21st, 2005, 11:32 PM   #20
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Quote:
Originally Posted by HoustonTexas
We invented it, and perfected it. Now China might have some game, but the only thing Brazil has is Sao Paulo, and Recife.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH
Are you joke?

Only in São Paulo State i remember of:
Guarulhos, Campinas, Santos, São Vicente, Praia Grande, São Bernado do Campo, Santo André, São Caetano.


In the rest of country: Rio de Janeiro, Niteroi, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Curitiba, Florianopolis, Camburiu.
This is just the cities i remember now multiplies for 10 and for 3 and perhaps it´s close to the real number.
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