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Old January 3rd, 2006, 11:33 AM   #1
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Skyscrapers that best represents each region

Which skyscraper best represents each region.

Here are the regions

North America
Latin America
Europe
The Middle East
Africa
Asia
Oceana
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Old January 3rd, 2006, 11:35 AM   #2
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Anyway, here's mine

North America: Empire State Building (New York)
Latin America: Torre Mayor (Mexico City)
Europe: Messeturm (Frankfurt)
The Middle East: Burj Al Arab (Dubai)
Africa: Kenyatta Conference Centre (Nairobi)
Asia: Bank Of China Tower (Hong Kong)
Oceana: Q1 Tower (Gold Coast)
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Old January 3rd, 2006, 12:05 PM   #3
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North America - Empire State Building, New York


Latin America - Copan Building, Sao Paulo


Europe - Commerzbank building, Frankfurt


The Middle East - Burj al Arab, Dubai


Africa(it was difficult to choose) - Ponte City Apartments, Johannesburg


Asia - Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur


Oceana - Eureka Tower, Melbourne
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Old January 3rd, 2006, 12:15 PM   #4
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The thing is, Eureka Tower isn't finished!
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Old January 3rd, 2006, 03:20 PM   #5
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But it will be soon(does it really matter?). And then I think it will best represent Oceania.
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Old January 3rd, 2006, 04:02 PM   #6
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It wasn't easy...

North America: Empire State Building, NYC



Latin America: Torre Latinoamericana, Mexico-City



Europe: Commerzbank, Frankfurt



The Middle East: Burj al Arab, Dubai



Africa: Carlton Centre, Johannesburg



Asia: Bank Of China, HK



Oceana: Rialto Tower, Melbourne



For Europe, Swiss RE was also a good candidate, just like the Petronas were for Asia. And i have no doubt that Eurake will represent Australia in the future. And to be honest, no skyscraper represents Africa imo. So i voted for the tallest.
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Old January 3rd, 2006, 04:20 PM   #7
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Eh, are you voting for the best scraper in each region, or the scraper that best represents the region where it's located?

I can not, for example, see how the Burj al Arab represents the Middle East as a whole.

I would say:

North America - Sears Tower (Brutal, boxy, supertall)
Asia - Taipei 101 (WTB - represents the growth of Asia, "Oriental" pagoda design)
Europe - Turning Torso or SwissRe (Inovative, spectacular and thrilling designs, moderate heights)
Middle East - I don't really know. Maybe that Al Bait thing in Mecca?
Africa - No clue. I don't really think there are any towers that represent "Africa".
South America - Same here, I guess.
Oceania - Are there any scrapers that are "typically" Oceanian? I guess it would be a residential tower - maybe the Q1 (?) in Gold Coast?
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Old January 3rd, 2006, 04:52 PM   #8
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Eh, are you voting for the best scraper in each region, or the scraper that best represents the region where it's located?

I can not, for example, see how the Burj al Arab represents the Middle East as a whole.
It's the question if some regions could be represented by skyscraper. When i think of 'the Middle-East + skyscraper', then the first one comes to my mind is the Burj al Arab. Quite simple, so when i think of 'skyscraper + Europe' i think of the Commerzbank. And that doens't mean that the first skyscraper that i can think of is also the best skyscraper.
I could almost ask the same question to you, why vote for the Sears Tower while the ESB is the most iconic skyscraper in the world?
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Old January 4th, 2006, 01:45 AM   #9
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North America: Sears Tower- big, tall, and brutal
Middle East: Kingdom Center- curvy, smart design
Europe: Commerzbank- finest in the land
Asia: Petronas Towers- just the beginning
Australia: Q1- the next generation

I left out South America and Africa because I do not have a great grasp for existing building in those countries so I can't really pick.
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North America-Chrysler Building

Middle East- Burj Al Arab

Europe-Tour Montpanarsse

Asia-Taipei 101

Oceania- Vero Centre

South America-Torre Italia

Africa- Carlton Centre (what Africa used to be)...but The Forum (for what Africa will become)
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Asia - Jin Mao Tower (very definitely Chinese, and Chinese are the largest group in Asia, and the world)

Europe - Turning Torso (I feel its very Scandinavian, but it kinda represents how I think Europeans grapple with the skyscraper in the midst of their historic cities)

North America - Sears Tower (Big & Corporate)

Oceania - Aurora Place


No comments for South America or Africa.
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Old January 8th, 2006, 01:12 PM   #12
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Here are mine

Europe- Swiss Re Tower a.k.a. The Gherkin (London, UK)

Asia- Bank of China (Hong Kong)

Middle East- Al Faisaliyt (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)

North America - Empire State Building (New York)

South America - Torre Mayor (Mexico City)

Africa - none of note comes to mind. sorry.

Oceana- Governer Phillip Tower (Sydney, NSW)
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Old January 8th, 2006, 01:22 PM   #13
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Kenyatta Conference Centre in Nairobi, Kenya is to me the most African looking scraper

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Old January 8th, 2006, 10:07 PM   #14
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NA-ESB
Asia-BOC
SA-Torre Mayor
Europe-Swiss Re or perhaps even Turning Torso
Africa-Do the pyramids count?
Oceania-Q1
Middle East-Kingdom Center or Burj Al arab
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Old January 23rd, 2006, 06:17 AM   #15
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North America - Empire State Building (New York City)
Latin America - Torre Latinoamericana (Mexico City)
Europe - Messturm (Frankfurt)
The Middle East - Burj Al Arab (Dubai)
Africa - Ponte City Apartments (Johannesburg)
Asia - Petronas Towers (Kuala Lumpur)
Oceana - Q1 (Gold Coast)
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Old January 23rd, 2006, 06:35 AM   #16
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Kenyatta Conference Centre in Nairobi, Kenya is to me the most African looking scraper
Yep... its not the best looking, but it does use features of traditional (east) African architecture:

Africa: Kenyatta Conference Centre



North America: Chrysler Building

Middle East: Al Faisaliyt

Europe: Messeturm

Asia: BOC

Oceania: Q1

South America: Torre LA
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Old January 25th, 2006, 12:45 AM   #17
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America(Empire State building, Chrystler Building)
Asia (bank of China, 2 IFC)
Middle East (Al Burj Hotel)
Europe (Moscow State university)

And i'm not very familiar with skkyscrapers in Africa or Latin America
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Old January 25th, 2006, 06:04 PM   #18
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I believe that the towers should reflect the traditional design and/or cultures of the region.

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Yep... its not the best looking, but it does use features of traditional (east) African architecture:

Africa: Kenyatta Conference Centre


Asia: Tuntex & Chien Tai Building, Kaoshiung (pardon the spelling)
N. America: Empire State
Europe: Commerzbank
S. America: (no idea)
Middle East: (no idea)
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Old January 25th, 2006, 11:02 PM   #19
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It wasn't easy...

North America: Empire State Building, NYC



Latin America: Torre Latinoamericana, Mexico-City



Europe: Commerzbank, Frankfurt



The Middle East: Burj al Arab, Dubai



Africa: Carlton Centre, Johannesburg



Asia: Bank Of China, HK



Oceana: Rialto Tower, Melbourne



For Europe, Swiss RE was also a good candidate, just like the Petronas were for Asia. And i have no doubt that Eurake will represent Australia in the future. And to be honest, no skyscraper represents Africa imo. So i voted for the tallest.
Good choices. I agree.
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Old January 25th, 2006, 11:38 PM   #20
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North America: ESB
Europe: Swiss RE
Asia: Petronas
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