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Old November 24th, 2006, 11:05 AM   #1
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Do geographical settings enchance a skyline?

What do you think, do geographical settings enchance a skyline? Usually what makes a skyline attractive are the number of buildings, presentation, architecture and of course height. But what about geographical settings or it's natural surroundings? Are waterfront skylines more attractive to look at compared to landlocked ones? If not water, how about mountains? What if cities like HK, NY or Chicago were located in the middle of a large plain or a desert but still have their great collection of skyscrapers, would they still look attractive?
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Old November 24th, 2006, 09:07 PM   #2
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They certainly add a nice contrast I think. A good set of mountains in the background sorta shows how small somethings are when compared to nature. Waterfront shots like Chicago and NY are great but not the best.
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Old November 25th, 2006, 06:17 AM   #3
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Absolutely!

Also, in cases such as Seattle and Hong Kong, many of the buildings in back are at higher elevations. This means that buildings that aren't very tall can actually add quite a lot of depth.
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Old November 25th, 2006, 07:08 AM   #4
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The opposite for florida cities, the mostly flat terrain makes skylines very viewable.
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Old November 25th, 2006, 07:25 AM   #5
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Certain cities that may not have the highest buildings, or certain smaller cities with smaller downtown areas certainly benefit from their natural settings-especially with mountains and water. Good examples IMO in the US are Anchorage Alaska and Salt Lake City..and for a smaller city Boise Idaho.
Honolulu is another example. Ocean, skyline, lush green mountains and blue skies make a big statement.
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Old November 25th, 2006, 01:40 PM   #6
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No doubt about it, totally conditioned, for instance earthquakes...
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Old November 25th, 2006, 03:44 PM   #7
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What would you lot say to the topography of the city? Does this enhance the skyline? For example, here's a picture of San Francisco I took a year ago. Do the fact that the hills make buildings look taller or shorter than they really are enhance the skyline?

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Old November 25th, 2006, 04:07 PM   #8
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Waterfront skylines tend to look more attractive
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Old November 25th, 2006, 04:09 PM   #9
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What would you lot say to the topography of the city? Does this enhance the skyline? For example, here's a picture of San Francisco I took a year ago. Do the fact that the hills make buildings look taller or shorter than they really are enhance the skyline?

San Francisco's geography isn't too well emphasized from that vantage point. The hills are very steep but it looks a bit flattened in that picture.

It's a very nice picture though.
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Old November 26th, 2006, 12:40 AM   #10
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No doubt about it, totally conditioned, for instance earthquakes...
??????? not sure what you are getting at here?
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Old November 27th, 2006, 07:35 AM   #11
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Waterfront skylines tend to look more attractive
Actually my original idea for this thread is to create a poll if waterfront skylines are more attractive than landlocked ones.

Anyway, lets make Los Angeles as an example. Downtown LA is miles away from the coast but can still create a breathtaking skyline especially viewing it from the mountains.



In the case of HK and Seattle, both are waterfront skylines but HK's peaks are right behind the traditional skyline. Seattle's mountains are miles away from the city centre.

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Old November 27th, 2006, 07:40 AM   #12
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How about viewing SF's skyline from this vantage point?

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Old November 27th, 2006, 08:45 AM   #13
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the harbour enhances Sydney's skyline...
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Old November 27th, 2006, 08:48 AM   #14
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Absolutely!!!! I think having a water front to the city really enhances the skyline, especially if the city has embraced it rather than cutting itself off from such a wonderful Asset. Look at Sydney, its geographical setting is at least 50% of why it is one of the most photographic skylines in the world. Sydney is not the tallest skyline in Australia but it is the most impressive, Melbourne has had to work alot harder (and higher) to have such an awesome skyline. Even Perth, Brisbane and the Gold Coast owe their wonderful skylines to their locations.

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Definitely Yes !
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Old December 6th, 2006, 07:56 AM   #16
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How about viewing SF's skyline from this vantage point?

Go a little closer ... Coit Tower is perched on top of a hill with sweeping views of the city and the surrounding waters.
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Old December 6th, 2006, 06:34 PM   #17
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OF COURSE the topography helps!!! Period. The famous skylines speak for themselves!


Im just waiting for somebody to say no in this thread... I'll be deligthed to hear their explaination!!
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Old December 8th, 2006, 04:06 AM   #18
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topography for sure can add a special something to a skyline, making it better.
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Old December 8th, 2006, 05:12 AM   #19
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This is the reason for Cape Town being one of the world's most scenic cities.



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Old December 8th, 2006, 05:58 AM   #20
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not exactly waterfronts, but mountains put emphasis on a skyline.

cape town, san francisco, vancouver, they look unique for their mountainous topography, they also look more interesting at street level and not redundant.

they also create micro-climates and hilly places are almost always regarded as places where rich people reside.
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