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Old September 3rd, 2007, 03:12 PM   #2961
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Here's the view of an old flat city, 19th century designed, with only one skyscraper (210m high ).



Ah yes, it's very different from NY, chicago or Shanghai isn't it?
Thats the Tour Montparnasse (did i spell it right?). It is the only modern highrise that was built in downtown Paris. After it was built, the city hall and the National Government got lots of complaints from Parisians, artists and foreign investors telling them not to build another tower in the surrounding area because its destroying Paris and its classical femininity. They finally made an agreement to build modern towers in one particular area which is the La Defense.
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Old September 3rd, 2007, 03:22 PM   #2962
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Ah Paris, could it be that you, skymyhusband are a true Parisien ?
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Old September 3rd, 2007, 04:13 PM   #2963
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@Gaeus: You spelled it right

@M-Life: Nope, born & living 300km away from Paris

"Paris! Tour Eiffel, Moulin Rouge, Mademoiselle" But no skyscrapers (except Le Defense as Gaeus said).
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Old September 3rd, 2007, 04:17 PM   #2964
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flickr, august 30th by 2 dogs

Impressive angle.

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Old September 3rd, 2007, 07:44 PM   #2965
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Old September 3rd, 2007, 09:13 PM   #2966
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The future? More like a pastiche of all the 1984 cliches. With the exception of several of the more prominent buildings in Pudong, Shanghai (and really the "People's Republic" as a whole, of course excluding the actual supertalls [e.g. Hong Kong!!]) lacks character in its architecture. They just throw up commie block after commie block. It's really a depressing sight to see -- really in stark contrast to the creative and brilliant design of almost every single building constructed in places like downtown Dubai, or downtown Chicago. And even outside their downtowns the buildings are still respectable.
Good God, you put Dubai and Chicago in the same sentence. I was just about to agree with everything else you wrote.
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Old September 3rd, 2007, 09:42 PM   #2967
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shanghai's skyline proves the success of china's reformation.
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Old September 4th, 2007, 04:32 AM   #2968
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that guy has change the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnKBhz_zsVM

the real need for speed in shanghai.

small part of shanghai
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Old September 4th, 2007, 06:47 AM   #2969
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The future? More like a pastiche of all the 1984 cliches. With the exception of several of the more prominent buildings in Pudong, Shanghai (and really the "People's Republic" as a whole, of course excluding the actual supertalls [e.g. Hong Kong!!]) lacks character in its architecture. They just throw up commie block after commie block. It's really a depressing sight to see -- really in stark contrast to the creative and brilliant design of almost every single building constructed in places like downtown Dubai, or downtown Chicago. And even outside their downtowns the buildings are still respectable.
I'm guessing you've never even been to Shanghai, considering how ill-informed the above comment is (even by SSC standards). The city isn't nick-named a "museum of world architecture" based on its rows of "commie blocks" which you claim dominate its urban topography. In fact there are countless examples of amazing, diverse, well-preserved buildings from throughout the ages all over the city, the numbers of which far surpass those of the so-called "commie-blocks" or drab residential high-rises. Obviously there is also a lot of garbage here, I won't deny that, but what city doesn't have more than its fair share of architectural duds (Chicago and Dubai included)?
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Old September 4th, 2007, 07:27 AM   #2970
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TODAY SWFC HAS OFFICIALLY TOPPED OUT!!!!!!!
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Old September 4th, 2007, 07:29 AM   #2971
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everyone celebrate lol
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Old September 4th, 2007, 07:34 AM   #2972
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^Too bad nobody can actually see it, being buried under an endless sea of heavy storm clouds...
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Old September 4th, 2007, 07:35 AM   #2973
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haha...yeah..today is not such a great day.

but the top out has been officially conformed and published online by several new authorities !
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Old September 4th, 2007, 08:00 AM   #2974
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I think it's cool that a tower could be so tall that really scrapes the sky being covered by the bottom of storm clouds.
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Old September 4th, 2007, 08:44 AM   #2975
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They just needed to install a single pole to reach 492m

Anyway, the top of the building is invisible since yesterday And the last few days weather was too bad, so no pics on flickr
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Old September 4th, 2007, 08:48 AM   #2976
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They just needed to install a single pole to reach 492m

Anyway, the top of the building is invisible since yesterday And the last few days weather was too bad, so no pics on flickr
lol? its already topped out..
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Old September 4th, 2007, 08:53 AM   #2977
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Yes: "they just needed to install a single pole..."
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Old September 4th, 2007, 08:54 AM   #2978
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The future? More like a pastiche of all the 1984 cliches. With the exception of several of the more prominent buildings in Pudong, Shanghai (and really the "People's Republic" as a whole, of course excluding the actual supertalls [e.g. Hong Kong!!]) lacks character in its architecture. They just throw up commie block after commie block. It's really a depressing sight to see -- really in stark contrast to the creative and brilliant design of almost every single building constructed in places like downtown Dubai, or downtown Chicago. And even outside their downtowns the buildings are still respectable.
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Not nearly as unnecessary as yours.
Every statement deserves context. That's what I was trying to provide. Also being from Shanghai I would imagine you're at least somewhat biased. Not that I can blame you, and I presume you grew up in the PRC from birth?

Don't get me wrong -- I LOVE this building! But Shanghai as a whole just makes me hang my head in sorrow for all the wasted potential. An entire skyline that could have looked absolutely dynamite in the hands of a free market has instead evolved into but a few small pockets of gems mixed in with, quite frankly, a bunch of crap!
Hong Kong is in the hands of the free market.

The 'commie blocks' are to do with practically and profit - if a developer spent millions, or even billions, glossing up (in many cases) 20-60 towers, people would still complain that they all "looked the same" (think suburban American), whilst they wouldn't actually drive property prices up high enough to justify spending that amount making them look "good".

Making each tower block look different from the next one is impractical, and would also look very poor.

That, at least, is Hong Kong's case.
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Old September 4th, 2007, 09:26 AM   #2979
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Yes: "they just needed to install a single pole..."
huh? i still dont get it :p

wats that single pole?
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Old September 4th, 2007, 09:47 AM   #2980
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lol ...too much cloud

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