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View Poll Results: Which city has a better skyline?
New York City 165 61.80%
Chicago 102 38.20%
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Old April 14th, 2009, 10:28 PM   #61
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Chicago's buildings have some breathing room around them so you can enjoy the architecture of each separately.
New York is so concentrated that we miss many architecturally important buildings.
Both cities are beautiful but only one is world class.
In your little opinion.
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Old April 14th, 2009, 10:37 PM   #62
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theres a fact that everyone needs to know, and thats Chicago is the Birth place of the skyscraper. not Ny. if it wasnt for Chicago there wouldnt be this argument
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New York for density, Chicago for architecture.
your right on the money
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Old April 14th, 2009, 11:15 PM   #63
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Anyone who suggests, Chicago is better for architecture is crazy. NY has been inundated with buildings by Nouvel, Gehry, Foster, etc. in recent years. Moreover, apart from modern buildings, NY has pre-WWII towers that no city could even begin to compare with.

Nevertheless, Chicago is nice in terms of skyscrapers, as is Shanghai, Dubai, Beijing, London, Paris, etc. It's a matter of preference I guess.

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Old April 14th, 2009, 11:23 PM   #64
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I don't like either to be honest, but I'll lend my vote to NYC for density.
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Old April 14th, 2009, 11:33 PM   #65
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NYC its the best skyline of the world
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Old April 14th, 2009, 11:56 PM   #66
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Anyone who suggests, Chicago is better for architecture is crazy. NY has been inundated with buildings by Nouvel, Gehry, Foster, etc. in recent years. Moreover, apart from modern buildings, NY has pre-WWII towers that no city could even begin to compare with.

Nevertheless, Chicago is nice in terms of skyscrapers, as is Shanghai, Dubai, Beijing, London, Paris, etc. It's a matter of preference I guess.
You are contradicting yourself.... if it is a matter of preference, why would someone be crazy to prefer Chicago skyline over NYC's based on belief that Chicago's skyline is more architecturally distinguished. There is no scientific way to measure quality of architecture, it is all subjective. However, vast majority of individuals recognized as experts in the field of architecture believe that Chicago is in the same league as NYC when it comes to quality of architecture. Some believe that Chicago has better architecture than NYC.

I really do not understand why this is so difficult to comprehend. I agree that NYC has more architecturally significant buildings than Chicago. However, just walk around Midtown Manhattan and looking up at the 90% of towers, most look bland and ordinary, just like they could be in Indianapolis or Pittsburgh. I am of the opinion that "regular" buildings in Chicago look more aesthetically pleasing than in NYC. However, it is the quantity and concentration of these otherwise ordinary buildings in NYC that create an urban environment unparalleled anywhere else in the US. That is the reason why I personally prefer NYC's skyline.
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Old April 15th, 2009, 12:45 AM   #67
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I don't like either to be honest, but I'll lend my vote to NYC for density.

Then you are in the same school as Le Corbusier, who believed strongly that the Architecture of Chicago and New York are wanting.

Nothing wrong with that. He had very strong arguments against what he called the "disturbing and yet so admirable" architecture of American Cities, particularly that of Chicago, which he considered an archetype. His experiences and reflections taken within the context of the architectural culture of Chicago in the 1930s have been intensively studied.



There is a BIG difference between Le Corbusier's contrarian viewpoint and the generally uninformed/uneducated opinion-mongering you see in a number of these posts.

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Old April 15th, 2009, 12:57 AM   #68
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chicago skyline is definately taller with the sears, trumph, aon towers and the john hankock center
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Old April 15th, 2009, 01:00 AM   #69
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Old April 15th, 2009, 01:05 AM   #70
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OMG! The second picture is amazing

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NYC its the best skyline of the world
I Don't think so The Hong Kong's Skyline is more dense, hight and beautiful
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Old April 15th, 2009, 01:08 AM   #71
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^ That is the one!!!! I've been looking for this particular angle at either dawn or dusk. Great find or is it yours?



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NYC and THE Chi make a good couple.
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Old April 15th, 2009, 01:14 AM   #72
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NYgirl, that's not my photo, I found it on Flickr, I can't remember the name of the user that took it.
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Old April 15th, 2009, 01:22 AM   #73
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NYgirl answer the darn question already, which do you think is better?
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Old April 15th, 2009, 01:28 AM   #74
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You are contradicting yourself.... if it is a matter of preference, why would someone be crazy to prefer Chicago skyline over NYC's based on belief that Chicago's skyline is more architecturally distinguished. There is no scientific way to measure quality of architecture, it is all subjective. However, vast majority of individuals recognized as experts in the field of architecture believe that Chicago is in the same league as NYC when it comes to quality of architecture. Some believe that Chicago has better architecture than NYC.

I really do not understand why this is so difficult to comprehend. I agree that NYC has more architecturally significant buildings than Chicago. However, just walk around Midtown Manhattan and looking up at the 90% of towers, most look bland and ordinary, just like they could be in Indianapolis or Pittsburgh. I am of the opinion that "regular" buildings in Chicago look more aesthetically pleasing than in NYC. However, it is the quantity and concentration of these otherwise ordinary buildings in NYC that create an urban environment unparalleled anywhere else in the US. That is the reason why I personally prefer NYC's skyline.

Most buildings in Chicago are boxes that could be anywhere.
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Old April 15th, 2009, 02:28 AM   #75
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That rule is stupid. Why can't there be city vs city discussions? Are we little babies who need to be protected from getting our little feelings hurt? Most of us are adults and should be able to have skyline versus skyline threads on a skyscraper forum.

So weird.
I love how you said this comment and yet you are the one who has an argument.


Anyways, seeing how this thread isn't going to be lock, I chose Chicago because although NYC does have a better skyline in terms of numbers and variety, I chose Chicago because the towers aren't so meshed together. You can easily see individual towers in Chicago whereas NYC is a sea of towers. Maybe it's just a little too overwhelming for me.
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Old April 15th, 2009, 02:39 AM   #76
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NYgirl answer the darn question already, which do you think is better?
I've been saying for years I prefer the skyline of Chicago. Chicago IS skyline perfection.
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Some photos I've been collecting for months for another thread on the site

The Big Apple & The city of big shoulders

First a little song to go along with these flicks that expresses just how I feel about each as compared to....the rest of the globe





- Pedromanuelmanuel


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-Docearls




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-John Niedermeyer


- Melissa Walter




[IMG]http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d119/***************/Chicago%20Photos/Chicago.jpg?t=1227436989[/IMG]
-Chicagostyle






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image hosted on flickr




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-Scottnj





-Diego Cupolo
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Old April 15th, 2009, 07:20 AM   #78
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Chicago is known for giving birth to architectural movements and the home of 'architectural greats' Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan so architects go gaga over Chicago. otoh, I view this as more of preference for city planning and the overall picture instead of individual architecture. Ny wins, imo.

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Old April 15th, 2009, 07:48 AM   #79
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NY has a better one

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Old April 15th, 2009, 08:00 AM   #80
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Nyc Has two skylines in manhattan...depending which one you choose, it may be better or not than chicago...

I like the Midtown one all the way up to 96 st....which i consider better than chicagos one!
The financial district one is nice but kinda messy..
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