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Old May 11th, 2019, 09:05 PM   #1
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Worst "Best" Skylines

I've noticed that there are many posts on this thread, which is currently the most prominent "best skylines" thread on SkyscraperCity, that show a whole bunch of bland, look-alike photos of cities with bland, look-alike buildings like Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, etc. I'm not saying that these skylines are bad, I've just noticed that the majority of posts showing these cities tend to be quite boring.

So, this thread is for posting cities that are considered "best" by many, but that you personally could care less for.

I'll start off with Jakarta.


Jakarta Afternoon by Abdul Azis, on Flickr

Most photos of Jakarta that I've seen show a bunch of box-shaped skyscrapers, with maybe one interesting skyscraper (i.e. Wisma 46).
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Old May 11th, 2019, 09:19 PM   #2
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American will think all their cities r the best..Other r worst or can't compare to America especially Asian cities..For me I also can say Chicago don't have any iconic tower , a so boring city..
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Downtown Houston Skyline 03272019 - Near Northside by Mabry Campbell, on Flickr

You know, I think I've just decided on my 3rd (2nd?) favorite skyline in the United States!
Haha this kind of quatity & height building how can beat Jakarta , Manila , Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur?
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Haha this kind of quatity & height building how can beat Jakarta , Manila , Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur?
Quantity and height aren't everything in a skyline. Look at the unique architectural value of the Bank of America Center, the Wells Fargo Plaza, and how all of the different architectural styles complement each other. I don't see much more than bland white boxes in Jakarta and Manila with one or two interesting buildings poking out of the misery.

Plus, that picture was posted in the thread for North American skylines. I wouldn't post Houston in the World's Best Skylines thread any day.
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American will think all their cities r the best..Other r worst or can't compare to America especially Asian cities..For me I also can say Chicago don't have any iconic tower , a so boring city..
Ummm . . .


Willis (Sears) Tower, Chicago by globetrekimages, on Flickr


John Hancock Center by Vlasta Juricek, on Flickr


Tribune Tower by Wei Ping Teoh, on Flickr

Your comment has made me prouder than ever to see the American flag flying on top of that beautiful building.

Also, I never said anything about American skylines being better, or about Asian skylines being bad. Just sayin'.
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In my first post, I actually chose a pretty good picture of Jakarta. A typical picture of Jakarta that I've seen is more like this.


Jakarta haze by Rebecca Johnson, on Flickr

You can tell why this would get old.
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American will think all their cities r the best..Other r worst or can't compare to America especially Asian cities..For me I also can say Chicago don't have any iconic tower , a so boring city..
It's not a bias against cities in other countries. It's just that those cities lack the diverse landscape with gems from every style & period dating back to the origin of skyscrapers that New York and Chicago offer. Hyper-dense seas of repetitive structures juxtaposed against freakishly out-of-scale glassy mega-talls isn't a truly dynamic urban setting to most Americans. Design, scale, organization, history, balance and diversity/contrast are all critical values for a skyline's impact. Americans don't relate to Dubai's endless stretch of super-talls or commie blocks as far as the eye can see.

Miami has the third most skyscrapers in the U.S. and it's rarely talked about as being a great skyscraper city because it's a sea of similar buildings that blend together and creates a boring landscape. If Miami's skyline tripled in size and added a few mega-talls you'd have your typical Asian megalopolis and it would still rank lower than New York or Chicago in the eyes of most Americans.
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This thread is not contributing anything positive to the discussion of skylines, architecture, and skyscraper culture. I can see a flame war looming.
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