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Old Posted Sep 27, 2011, 4:08 PM
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The Top 25 World's Best Urban Cities Skylines

The World's Best Skylines has finally been updated, mathematically ranking the world's best skylines.

Full list of 200+ skylines!
http://homepages.ipact.nl/~egram/skylines.html

What are the rules?
This list is an attempt to rank the impressiveness of city skylines. The score of a city is equal to the sum of all building heights (structural height, in m) after substraction of the minimum of 90m/295ft for each building. Freestanding towers (not skyscrapres) count for half their height. Only completed and topped-out buildings are included.
http://homepages.ipact.nl/~egram/details.html

Below are the top 25 World Skylines according to the website:

(names of people cited for images are from skyscrapercity.com)

1
Hong Kong
China
87,128 pts
3054 buildings (90 m and taller)
484 m/1,588 ft International Commerce Centre (Tallest building)

Source : http://www.flickr.com/people/kmdd/


2
New York (inc Jersey City, Fort Lee, Guttenburg, W New York)
USA
36,915 pts
885 buildings (90 m and taller)
UC541 m/ 1,776 ft One World Trade Center (Tallest building)
midtown manhattan at night, nyc by andrew c mace, on Flickr


3
Shanghai
China
21,822 pts
785 buildings (90 m and taller)
492 m/ 1,614 ft Shanghai World Financial Center (Tallest building)
Pudong skyline by Lowcola, on Flickr


4
Tokyo (inc Kawaguchi, Kawasaki, Ichikawa)
Japan
21,453 pts
666 buildings (90 m and taller)
248 m/ 813 ft Mid Town Tower (Tallest building)
pic by castermaild55


5
Dubai
UAE
21,018 pts
332 (90 m and taller)
828 m/ 2,717 ft Burj Khalifa (Tallest building)
Dubai Skyline by tioguerra, on Flickr


6
Chicago
USA
16,831 pts
349 buildings (90 m and taller)
442 m/ 1,451 ft Willis Tower (Tallest building)
same picture different day by jedimind0421, on Flickr


7
Bangkok
Thailand
15,072 pts
478 buildings (90 m and taller)
304 m/ 997 ft Baiyoke Tower II (Tallest building)
Bangkok by JulioGonzalez1 July 10, 2011 in Si Lom, Bang Rak


8
Guangzhou
China
15,002 pts
399 (90 m and taller)
440 m/ 1,444 ft Guangzhou International Finance Center (Tallest building)
posted by General Huo


9
Shenzhen
China
11,694 pts
290 (90 m and taller)
442 m/ 1,449 ft Kingkey 100 (Tallest building)
by the spliff fairy


10
Chongqing
China
10,536 pts
371 (90 m and taller)
UC287 m/ 941 ft Chongqing Poly Tower (Tallest building)
posted by feipeng8865 @ Gaoloumi, Photos by Macy.Gray


11
Singapore
Singapore
9,599 pts
365 buildings (90 m and taller)
280 m/ 919 ft Republic Plaza (Tallest building)
Singapore Skyline Jun 2011 8 by Roberto Rocco, on Flickr


12
Seoul
South Korea
9,490 pts
304 buildings (90 m and taller)
264 m/ 865 ft Tower Palace Three, Tower G (Tallest building)
posted by KAZAN RESIDENT


13
Kuala Lumpur (inc Petaling Jaya, Subang Jaya)
Malaysia
8,748 pts
247 buildings (90 m and taller)
452 m/ 1,483 ft Petronas Tower 1 (Tallest building)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/1c1p1s/5758131137/


14
Metro Manila
Philippines
7,825 pts
202 (90 m and taller)
UC302 m/ 991 ft Gramercy Residences (Tallest building)
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/48970948


15
Panama City
Panama
7,343 pts
185 (90 m and taller)
284 m/ 932 ft Trump Ocean Club International Hotel & Tower (Tallest building)
By Panasky


16
Jakarta
Indonesia
7,159 pts
198 (90 m and taller)
262 m/ 859 ft Wisma 46 (Tallest building)
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4078/...04b5f8f7_b.jpg


17
Toronto( inc Mississauga)
Canada
7,031 pts
251 buildings (90 m and taller)
298 m/ 978 ft First Bank Tower (Tallest building)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rself/5...n/photostream/


18
Beijing
China
5,882 pts
251 buildings (90 m and taller)
330 m/ 1,083 ft China World Trade Center Tower 3 (Tallest building)
By 黑水 from a Chinese photography forum


19
Osaka (inc. Sakai, Amagasaka)
Japan
5,753 pts
157 buildings (90 m and taller)
256 m/ 840 ft Osaka World Trade Center(Tallest building)
Posted by Mdaf


20
Nanjing
China
5,657 pts
113 buildings (90 m and taller)
450 m/ 1,476 ft Nanjing Greenland Financial Center (Tallest building)
台城上看南京市街 by 温克劳德, on Flickr


21
Moscow
Russia
5,259 pts
177 buildings (90 m and taller)
302 m/ 990 ft Moscow, City of Capitals (Tallest building)
Moscow skyline by BrunsE13, on Flickr


22
Busan
South Korea
5,154 pts
89 buildings (90 m and taller)
UC301 m/ 988 ft Doosan Haeundae We've the Zenith Tower A (Tallest building)
picture by 南韓國의 首都


23
Miami (inc Miami Beach)
USA
4,991 pts
111 buildings (90 m and taller)
240 m/ 789 ft Four Seasons Hotel & Tower (Tallest building)
20090419-150129-6626 by Miami.FlyMe, on Flickr


24
Houston (inc Pasadena)
USA
4,983 pts
117 buildings (90 m and taller)
305 m/ 1,002 ft JPMorganChase Tower (Tallest building)
image hosted on flickr


25
Sydney (inc. N. Sydney)
Australia
4,899 pts
142 buildings (90 m and taller)
244 m/ 801 ft Chifley Tower (Tallest building)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lenslenswork/5223122033/


Additional cities on
http://homepages.ipact.nl/~egram/skylines.html
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Old Posted Dec 7, 2011, 12:01 AM
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Great thread, thanks. Honk Kong, NY & Chicago are my top 3. China's on a roll.

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toronto seems low, I guess
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Interesting approach, but I think you forgot to give points for aesthetics.
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Wheres Vancouver?
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toronto seems low, I guess
Not to mention they chose a really unflattering image of Toronto's skyline.

These are better representations of Toronto (all by SSP's own FLAR)









http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=194913
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Wheres Vancouver?
Vancouver is 62nd. This ranking system is based entirely on mathematics, to give an actual picture of which cities have the tallest/largest overall skylines. Only 90 meter+ buildings are counted, and the first 90 meters of each building are not counted towards the overall score (for instance, a 107 meter building would add 17 points to the score).

Vancouver fails in a poll like this, because despite looking large in pictures, all of its buildings are quite short in general. They look taller due to the higher floor counts of residentials, but really don't measure up on the world scale.

For Toronto, it has nothing to do with the images they chose of the skyline. Toronto is affected by having the CN Tower only count for half its height, and also because so much of its skyline is still under construction. I would say watch for Toronto to move up in the coming years, but there isn't a single city above it that doesn't have its own boom going on (same for the next 5 cities below it) so it probably won't move up as much as many of you would expect.

While I believe this is an excellent measuring system for pitting skylines against each other, it does fail in 2 ways. The first is in aesthetics, since it is only based on height and doesn't factor in the design, and the second is in density/composition. A city with multiple far flung skylines will have them all count together, while a city with a larger core won't get extra points for having all its buildings in the same area.

Still, I don't think you will find a much better system out there for measuring skylines. It's tough to argue against mathematics.
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Wheres Vancouver?
In Canada! (sorry, I couldn't resist)
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China is killing it! And of course the US is holding its own pretty well still.
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Vegas #41 best urban skyline, great list!
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why isn't Munich number one?
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