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Old 02-22-2010, 10:40 PM
 
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Chicago has an awesome flat traditional style skyline, one of the best in the world.

But then SF has a number of things such as bridges, towering hills, tip of a peninsula, and the fact that we can do fun things like thread the needle with world famous icons, one can make a case for SF:

Flickr Photo Download: Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco (http://www.flickr.com/photos/arka002/4212548996/sizes/o/ - broken link)

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Old 02-22-2010, 10:55 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Not even close, Chicago's skyline is much more impressive overall. I personally put it ahead of NYC and the best in North America.
 
Old 02-22-2010, 11:38 PM
 
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SF is more scenic, but Chicago has the better skyline. Not even close. Chicago is the 2nd biggest skyline in the US, SF is either 5th or 6th after Atlanta, Philly, and perhaps Seattle, (topic of another heated thread debate)...
 
Old 02-22-2010, 11:43 PM
 
Location: Greater Houston
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Depends on what your definition of skyline is: office buildings or natural landscape.
 
Old 02-23-2010, 10:13 AM
 
Location: USA
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Just released. Aqua was a product of Chicago's latest building boom. The city really does have a ton of room expand. Would love to see what the skyline looks like in 20 years.

More praise for Aqua: Global building database selects it as 2009's top skyscraper

Chicago architect Jeanne Gang's Aqua skyscraper continues to reap high praise.

Emporis, the global building database, on Tuesday will name the residential and hotel tower, located in the 200 block of North Columbus Drive and best known for its spectacularly undulating balconies, its 2009 skyscraper of the year.

"Members of the jury praised Aqua for its fascinating shape, whose appearance changes dramatically depending on the perspective. It was also cited as a brilliant technical achievement for the precision of its construction, and lauded as an application of green design innovations to an extremely large building project," Emporis said in a news release.

The honor, known as the Emporis Skyscraper Award, has been given since 2000 and recognizes excellence in aesthetic and functional design.

It has previously gone to such high-rises as Lord Norman Foster's Hearst Tower in New York City and Santiago Calatrava's Turning Torso Tower in Malmo, Sweden.

This marks the first time that the prize, which is given annually to a building at least 100 meters tall that was completed within the award year, has gone to a Chicago skyscraper.

Chicago's Trump International Hotel & Tower, designed by Chicago architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and former SOM partner Adrian Smith, finished fifth in the jury's voting, with 36 points compared to Aqua's 86.

The second prize winner was the O-14 high-rise in Dubai, whose perforated exterior provides a unique shield against the desert sun. (The building was not occupied when I attempted to see it in Dubai last month.)

Emporis editors from 67 countries make nominations for the prize and select the winners. Here are the jury's top results:


Top 10 Skyscrapers of 2009

(rank / building / city / country / points)
1. Aqua, Chicago U.S.A.. 86
2. O-14 Dubai U.A.E., 61
3. The Met, Bangkok Thailand, 43
4. Torres de Hércules, Los Barrios Spain, 38
5. Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chicago U.S.A., 36
6. The Red Apple, Rotterdam Netherlands, 34
7. Bank of America Tower, New York City U.S.A.. 32
8. Almas Tower, Dubai U.A.E., 16
9. Millennium Tower, San Francisco U.S.A., 13
10. William Beaver House, New York City U.S.A.,
 
Old 02-23-2010, 11:23 AM
 
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As a SF native, I will certainly admit that Chicago has a far more impressive skyline - second in the country after NYC. I think SF is no slouch, however, I'd definitely put it in the top 5.

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Originally Posted by coldwine View Post
San Francisco is not an attractive city. It has an interesting variation of natural scenery around it. But if you were to walk through the streets and neighborhoods, you see how generic most of it looks. As someone else said, no one remembers what San Francisco looks like. The buildings are surprisingly dumpy. The Pacific Northwest itself is a surprisingly... dumpy place. Yes, nature, OK, nature. Fine. But the buildings? The neighborhoods? The overwhelming majority are not attractive. They look run down and just... very unattractive.

And if you don't believe me, take a gander through Google Streetview sometime.
I have to call you out on that. San Francisco's street level architecture is amazing... if you call old victorian architecture "dumpy" and "run down" than you clearly don't appreciate historic architecture. San Francisco has a great collection of it. Most are well maintained too, because they are people's personal residences.
 
Old 02-23-2010, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Honestly,Chicago,the perfect blend of old and new IMO and the height can make SF see underwhelming at times,but since I'm a homer and I can list more pros than cons for both I'm gonna say tie

The one spire to the right,not sure of the name has to be one of my favorites.
It's called Two Prudential.

And while I appreciate the San Francisco posters saying things like "It's closer than you think!" & "Well you could make a case...", just...no. Not even close. There is no argument for San Francisco whatsoever. And that's not to say SF's skyline is bad...because it's one of the best in the country...but the gap between NY/Chicago and the rest of the pack is gigantic.

Thanks (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24894289@N08/4365662748/sizes/l/ - broken link)


Thanks (http://www.flickr.com/photos/shutterrunner/4329010303/sizes/l/ - broken link)

Thanks (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cshimala/4356413418/sizes/l/ - broken link)


Did someone say SF's skyline may be denser than Chicago's earlier?

Thanks (http://www.flickr.com/photos/iamhydrogen/4336370782/sizes/o/ - broken link)


Wow ur purty (http://www.flickr.com/photos/iamhydrogen/3914645364/sizes/o/ - broken link)


From Lincoln Park (http://www.flickr.com/photos/iamhydrogen/3714044391/sizes/o/ - broken link)


Chicago's skyline is dreamy
 
Old 02-23-2010, 01:17 PM
 
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It's called Two Prudential.

And while I appreciate the San Francisco posters saying things like "It's closer than you think!" & "Well you could make a case...", just...no. Not even close. There is no argument for San Francisco whatsoever. And that's not to say SF's skyline is bad...because it's one of the best in the country...but the gap between NY/Chicago and the rest of the pack is gigantic.

Thanks (http://www.flickr.com/photos/24894289@N08/4365662748/sizes/l/ - broken link)


Thanks (http://www.flickr.com/photos/shutterrunner/4329010303/sizes/l/ - broken link)

Thanks (http://www.flickr.com/photos/cshimala/4356413418/sizes/l/ - broken link)


Did someone say SF's skyline may be denser than Chicago's earlier?

Thanks (http://www.flickr.com/photos/iamhydrogen/4336370782/sizes/o/ - broken link)


Wow ur purty (http://www.flickr.com/photos/iamhydrogen/3914645364/sizes/o/ - broken link)


From Lincoln Park (http://www.flickr.com/photos/iamhydrogen/3714044391/sizes/o/ - broken link)


Chicago's skyline is dreamy
Ah,thanks I love it. And I agree Chicago is leagues ahead in it's #2 spot or in some peoples eyes the number 1 spot. That's why it's always the 3rd and 4th best skylines that are up for debate. I can definitely see some people preferring SF,even I had to say tied but it isn't close.
 
Old 02-23-2010, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Personally, I don't even think they're in the same league. Chicago is in a whole different tier then SF. SF has impressive density, but I don't really love its architecture (mostly because I prefer modern architecture). Chicago easily beats it, not because SF's skyline is bad. But it's not even close to being a fair fight.
 
Old 02-23-2010, 01:48 PM
 
Location: USA
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Great pics TMac!

Chicago's skyline is breathtaking. It's massive, dense, and it just seems to tower over the city no matter where your at in Chicago. Some of the views that you get while in downtown are the best urban displays in the country.

You should've included some pics of the South Loop developments and the Museum Park area.
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