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Old 07-31-2009, 04:59 PM
 
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Seems like a few people are obsessed with skylines. But at the end of the day what has the skyline done to improve your quality of life?
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Old 07-31-2009, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Greater PDX
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Bragging rights.

It's called an "edifice complex."
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Old 07-31-2009, 05:36 PM
 
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That's a good question. It shows ignorance of tried and true urban design principles?
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Old 07-31-2009, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Land of 10000 Lakes +
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If you can in Long Island City on a nice summer night on a bench on the pier looking at the NYC skyline with the buildings across the East River all lit up and the Empire State Bldg change colors, it can be a lovely way to spend a hour or so.
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Old 07-31-2009, 05:40 PM
 
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Bragging rights.

It's called an "edifice complex."
Pretty much.
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Old 07-31-2009, 05:42 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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When one is to look at a skyline they look at buildings that offer homes, jobs, and medical facilities.

I'm sure most people don't look at it that way, but there's a purpose inside each skyline that improves quality of life for many.

It's almost as silly if you said what's the purpose of mountains/shores/forest/hills etc.. It all has a purpose whether it's creating oxygen, or supplying the resources we take into our skylines.
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:21 PM
 
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Seems like a few people are obsessed with skylines. But at the end of the day what has the skyline done to improve your quality of life?
I look at the more recent cities which are jumping on the "skyline" bandwagon and it's places like Dubai, Jeddah, and virtually every major city in China. Are you telling me the quality of life in a backwards civilization is enhanced by the presence of 1500-foot skyscrapers?
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Oil Capital of America
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The skyline is a barometer of a city's health. Tall new buildings indicate a healthy city. Many tall but old buildings indicate a city past its prime. A low skyline indicates a weak or secondary economy. etc.
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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Tall landmarks are good for navigation.
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Old 07-12-2013, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Skylines represent power & money.

Generally speaking the taller the skyline the wealthier the city.
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