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Old Posted Jan 11, 2012, 6:35 AM
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Emporis List of Cities with the most skyscrapers

This list seems inaccurate to me. . . what about you?

What is the criteria?

Shanghai and lots of Asian cities seem to have skyscrapers throughout all neighborhoods, whereas, Chicago (my town), for example, only has shoreline skyscrapers represented.

Please inform me if I am mistaken. . .

This list showcases the cities with the most skyscrapers.

# City Number of skyscrapers from Emporis
1 Hong Kong 1,221
2 New York City 563
3 Tokyo 344
4 Chicago 282
5 Dubai 231
6 Shanghai 227
7 Toronto 152
8 Singapore 125
9 Bangkok 111
10 Seoul 110
11 Guangzhou 108
12 Osaka 102
13 Sydney 101
14 Moscow 89
15 Miami 79
16 Houston 78
17 Mexico City 77
18 Shenzhen 76
19 Kuala Lumpur 76
20 Beijing 73
21 Melbourne 69
22 San Francisco 68
23 São Paulo 63
24 Chongqing 61
25 Mumbai 59
26 Honolulu 59
27 Istanbul 58
28 Panama City 58
29 Atlanta 56
30 Los Angeles 55
31 Rio de Janeiro 53
32 Las Vegas 51
33 Calgary 49
34 Philadelphia 49
35 Brisbane 49
36 Vancouver 47
37 Boston 46
38 Jakarta 45
39 Dallas 40
40 Busan 40
41 Gold Coast City 40
42 Seattle 39
43 Kaohsiung 38
44 Makati 37
45 Tianjin 37
46 Nanjing 36
47 Tel Aviv - Yaffo 36
48 London 36
49 Buenos Aires 34
50 Caracas 33
51 Denver 32
52 Kobe 31
53 Yokohama 31
54 Ankara 30
55 Montréal 30
56 Macao 29
57 Cairo 29
58 Frankfurt am Main 28
59 San Diego 28
60 Paris 27
61 Detroit 26
62 Minneapolis 26
63 Benidorm 25
64 Pittsburgh 25
65 Doha 24
66 Abu Dhabi 23
67 Recife 23
68 Dalian 21
69 Incheon 20
70 Courbevoie 20
71 Sharjah 19
72 New Orleans 19
73 Baltimore 18
74 Durban 18
75 Mississauga 17
76 Chiba 17
77 Phoenix 17
78 Rotterdam 17
79 Charlotte 16
80 Ho Chi Minh City 16
81 Jersey City 16
82 Qingdao 16
83 Chengdu 15
84 Warsaw 15
85 Puteaux 15
86 Miami Beach 15
87 Brussels 15
88 Nagoya 15
89 Sunny Isles Beach 15
90 Wuhan 14
91 Columbus 14
92 Edmonton 14
93 Cleveland 14
94 Cincinnati 13
95 Auckland 13
96 Madrid 13
97 Perth 12
98 Changsha 12
99 Kansas City 12
100 Bogotá 12
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Old Posted Jan 11, 2012, 6:45 AM
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That looks fairly accurate.

Shanghai and most Asian cities have lots of highrises because people don't live in the suburbs like in the USA, however in terms of full on skyscrapers, few still compete with Chicago or NYC.
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Old Posted Jan 11, 2012, 6:47 AM
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define 'skyscraper'...
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Old Posted Jan 11, 2012, 6:51 AM
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^I was thinking the same thing. Depending on one's definition or criteria -- I cannot imagine that a place like Vancouver for example has less than some of the cities above it.
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Old Posted Jan 11, 2012, 7:01 AM
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looking at the numbers I am guessing they are using a 100 meter cut off. Vancouver has many, many towers in the 70 to 100 meter range, but makes sense we only have 47 above 100 meters
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Old Posted Jan 11, 2012, 10:19 AM
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Nobody could honestly look at a photo of Shanghai and say there are only 227(!) skyscrapers here.
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Old Posted Jan 11, 2012, 1:45 PM
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As most of time for Paris they only took the city proper. It wouldn't be problem if Paris was not only 40 sq mi with many dense urban suburbs around.
In this list there is three area in the dense core of Paris, Paris=27, Courbevoie=20 and Puteaux=15, this made at least a total of 62. (For those who don't know la Défense is located in Puteaux and Courbevoie).
There are also sereval +100m tower along the peripherique (inner Paris beltway)
Puteaux and Courbevoie are dense urban inner suburbs.

Emporis don't seem to be as much regulary updated as it was on the past.
I don't see many people using it as a reference anymore.

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Old Posted Jan 11, 2012, 2:16 PM
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Nobody could honestly look at a photo of Shanghai and say there are only 227(!) skyscrapers here.
It depends on the definition of skyscraper - for example, Chicago has over 1,000 buildings over 12 stories listed on Emporis, but this list only shows a fraction of that so it's obviously using a different criteria.

However, you're also right to point out that like it or not Emporis is pretty English-oriented, even when it tries not to be, so I have absolutely no doubt that there are many hundreds, probably thousands of buildings in Asian cities that would be documented if they were in the U.S. but have simply not been reported because there isn't readily-available info about them in English and not enough bilingual skyscraper fans to translate and fill in the data.
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Old Posted Jan 11, 2012, 2:21 PM
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Emporis don't seem to be as much regulary updated as it was on the past.
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I used to be a photo contributor there, but it got to be so slow and annoying to use, and the constant "tweaking" they did made it impossible to find features at times because buttons would move or disappear, so eventually I just gave up (despite the fact I made about $400 from it by selling photos of buildings in China). It became corporate-owned, so it lost the spirit of community, but continued to be designed and implemented like some sort of non-profit community project, so it was just the worst of both worlds from this contributor's standpoint.

I think it is still used by companies who can pay for info about buildings or aggregate information about western cities, but as far as being a more general resource for fans I don't think it's anywhere near as useful, fun or even accurate as it once was.
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Judging by Miami's number it looks like those are buildings over 400 feet or 350 feet or something like that.
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The list doesn't look that terrible to me. Some of the relative numbers sound way off, but the relative ranking isn't awful, assuming we're only talking the very tallest buildings (say 400+ ft.).

But keep in mind that Emporis is NOT a comprehensive resource for skyscrapers. They just have local folks collect lists.

There is no such thing as a comprehensive list of skyscrapers. Even in cities where you would expect they would be on top of things, they are missing a ton of buildings.
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Old Posted Jan 11, 2012, 5:08 PM
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Emporis quizzed me about my company's buildings once. It was absurdly inaccurate. I replied with a bunch of corrections, and it's good that they asked, but holy cow it was bad.
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Old Posted Jan 11, 2012, 5:22 PM
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Nothing but a pack of lies. There is a vast conspiracy by those folks at Emporis, to piss-off homers. Seriously, everybody knows that Emporis Lists are incomplete, particularly for China.
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Old Posted Jan 11, 2012, 6:17 PM
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A highrise is a building at least 35 (115 feet) meters tall.

A Skyscraper is a building at least 100 (328 feet) meters tall.

A Supertall skyscraper is a building at least 300 (984 feet) meters tall.

I think it would be fair to include all three categories, since the term "Skyscraper" originated in the 19th century and was applied to any building over 10 stories.
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Old Posted Jan 11, 2012, 8:18 PM
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These terms are entirely subjective. Therefore, to use them to create a list, you certainly need to put that occasion's criteria front and center.
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again this list seems to only include towers over 100 meters, so many cities, like Osaka, Tokyo, even Vancouver have many, many towers between 50 and 100 meters that will not make this list.

And yes, it does appear to be for only the cities proper, not their metro areas.
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Old Posted Jan 12, 2012, 6:28 PM
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A highrise is a building at least 35 (115 feet) meters tall.

A Skyscraper is a building at least 100 (328 feet) meters tall.

A Supertall skyscraper is a building at least 300 (984 feet) meters tall.

I think it would be fair to include all three categories, since the term "Skyscraper" originated in the 19th century and was applied to any building over 10 stories.

Same discussion for the hundredth time. Artificial definitions, one and all.
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Uh... how do they figure that there's more skyscrapers in SF than Sao Paulo? Are they excluding residential skyscrapers?
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Uh... how do they figure that there's more skyscrapers in SF than Sao Paulo? Are they excluding residential skyscrapers?
Sao Paulo's tallest building is only 170 m. Its high-rises are fairly small, though it probably has more than 63 over 100 m (in which case, the number is the result of poor reporting of high-rise data).
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Sao Paulo's tallest building is only 170 m. Its high-rises are fairly small, though it probably has more than 63 over 100 m (in which case, the number is the result of poor reporting of high-rise data).
This is Sao Paulo:



http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_-ZkuKWKlsu...aulo_copan.jpg

There's more than 63 skyscrapers just in that picture.
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