Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Skyline Ranking...

Chicagoans have always boasted that we have a glorious skyline. Now we've been justified, at least by Emporis.com which tracks the construction of buildings all over the world.

The site has made a list of the 100 most impressive skylines of the world as ranked by what they call their "visual impact".

Chicago is number 5 on the list, behind Seoul, Singapore, NYC and Hong Kong.

But wait, the list "is drawn entirely from statistics" in the Emporis database, based on a formula where each building in its respective city is "assigned points based on its floor count".

In other words the more big buildings you have, the higher the rank.

What I did find surprising in all this is that out of the top 10 cities in the list, Chicago is by far the smallest both in area and population, implying that more people are living and working vertically here than anywhere else in the world.

I wouldn't have guessed that.

As for the most beautiful skyline, something this list never presumed to take into account, for my money I'd pick Prague, which didn't make the top 100.

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