Skyline


Skyline

A skyline is the overall or partial view of a city's tall buildings and structures consisting of many skyscrapers in front of the sky in the background. It can also be described as the artificial horizon that a city's overall structure creates. Skylines serve as a kind of fingerprint of a city, as no two skylines are alike. For this reason news and sports programs, television shows, and movies often display the skyline of a city to set location. The Sky Line of New York City was a new term in 1896, when it was the title of a color lithograph by Charles Graham for the color supplement of the New-York Journal.[1]

The skyline of Hong Kong

Paul D. Spreiregen, FAIA, has called a skyline "a physical representation [of a city's] facts of life ... a potential work of art ... its collective vista."[2]

In general, larger cities have broader and taller skylines, though lower density cities often have smaller skylines than expected for city size.[citation needed] Taller buildings are found where either land value or desire for visibility is higher, and the tallest buildings in a city are usually office buildings.[citation needed] Because of this, the skyline of a city can be seen as symbolic of the city's influence and economy.[citation needed]

See also

References

  1. ^ New York Public Library: "Moving Uptown": "When Charles Graham's view of New York was published, the new term used in the title, "sky line," caught on immediately."
  2. ^ Paul D. Spreiregen (1965). Urban Design: The Architecture of Towns and Cities. McGraw-Hill. http://books.google.com/books?id=6zYFAAAAMAAJ. 

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