Wednesday, August 27, 2014

"Cities in the Sky" - Boom or Doom?

134 cities with the most high-rise buildings

Dr Abe V Rotor 
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Acknowledgement: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article's factual accuracy is disputed. Please help to ensure that disputed statements are reliably sourced. (October 2013)


Burj Khalifa in Doha, Qatar - soon to be the tallest buildings in the world 

Do you like to live in a high-rise building in a big city?
A self-analysis based on 20 scenarios. 
Dr Abe V Rotor


You would feel you are on top of the world, and in Cloud 9 dreaming, detached from the rest of humanity and the realities of life;

You will be dependent for most of your daily activities on technology, and on hired services and remote control gadgets;

You will not have neighbors in the traditional sense built by natural communities, but by acquaintances and circumstances;

You will be living most likely alone, or with others incidental to your work; your quarters as residence and workplace;

You will learn to tolerate the effects of changing pressure on fast lanes and elevator, but not its ill consequences;

You will learn to defeat fear of living in a high rise building, but unable to erase the worst scenario of an earthquake;

You will be accustomed with locations, directions, floor numbers, hour of the day, yet get disoriented not without embarrassment;   

You will be using credit cards, take advantage of the convenience of e-mails, e-commerce,
e-learning, and the ethic of self-service;

You will not know when the sun rises or sets behind heavy curtain; and aware only of the direction and views your window faces; 

You will learn to live with the danger of possible disaster with worst scenarios depicted in movies, and the 9-11 Twin Tower tragedy;            

You will learn to live without touching the ground much less the garden soil, pick flowers and fruits, sit on the grass, except on occasions; 

You will soon forget what a tobacco plant looks like, if apple mango is a hybrid, how to make kites that fly; if toads also croak;

You will be seeing your doctor now and then for unexplained ailments, and he will tell you the air above the city is stale; it's smog;

You will have to go to the gym to lose weight, avoid fast foods and overeating, and fight off psychological appetite and sedentary living;  



You will find it difficult to tell if your condo, studio, apartment, suite, is truly a home with your family - or just temporary, or for investment; 




You dare not think The Day After Tomorrow is a true story, not even a futuristic one, yet know for certain that cities are the main targets of war;




You seem to see the world fleeting with The Good Life, frivolous and prosaic, unaware of the passing of seasons, and inevitability of getting old;  



You can hardly trace your roots save immediate relatives because of transience, change of domicile, and acculturation;


You think you have reached the peak of civilization; you can't imagine yourself to be living in Castaway, Robinson Crusoe, Swiss Family Robinson;   

You will keep your faith in the Almighty but feel less attached to organized religion in the light of spiritual enlightenment and freedom;  




You feel you are on top of the world, and in Cloud 9, longing to be part of humanity again, and face the grim realities of life.~ 
Tallest buildings by comparison
 Tallest buildings in the world in a composite satellite image. It used to be that only the Great Wall of China is the only man made structure that can be seen from the moon with the naked eye. Now the great cities and tall building complexes are a common sight from the moon glowing in the dark space like a star, and beaming with sunlight on a clear day.  
Neo-Tower of Babel - the Two-Mile-High Ultima Tower.  Actually, it's a concept as old as in paleolithic times when humans became really humans some 2.6 million years ago when whole mountains were carved into cave dwellings and communities.  Put them together in a compact scale, and you have the proto-Ultima tower - even higher and wider, cum subterranean and towering superstructures and networkings.  While all these manifest human genius and creativity, the syndrome of the biblical tragedy - the Fall of the Tower of Babel - will always haunt mankind of its vulnerability -  and eventual doom.            
 Hongkong
 Singapore
 New York
 London
This is a list of cities with the most high-rise buildings. 
A high-rise is defined as a structure at least 35 meters (115 ft) or 12 stories tall. Cities with 100 or more high-rise buildings are listed here.

Rank      City             Country          Buildings       Population
1          Hong Kong  Hong Kong       7,896        7,061,200
2          Singapore   Singapore        6,959        5,312,400
3          New York United States      6,504        8,336,897
4          São Paulo  Brazil                6,467       11,316,149
5          Caracas[3] Venezuela        3,864         5,962,259
6          Moscow  Russia                3,754       10,452,000
7          Seoul South Korea             2,955       10,421,782
8          Rio de Janeiro Brazil          2,947         6,161,047
9          Tokyo Japan                     2,779       13,001,279
10        Toronto  Canada                2,511         2,791,140
11        Istanbul Turkey                  2,439       11,372,613
12        Mumbai  India                    2,299       20,748,395
13        Tehran Iran                        2,203       15,828,365
14        Karachi Pakistan                1,942       22,000,000
15        Buenos Aires Argentina      1,870         2,891,082
16        Belo Horizonte Brazil          1,770         2,594,968
17        Kiev Ukraine                      1,531         2,819,566
18        Dhaka Bangladesh             1,521       15,000,000
19        London  United Kingdom     1,478        8,174,000
20        Osaka Japan                     1,463        2,643,805
21        Mexico City Mexico            1,364        8,836,045
22        Delhi  India                        1,347      21,753,486
23        Lahore Pakistan                 1,285     10,500, 000
24        Madrid Spain                     1,227        7,213,271
25        Chicago United States        1,125        2,707,120
26        Bangkok Thailand              1,106         6,653,987
27        Recife Brazil                      1,103        1,549,980
28        Santiago Chile                   1,094        4,985,893
29        Shanghai China                  1,057        9,145,711
30        Campinas Brazil                   931        1,056,644
31        Beijing China                        899       12,746,519
32        Sydney Australia                  845        4,399,722
33        Curitiba Brazil                      800        1,797,408
34        Minsk Belarus                      808        1,830,700
35        Yekaterinburg Russia           792        1,323,000
36        Isfahan Iran                         739        1,908,968
37        Kuala Lumpur Malaysia        725        1,887,674
38        Manila Philippines                778      11,553,427
39        Paris France                        689       2,234,994
40        Porto Alegre  Brazil              674       1,420,667
41        Jakarta Indonesia                 674      9,898,978
42        Los Angeles United States    659       4,234,340
43        Vancouver Canada               638         578,041
44        Mashhad Iran                       635      3,069,941
45        Sofia   Bulgaria                     631      1,404,458
46        Chittagong Bangladesh         630      6,500,000
47        Kolkata India                        627      9,811,265
48        Rawalpindi/Islamabad Pak    625     2, 680, 905
49        Karaj   Iran                          622     1,967,005     
51        Dubai U Arab Emirates         568     2,262,000
52        Macau China                       564     546,200
53        Tabriz Iran                          563     2,276,880
55        Melbourne  Australia            555     4,200,000
56        Chongqing China                  539     6,300,000
57        Kharkiv Ukraine                   522     1,461,000
58        Faisalabad Pakistan            521     2,540,069                                   
60        Guangzhou China                503     7,607,200
61        Wuhan China                      479     4,550,000
62        Montreal Canada                475     1,620,693
63        Barcelona Spain                 463     1,615,908
62        Bangalore India                  462     4,292,223
65        Honolulu United States        439     953,207
66        San Francisco US               417     799,185
67        Ankara Turkey                    416     4,751,360
68        Hyderabad Pakistan           410     3,429,471
69        Lima Perú                          400     8,700,000
69        Multan Pakistan                 396     5,216,268
70        Benidorm Spain                 390     67,627
71        Houston United State         360     2,208,180
72        Shenzhen China                 357     1,245,000
73        Ottawa Canada                351     883,391
74        Rotterdam Netherlands      349     616,248
75        Novosibirsk Russia            348     1,425,508
76        Bogotá Colombia              346     6,776,009
77        Philadelphia US                330     1,449,634
78        Washington  US                330     588,292
79        Berlin Germany                326     3,429,300
80        Bilbao Spain                     302     354,145
81        Santo Domingo Dom Rep  300     2,552,398
82        Málaga Spain                    298       576,725
83        Miami United States          295      424,662
84        Valencia Spain                  292       810,064
85        Tianjin China                     289    11,760,000
86        Brisbane Australia            286     2,115,440
87        Frankfurt Germany           285     670,095
88        Gold Coast City Australia  281     469,214
89        Calgary Canada               260     988,193
90        San Juan Puerto Rico       252     434,374
91        Dallas United States         246     1,266,372
92        Edmonton Canada            244     812,201
93        Boston United States        237     608,352
94        Arlington United States     232     204,568
95        Atlanta United States        231     420,003
96        Valencia Venezuela          229     2,222,549
98        Seattle United States        222     594,210
99        Brussels Belgium              208     1,134,638
100     Auckland New Zealand       205     1,377,200
101     Denver United States          204     588,349
102     Peshawar Pakistan            196     3,307,798
103     Milan  Italy                        196     4,216,268
104     Glasgow United Kingdom   192     662 954
105     Minneapolis  United States 192     377,392
106     Detroit United States          170     916,952
107     Birmingham UK                  166     965 928
108     Burnaby Canada                164     223,218
109     Baltimore United States      159     640,150
110     Pittsburgh United States     151     311,218
111     Miami Beach United States 150     87,925
112     St. Louis United States       150     355,663
113     San Diego United States     149     1,266,731
114     Perth  Australia                  145     1,602,559
115     Manchester UK                  138     2,030,519
116     Fort Lauderdale US            136     183,606
117     Gujranwala Pakistan           136     1,124,799
118     Adelaide Australia               136     1,172,105
119     Las Vegas United States     135     558,880
120     Winnipeg Canada                132     619,544
121     Portland  United States        129     550,396
122     Cincinnati United States       120     752,490
124     Austin United States            119     743,074
125     Leeds United Kingdom         118     715,000
126     London Canada                   116     470,000
127     Wellington New Zealand       116     393,400
128     Milwaukee United States      114     604,477
129     Nashville United States         114     590,807
130     Kansas City United States    112     475,830
131     Cleveland United States        111     438,042
132     New Orleans United States   107     288,113
133     North Sydney Australia         107     61,802
134     Newark United States           100     278,980

NOTE:    Reference has no data for Nos. 50, 54, 123

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