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This presentation had a lot of information that was not on the slides so I'll put the notes here in the description. Also, this one ended up a little grainy when I uploaded. Sorry.
Slide 3, bullet 1: I've always been fascinated by them.
bullet 2: This project deals more with super tall towers. The definition of a skyscraper is vague and relative to its surroundings.
Slide 4: This chart demonstrates that the building of super tall towers is a recent phenomenon. Note that all of these were in the U.S. until 1997. Then there is a shift to East Asia.
Slide 5: The cities were picked from two lists: the largest cities and cities with the most skyscrapers. Economic groups places each city in one of 3 groups. MDC is more-developed countries, LDC is less-developed countries, and NIC is newly industrializing countries or developing countries. These group placements are arguable. HDI is of the city's country and is another measure of development. The last 3 columns show the # of skyscrapers. The height numbers were picked arbitrarily.
Slide 6: While a certain # of people is needed for a skyscraper to be economically feasible, there is little correlation between population or population density and skyscraper construction. Chart shows this.
Slide 7, bullet 1: Economic development is the biggest factor. Who builds these buildings? Investors. If your city isn't attracting foreign investment from transnational corporations, it doesn't get skyscrapers. It is interesting that NICs are starting to have more skyscrapers than MDCs. I think this is because when MDCs were industrializing, super tall towers were not as popular. NICs are now expanding far more rapidly than anyone else so they get to have many of the architecturally impressive buildings.
bullet 2: political/economic city dichotomy, Mumbai vs. Delhi ex.
bullet 3: Europe has negative attitude towards skyscrapers. Plus they are more environmentally minded and these buildings output more greenhouse houses and use more energy. Despite this, new CBDs with skyscrapers are appearing in European cities away from the historical CBDs.