The most striking representation of a city is its skyline or silhouette. The skyline, as seen from afar, is indicative of a city’s size and economic importance, as well as the divisions inside the city between residential, commercial, and business areas and the architectural legacy of the city.
Cities are and always have been dynamic, multifaceted places. These communities are always changing, shaped by factors including access to resources, population movement, and investment. One may easily mistake a glass and steel building in Singapore for one in Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex, despite the fact that different cities have very different urban personalities.
Many individuals have a hard time wrapping their heads around the concept of placemaking because they believe cities and settlements develop ‘naturally’ and that how we build them doesn’t significantly affect the welfare of society. Many individuals still only know about placemaking in terms of exterior design, shabby public spaces, or historical context.
The placemaking of skylines:
As urban planners and designers, we aim to enhance a variety of aspects of a community’s functioning, such as its economics, quality of life, provision of social infrastructure, etc. As a means of accomplishing this, we conduct experiments, develop guidelines and standards, and make rules and principles.
The fate of a community always rests in the hands of architects, urban designers, and planners, whether we’re discussing utopian ideas or merely introducing new forms of transportation.
What skylines reveal
As time has progressed, technology has become an integral element of the workplace, with widespread implementation across industries. The placemaking industry has embraced the computer as vast sheets of paper have given way to little screens and the countless hours spent on meticulously set up 3D hand drawings have given way to computer renderings. The state of the art has progressed to the point that complete schemes may be generated, as opposed to only the ability to draw lines and create digital 3D models of individual structures.
What skylines do reveal, however, is the extent to which the design of many cities is controlled by money, businesses, and red tape (a process known as “shape follows finance”).
Buildings in New York can be expanded upwardly for the reason of needing extra mechanical space since structural and mechanical floors do not count against the maximum permissible size. Developers take full advantage of this, increasing these areas so that high-end penthouses may be constructed ever higher, adding even more height to New York City’s skyline.
Some cities’ skylines, unlike those of Mumbai and London, struggle with the tension between architectural tradition and modernization. Buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries, completed in coral stone, dominate the skyline of Stone Town, the historical core of Zanzibar City on the archipelago of Zanzibar.
Stone Town’s skyline, as seen from the waterfront, is a fascinating blend of Swahili, Indian, Arab, and European architectural styles. This is in great part owing to Stone Town’s protection as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its reliance on tourism for its economy.
Why skylines are integral to the cities they are in:
The existence of India’s oldest stock market, the city’s central position in the expansion and modernization of the Indian economy, and the city’s huge number of billionaires all contribute to Mumbai’s impressive skyline. London’s skyline is both loved and hated in the United Kingdom; yet, despite efforts to preserve views of landmarks like St. Paul’s Cathedral, the city is still strongly defined by financial institutions and its pursuit of being the global financial centre.
Our skylines tell us a lot about the cities we live in, and how we feel about those cities is closely related to how we view those cities thanks to the media we take in. Since it would be hard to capture the entire cityscape in a single image, photographers typically focus on the most prominent and visually striking structures. Common images of London’s, Mumbai’s, and New York City’s skylines, for example, hide the metropolis’ extreme wealth gaps.
Skylines are absolutely important in portraying a city’s culture, zeitgeist, and even it’s architecture to those who visit. The profound impactThey become landmarks that form a city’s identity and help in creating a highly recognizable individualistic feature that stays in the mind of the observer. For residents in a city, skylines provide solace and belongingness, and they play an important role in giving a city the feeling of comfort and a feel of progress.