New York City or the Big Apple is known for its skyscrapers and architectural ambition. The city is admired by many and has inspired countless iconic songs and films over the years. This dystopian-esque image shows that no matter how much time passes, they'll continue inching up to the sky.
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In Bangkok, life is lived in the streets. The city's vernacular architecture, most iconically represented by the shophouse, is small-scale. Even its older statement-making structures – from the Royal Grand Palace complex to various beautiful temples (Angkor Wat) – tend to be low-rise.
But since the unregulated building frenzy of the 1980s, the city now has nearly 600 skyscrapers. While the future will inevitably see more high-rises and could be considered the new 'Venice of the East.'
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Dubai practically is its skyline. This city state seems to rely on and prioritise visible impact as much as about liveability. But the notion that Dubai emerged in the desert out of nothing isn't quite right. Some of its older fabric includes the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood - which dates back to the 1890s.
Since the start of its urban expansion nearly a century later, Dubai has gone stratospheric; projects that would be architectural pie-in-the-sky elsewhere have come true here. And the Burj Khalifa is really just the start.
The skyline in Moscow hangs heavy and broods - or, at least, its older elements do. It features the likes of onion-domed St Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin - so familiar from spy movies and Cold War thrillers - but Moscow has moved on, or up at least.
The Soviet-era Seven Sisters were supposedly constructed by Stalin to compete with New York, and in 1992 work commenced on the Moscow City International Business Center project, which includes three of Europe’s tallest buildings.
Rio is one of those instantly recognisable cities in the world, with its icons like the Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer. And with classic buildings like the Copacabana Palace Hotel juxtaposed with modern masterpieces like the Museum of Modern Art, the city isn't lacking for architectural variety.
The future of Rio might see it making use of its coastal location for marine farms and other island-based developments, while urban planners reckon that futuristic favela re-designs can provide healthy, walkable and self-organised living environments.
London is royal, London is religious and London is righteous – at least, that’s the story told by such iconic landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. But the capital city has also become a haven for contemporary architecture.
You can give them quirky nicknames, but skyscrapers such as 30 St. Mary Axe ('The Gherkin') and 20 Fenchurch Street ('The Walkie Talkie') mean business.
Paris is known for its iconic sight: the Eiffel Tower, built for the 1889 World Fair, which might be the most recognisable symbol of Paris. However, it's a far cry from being the only one.
The city's incredible pre-war architecture is on display, like the Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe and the gorgeous buildings of Montmartre. And while more contemporary developments like the Centre Pompidou can hold their own, will 'farmscrapers' and 'smart' green buildings dominate this iconic skyline in the future?