Developing Rotterdam's skyline

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The planning and construction of tall buildings is often controversial, polarizing the public debate on architecture and urban life. In many cases the emotional discourse focuses on aesthetics and view corridors, more than city planning or economics. This paper introduces a framework that analyzes the visual impact a developing skyline has on a city and its surrounding region, using Rotterdam as a case study. By studying the height and completion year, identifying the tall building cluster as it is perceived visually and conducting a GIScbased visibility analysis, the framework provides context to tall building designs. The results make the assessment of individual projects more scientific and balanced, removing many of the emotional elements that often enter into the discussions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-37
Number of pages6
JournalCTBUH Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2012


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