SkylineA skyline is the outline or shape created by a city's overall structure, or by human intervention in a non-urban setting or in nature that is formed where the sky meets buildings or the land. City skylines serve as a pseudo-fingerprint as no two skylines are alike. For this reason, news and sports programs, television shows, and movies often display the skyline of a city to set a location. The term The Sky Line of New York City was first introduced in 1896, when it was the title of a color lithograph by Charles Graham for the color supplement of the New York Journal.
Paul D. Spreiregen, FAIA, has called a skyline "a physical representation [of a city's] facts of life ... a potential work of art ... its collective vista."
Modern city skylinesSome natural skylines have been unintentionally modified for commercial purposes.
Girgaon Chowpatty-rise buildingsHigh-rise buildings, including skyscrapers, are the fundamental feature of urban skylines.
TowersTowers from different eras make for contrasting skylines.
San Gimignano, in Tuscany, Italy, has been described as having an "unforgettable skyline" with its competitively built towers.
Sports stadiumsThe Colosseum and 2008 Beijing Olympic Stadium give varied sport stadium skylines.
Remote locationsSome remote locations have striking skylines, created either by nature or by sparse human settlement in an environment not conducive to housing significant populations.
Notable architects influencing skyline
Norman Foster served as architect for the Gherkin in London and the Hearst Tower in Midtown Manhattan, and these buildings have to added to their cities' skylines.
Albert Speer made a notable night time skyline with searchlights at Nuremberg.