Several of the other answers give excellent pointers as
to why some European cities do not have large skyscrapers,
but one reason is that unlike New York where space for
building has often been limited, there was no need to build
upwards so much as build smaller and outward.
New York built a stack it high style of building due to limited
amounts of building land and also as a symbol of prestige.
Also, many European cities were destroyed in WW2 and in
order to create a feel good factor, they were restored to their
former glory as sites of historical and architectural splendour.
Once these cities had been restored, there was no need to
build high just to create offices for banks and business empires.
The return of historic buildings, albeit built with a more modern
twist gives a sense of pride in social and cultural history.
London, Paris, and other cities have a few high rise buildings
to show that they could build them if they wished to, but
European wealth is often understated, keeping their feet firmly
on the ground, rather than shouting to the world, look at us, we
can build so high.
Earthquakes could be one reason for lower buildings, but
Europeans have seen no need to build tall edifices and the
terrorist destruction of the World Trade Centre is a good
example for keeping things small.
· 7 years ago