20 Skylines Of The World: Then Vs Now

The speed and magnitude of a change in the skyline is representative of how rapid a city has changed through a a century or more. Others clock in development in just a few decades. For instance, one of the most prominent changes to a city has got to be Dubai, which over the course of 20 years transformed itself from a desert to becoming the most heavily populated city in the United Arab Emirates.

In this post, we will look at the rapid growth, by way of skylines, of 20 cities from around the world to give you an idea of how the world has, is and will change through time. You might also be interested in the amazing skyscraper compilation we have, as well as a list of stunning futuristic skyscraper concepts we have.

New York City, USA. 1870 vs today. (Image Source: DailyMail)

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Shanghai, China. 1990 vs 2010. (Image Source: TheAtlantic)


Long Beach California, USA. 1953 vs 2009. (Image Source: JeffGritchen)

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Eiffel Tower, Paris. 1900s vs today. (Image Source: FineArtAmerica & WallpaperUp)


Panama City, Panama. 1930s vs Present day. (Image Source: SkyscraperCity & MagnificTravel)

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Shenzen, China. 1980 vs 2011. (Image Source: TwistedSifter)


London, England. 1900 vs Present Day. (Image Source: DailyMail)


Toronto, Canada. 1930s vs today. (Image Source: BlogTo & farzinphoto)


Hong Kong. 1920s vs 2000s (Image Source: Hongwrong)

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Singapore. 1990s vs Present day (Image Source: AsianUrbanEpicentres)


Bangkok, Thailand. 1988 vs 2007. (Image Source: WebUrbanist)


Sydney Harbour Bridge, Australia. 1930 vs present day. (Image Source: sydneysiders & wikipedia)


Venice, Italy. 1970 vs Today. (Image Source: fdmount & roughguides)


Doha, Qatar. 1977 vs 2010s. (Image Source: businessinsider)


Dubai, UAE. 1990 vs Present Day (Image Source: Abdolian & worldpropertychannel)


Tokyo, Japan. 1945 vs 2011. (Image Source: bongorama & mediavida)


Fortaleza, Brazil. 1970s vs 2011. (Image Source: ourswift)

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 1990 vs today. (Image Source: adamroslan & tinmoi)

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Athens, Greece. 1860 vs today. (Image Source: ourswift)

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Los Angeles, USA. 1970s vs today. (Image Source: kcet & citydata)

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