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October 17, 2021

For many, the word “city” conjures to mind images of towering skyscrapers and impressive high rise skylines. In a lot of parts of the world, skyscrapers are seen as a mark of urban achievement - a way to measure the prosperity of a city through both the literal and metaphorical heights it has reached. Take a quick glance at most European cities, however, and you’ll be hard pressed to find an example of the towering skylines that we typically associate with prosperity. Even though European cities consistently dominate the lists of global cities with the highest quality of life and highest levels of income, their buildings don’t seem to reflect these heights. With Europe being home to some of the best known cities in the world - why is it that they lay so low? Today we’re unpacking the cityscapes of Europe to understand how and why they have come to be without skyscrapers, and whether or not that’s all about to change.

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