Daily Archives: November 8, 2006

New Miami Skyline: Height/Density Distribution Charts

The Charts below are designed to track both the distribution of density and height of Miami’s proposed, under-construction, and recently topped off high-rise developments among three urban neighborhoods: Brickell Village, the Central Business District, and Uptown. Chart A, below, includes 97 of the newest and tallest projects in Brickell Village, Uptown, and the Central business District (CBD).

Chart A

Top 97 New Tallest

B. Village (red)

42 (43%)

CBD (yellow)

29 (30%)

Uptown (blue)

26 (27%)

Chart A indicates that Brickell is seeing the most development taking place. 43% of the newest high profile projects are in that neighborhood. Importantly, the Central Business District is not far ahead of Uptown. Only 3% percentage points separate the two. Let us take a look at chart B, below, which only factors in the tallest 20 new buildings.

Chart B

Tallest 20

B. Village (red)

8 (40%)

CBD (yellow)

9 (45%)

Uptown (blue)

3 (15%)

Chart B indicates that most of the top twenty tallest towers are being built in the CBD–9 in all. Brickell Village is not far behind with 8 projects in the top twenty. When it comes to the tallest of Miami’s new buildings, Uptown is far behind with only 3 in the top twenty. However, as recently as 3 years earlier, Uptown was barely a concept and would not have even been part of the discussion. Moving on to Chart C, below, which covers the tallest buildings after the top twenty up until about 102 on the list of new high density high rise developments, indicates some interesting patterns for Uptown.

Chart C

Tallest 20 – 102

B. Village (red)

36 (44%)

CBD (yellow)

20 (24%)

Uptown (blue)

26 (32%)

As you can see above, Brickell Village has the most developments with 44%, but Uptown is a surprising second with 32%. The Central Business District is last among the three urban neighborhoods. A decade ago, this would have been thought next to impossible. The Miami skyline has come a long way.

Importantly, the data indicates that although Brickell Village leads all three in development activity, it is by no means one sided. In fact, the new developments seem to be fairly evenly spread out–a pattern that has come to full fruition in places like New York City, Hong Kong Island, and Chicago. Miami, still has a long way to go, but is evolving in a rapid yet balanced manner that will render incredible results in the very near future. The Miami skyline, as it is turning out, will be quite wide or long (depending on how one views it), stretching from the most southern reaches of Brickell Avenue to the I-195 (Julia Tuttle Causeway). Based upon the anticipated new developments, there will be no obvious gaps in the skyline, at least from the Biscayne Bay vantage point. Currently, there are significant gaps as the skyline evolves.

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