I suppose that the high of the buildings doesn't have to relate directly with the city growing it self.
The city skyline given by the tallest building can be very â€œtrickyâ€. In Lisbon for example (because itâ€™s not â€œplainâ€) a tall building can be dissimulated when you are just walking on the streets
... or the tallest building could not be in the city centre. I've been recently in Milton Keynes, (England) and it's a new town where the scale of the buildings on the city centre has nothing to do with height ... and I can compare it to one or two towns in Ireland (from what Iâ€™ve seen
I donâ€™t know if you agree, but for me a tall buildings are not part of the natural growing behaviour of the city but the easy way to increase the profits of land use... they tend to incorporate most of the artificial equipment (elevators, ventilation,...) in order to work!
MaximusColumnus: In the time of MarquÃªs de Pombal they build within the walls a wooden structure that function like a 3d frame that hardly gets destroyed during an earthquake... another preoccupation was the fire (it was what destroyed downtown)... I donâ€™t quite remember anything about â€œwave proofâ€!!! ...