Definition of cityscape in US English:



  • 1The visual appearance of a city or urban area; a city landscape.

    ‘shades of red brick which once colored the cityscape’
    • ‘The Riverside City project will see a new cityscape built from the docklands.’
    • ‘It is sad when the foreign tourist stepping off the plane does not really feel he is in the country because the cityscape around him can be found almost anywhere else in the world.’
    • ‘Fascinating in itself, it also plays a complex role in the surrounding cityscape.’
    • ‘Chaotic, dark and layered, the collage suggests an apocalyptic futuristic urban world that only remotely relate to our traditional cityscapes.’
    • ‘Ski areas are certainly more natural than cityscapes, but they still create significant environmental impacts through logging, erosion and damage to wetlands.’
    • ‘One can also take issue with the contrived nature of the chase scenes, which were of no dramatic value but rather served to showcase the cinematography and visually exploit the cityscapes of Rome.’
    • ‘Occasionally, the students from my urban environments seminar will send cards depicting cityscapes: tenement housing, a tangle of highways, a well-designed park.’
    • ‘His main characters are usually portrayed against huge backgrounds, maze-like cityscapes or walls of nameless faces.’
    • ‘As for infrastructure, it doesn't just drop from the sky, magically ‘appearing’ on our cityscapes.’
    • ‘Not all development is good; some of it is hideous, but most of the projects we are talking about are earmarked for areas where the cityscape has already been set.’
    • ‘Nightime in the area also brings exciting vistas over Canary Wharf, lit up to create breathtaking cityscapes.’
    • ‘In the meantime, I'm enjoying the mists of autumn but, when I dream, it is of cityscapes rather than rural landscapes.’
    • ‘Think of how the property boom in the UK has reshuffled towns and cities - changing cityscapes, mental maps, cultural capital, urban imagery.’
    • ‘Visually, the project functions much like an interactive cityscape.’
    • ‘The bike path that runs along the gorgeous Lachine Canal, which is lined with ducks, geese, a great view of the cityscape, and plenty of shaded areas, is beautiful, but challenging.’
    • ‘The final showdown takes place in the sinister cityscape, which still has its creepy visual charge.’
    • ‘Most theatres and concert halls contribute to the cityscape and weave of urban life.’
    • ‘The artist said he has always been inspired by the cityscapes and urban culture which peppers the environment he grew up surrounded by.’
    • ‘As she glanced through the window at the passing cityscape, she was once more filled with thoughts of Paris.’
    • ‘The environment varies from desolate, mountainous areas populated only by the occasional tree to vast cityscapes, teeming with skyscrapers and featuring most of the attendant detail of a civilized area.’
    landscape, countryside, country, terrain, topography, setting, surroundings, environment
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    1. 1.1 A picture of a city.
      • ‘This follows his earlier, highly acclaimed series of landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes and flowers.’
      • ‘His work, however, is more subtle and varied than the term implies and this retrospective is certainly evidence of that - included alongside his images of men are his cityscapes and natural landscapes.’
      • ‘The land- or cityscapes in the blown-up photos introduce varying degrees of spatial recession, the depth depending on the scenes.’
      • ‘In both the cityscapes and the flower paintings, an almost shocking liberty with facts is apparent.’
      • ‘It was around that time she began painting cityscapes, no doubt inspired by the spectacular view they had from their 30th floor apartment.’
      • ‘He painted American landscapes and cityscapes with a disturbing truth, expressing the world around him as a chilling, alienating, and often vacuous place.’
      • ‘The expatriate's urban cityscape is assembled from large spools of colored thread, empty liquor bottles, and toy cars.’
      • ‘Why I mention all this is because there's an exhibition opening tomorrow evening at the gallery which I earnestly recommend because it concentrates on new paintings of South African cityscapes and landscapes.’
      • ‘The large, stylized portraits he presented employ the same picture-book graphics and primary colors of the earlier cityscapes and car book.’
      • ‘Thematically, works range from portraits and self-portraits, cityscapes, crowd scenes and spectacles to cultural icons.’
      • ‘The resulting compositions appear as visual clips excerpted from the cityscape.’
      • ‘Another drawing, a cityscape of the capital city, is a slice of the life he experienced during his days at the Fine Arts College.’
      • ‘His subject matter ranges from portraits to cityscapes, harbor scenes, still lifes and sports figures.’
      • ‘Included are his mouth-watering depictions of gumball machines, cakes and pies, along with his later human figures and brilliantly colored cityscapes of San Francisco and landscapes of the Sacramento Valley.’
      • ‘A keen artist with a sketchbook full of imaginative cityscapes, he's delighted to combine his love of art with the chance to explain his position.’
      • ‘Bravura brushwork and florid lines characterize the rigorous and dazzling craftsmanship evident in each of the portraits, cityscapes and elaborate figure compositions that were on view.’
      • ‘The range of ideas was quite varied; students drew seasonal scenes, tranquil landscapes, busy cityscapes and out-of-this-world lunarscapes.’
      • ‘His oil paintings are interwoven with Russian folklore in both large and small-scale surreal landscapes and cityscapes.’
      • ‘An artist who gained celebrity as a small boy for his incredible ability to draw architecture and cityscapes in minute detail, often from an aerial view, is the subject of an exhibition at Orleans House Gallery.’
      • ‘While the tintype served the mass-portraiture market, wet-plate lent itself to landscapes, cityscapes, and mass-reproduced celebrity portraits.’
      view, vista, outlook, perspective, panorama, aspect, scene
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