I was at a job in Ormeau in the northern part of the Gold Coast and was up in a elevated working platfrom, I only wish I had a camera on me as it was one of the best views I have ever seen. Looking to the south you could see the highrises of the Gold Coast and to the north Brisbane City. If anyone is ever around the hills of Ormeau (or surrounds) definitely take a camera with you and capture 2 magnificent cities at the same time.
The combined populations of GC, SC and Brisbane may eventually rival Melbourne, maybe not replace Melbourne. But the comined metropolis will eventually become more of an economic hub due to its close proximity to Asian markets. I still wouldn't right Sydney off either I think it is highly likely they could have a resurgance.
guys, I think we are all missing the point here. It's the Quality of the city, not the size. So many cities across the globe are large, but how many of them have the individual qualities of any of our cities. Cities like Bombay (Mumbai) and Sao Paulo are HUGE, but they have left a lot of people behind. The divide between rich and poor grows ever greater, and in cities like Mumbai the active and interactive social and lively public spaces we enjoy in our cities are far different from those in Australian cities.
A city like Singapore has a Huge commercial area, but these areas are dead on weekends. The best places are the Shopping district of Orchard road and the lively old town places of Little India and Arab Street. We're luck in Brisbane to a council and a state government that is thinking along the lines of a quality city for the future, but there's always MUCH more room for improvement.
Urban space is much more than the size of the building guys, it's how the pieces fit together and how well they fit together.
I'm a huge fan of more towers in our cities; creating density is just one part of the puzzle of creating life in our cities.