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  • Task 2 ( 2 parts question) : Buildings

    Posted by Falak on September 26, 2022 at 8:52 AM

    In the past, buildings often reflected the culture of a society but today all modern buildings look alike and cities throughout the world are becoming more and more similar.

    What do you think is the reason for this, and is it a good or a bad thing?

    Write at least 250 words.

    AGAPE replied 1 year, 6 months ago 6 Members · 11 Replies
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  • Nida

    September 26, 2022 at 2:12 PM

    Due the advent of modern architecture, not only have all the cities started looking identical, leaving almost no room for uniqueness but this has also pushed the local cultural and traditional art of construction to the brink of extinction. Unfortunately, the new housing system have played a key part in diminishing the heritage architectural designs of many civilizations.

    There are various factors that have led to the flourish of many modern housing projects. Firstly, there is problem of limited housing due to continuous influx of population in the urban areas. To compensate for the increase in the demand of abodes and decrease in un built land area, the architects have developed hosing projects which involves building of apartments in high-rises, where every house is identical to the other. This has robbed the very soul of a house, which is built to express the unique cultural background of every individual. Secondly, since almost the construction material is pre-fabricated, modern houses all bears the same look. Though it is cost effective and can be afforded by many families, it can’t compensate the charm of locally handcrafted material. Thirdly, in this age of globalization people live and work in various cities in their lifetime. Governments and private builders strive to give them a sense of similarity in work and housing structures. The people feel at home from wherever they live and work, however they are deprived of an opportunity to experience the architectural character of the region they are living.

    The traditional method of living not only gives the city and its dweller their unique identity but also plays a major role in keeping alive the dying art of handicraft. The old methods of house building are also sustainable because they are conceived around the local weather and climate of the place and hence takes away the dependency on air conditioners, heaters, electrical chimneys etc.

    It is unfortunate that one has to let go of cultural heritage architecture for cotemporary house designs. The newer generation will experience it only in the form of heritage buildings, monuments and their old family homes. Its rather sad that the cities are losing their old charm and traditional architecture has become a tale to be told to coming generations.

    • Falak

      September 27, 2022 at 11:38 PM

      led to the flourish (word form is not accurate) of many modern

      there is (a) problem of

      un built (unbuilt) land area

      decrease (shortage) in un built land area,

      hosing (housing) projects

      which involves (involve) building of apartments in

      modern houses all bears the same look. (all modern houses)

      its dweller(s)

      hence takes (take) away the dependency

      (In conclusion)It is unfortunate that one has to let go of cultural heritage

      conclusion should give an indication on reasons as well

      second part of the question (opinion) needs more explanation

      keep writing!!

    • Falak

      September 28, 2022 at 8:10 AM

      the new housing system have (has) played

  • Sebanti

    September 26, 2022 at 3:31 PM

    Earlier days, the tradition of a community was uniquely reflected by the house structures, but nowadays, most premises across the world look similar and difficult to distinguish them. In my opinion, this trend is due to globalization and increase of the land prices which influences people to construct more cost-effective buildings creating a threat to the community heritage and culture.

    Firstly, due to globalization people are getting influenced and adapted by the culture of different countries. As a result, they are being motivated with the mansion designs of other countries. These were not possible in earlier days as they had not much exposure of it. For instance, in the past, in India mostly independent houses were present, but now most of them have turned into multistoried gated communities. Without any doubt, this structure was inherited from the western countries. Furthermore, as a result of globalization, the companies who produce the parts of building materials, selling their products worldwide as they are not restricted to sell those within their home countries. For that reason, people all over the world purchasing those apparatuses and making their houses which look same.

    In my view, this trend is unacceptable because all the communities are losing their unique heritage and culture. Additionally, earlier houses were more environment friendly which is not the case in the contemporary era. To illustrate, few years back, usage of air-conditioning was not popular, therefore the buildings had thick walls which could resist the heat. However, the walls of the modern apartments are very thin, and these cannot resist the unbearable hot temperature. As a result, people are using more coolers and AC machines these days which is a main reason of global warming.

    To conclude, the attitude towards designing buildings and cities has changed compared to the past, but according to me this trend is non-acceptable as communities are losing their unique heritage and identities.

    • Falak

      September 27, 2022 at 11:49 PM

      increase of the (rocketing) land prices

      people all over the world (are) purchasing those apparatuses

      which is a (the) main reason of global warming.

      according to me (I reckon)

      keep writing!!

  • Eram

    September 26, 2022 at 7:44 PM
    • Falak

      September 28, 2022 at 12:02 AM

      due to …….., has led to ( faulty structure)

      material are (is) vulnerable

      b.P 1 lacks the cohesion (the last part)

      it (they) depicted

      lack of cohesion and coherence throughout the essay

  • Shreyas

    September 26, 2022 at 11:30 PM

    Nowadays, the buildings that are constructed do not resemble the old architectural features that was influenced by society’s culture ,and they look similar to each other. Although they prove to be cost friendly for their construction, they have lost its touch with the aesthetics that the olden establishments had, which is a bad thing. This essay will elaborate the reasons behind the cause of the issue and also provide conclusion with personal opinion.

    To begin with, due to globalization along with proliferation of population, many tall residential, business and government properties are built by taking the budget into consideration. As a result, most of the buildings are constructed to provide tenancy for as many individuals as they can. To achieve this the designs of modern complexes are made monotonous in looks with greater emphasis of fulfilling functional requirements. For instance, the apartment in a residential complex have thin walls, less carpet area but is allocated with bathroom and bedroom as these are basic requirements of public.

    In my opinion, this adoption has hampered the availability of traditional homes that were significantly present in earlier times. Firstly, the newer generation won’t be able to enjoy the unique homes that were not only aesthetically pleasing but also eco-friendly. As a matter of fact, the earlier establishments used materials like thick stones, mortar and bricks that resisted the heat and also kept the interior cool, as opposed to modern ones that use prefabricated materials like cement blocks and concrete. Consequently, many people have to use air-conditioners to keep their infrastructure ventilated as well as cool thereby increasing the global warming.

    In conclusion, the adoption of modish architecture for newly-founded premises has risen and has resulted in loss of unique heritage and identity of communities. In my opinion, it is dreadful as in future we are only remained with fewer buildings of the past.

    • Falak

      September 27, 2022 at 11:55 PM

      they have lost its (their) touch with

      that (older) the olden establishments had,

      To achieve this (,)

      as in future we are only (will ) remained

      Keep writing!!

  • Eram

    September 28, 2022 at 11:23 PM

    September 30, 2022 at 9:28 PM

    At present, instead of previous culturally fabricated buildings, the architects erect monotonous flats and luxurious apartments. Although the scenario happens as a result of urban sprawling and by favoring the wealthy clients, I reckon that such a transition could detrimentally affect the poor residents to go homeless as well as this could cumulatively vanish the cultural values of each place. This essay elaborates the causes and my opinion on this subject.

    On the cause side, the major culprit could be westernization. In detail, People often migrate to city either for educational or career purposes; consequently, the population in the cities increases and thereby the engineers might be forced to build similar time-saving constructions. Mumbai Andheri, for instance, has now enormous multi-storey flats due to increased population density. In addition, the second reason could be that the ambitious developers knock down just on wealthy companies and billionaires for lucrative benefits. As a result, the earlier resident spaces would apparently be replaced with the well-engineered blocks.

    However, the aforementioned is not a logic to support the change. It seems to be an abominable shift as the associated effects could harm each land’s ethnic and traditional values. In other words, if the newly built infrastructures are alike and indistinguishable, those establishments cannot symbolize the artistic skills. Hence, by time, the authentic cultural fabrics would undoubtedly go obsolete. What more, since the private investitures cater large building projects, the poor residents often be under existence crisis. The previously spacious and environmental-friendly housings of the city of Oakland have become high-rise superstructures and is a live example here. In view of these, I tend to not support building structures that are of same kind.

    In conclusion, the current architectures seem similar not only by the indulging of western culture but also by the housing demand of public. Unfortunately, such a change deleteriously leaves the unwealthy people on streets with no homes and even conceal the unique heritage of the places.

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