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摘要: 2011年12月18日重复2011年6月10日北美题目 Establishing new buildings is more important than preserving old buildings.   It is believed by m...

2011年12月18日重复2011年6月10日北美题目

Establishing new buildings is more important than preserving old buildings.

 

It is believed by many that the world has outgrown its old past when the bungalows occupied the cities and the only way to symbolize “a modernized” world is to bulldoze those old buildings and build new ones. However, I do not see things that simply.

Admittedly, the ever increasing population requires governments build more modern houses which allow more people to live or work  in. This impulse for new building with high capacity is exceptionally strong in China because of its astronomical population. With new modern building, Chinese people now can enjoy much spacious houses or apartments than several decades ago even though the population soars to 1.3 billion. However, building new modern houses does not mean that governments should ignore the preservation of some old buildings. In my view, taking good care of old traditional buildings is as equally important as, if not more significant than, the process of modernization. My views will be illustrated as follows.

Firstly, preservation of old buildings shows our reverence for tradition and culture. In a way, modern building and modern architectural style were born in western countries. They have little to do with the profound history and culture of my country. No matter where you are, New York or Beijing, a skyscraper is a skyscraper. There is no essential difference. Yet, buildings like the Palace Museum or Hutong are totally different stories as they represent the identity of a nation and the evidence that my country was enriched in culture and its distinctive artistic style. The first decade of 21st century saw the demolition of too many such cultures and the establishment of homogeneity. If my government should not take measures to protect the old buildings, the loss of a whole architectural identity would be irreversible.

Secondly, protection of old buildings is a desirable way to develop tourism. Bored by the hustle and bustle of modern cities, townsfolk always want a Shangri-La where they can taste an exotic style of life. If the traditionally buildings are well preserved in a city, people from other cities would want visit it in their holidays and the income generated can be used to further protect those traditionally buildings. Thus, a benign circle is set up and it is beneficial both for the government and citizens. Actually, cities like Venice, Rome, and London attract tourists all over the world not because of their present but because of their past—well preserved past.

In a nutshell, the importance of building modern buildings can never be overemphasized but is not second to none. In a sense, a well protected traditionally building still glitters in modern world.

 

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