dicapino Posted January 6, 2014 Share Posted January 6, 2014 When old buildings stand on ground that modern planners feel could be better used for modern purposes, modern development should be given precedence over the preservation of historic buildings Should older buildings give way for modern development or be given precedence over modern buildings? Some persons would argue that old buildings should be kept standing, so as to preserve culture and history for future generations, but others aver that modern development should be given precedence, in order for government to use these grounds for buildings that provide social amenities like hospitals and social centres to the public. I believe old buildings should be given precedence over modern development. First, old buildings in different cities help preserve history and cultures for future generation. In the present digitalized world where life moves at the speed of light, certain buildings are, in some cases, stores of many historical facts that will help future generations have an insight on past centuries. Buildings like the coliseum and senate of the Roman Empire at the centre of Rome are clear examples of the historical content of old buildings. Apart from reading history books on the Roman Empire, students can visit such buildings to reinforce their knowledge on how early Romans were the earliest proponents of democracy and how they created ‘fun games’ at the coliseum. Old buildings preserve human history. Furthermore, such buildings are source of tourist attraction. Pulling down old buildings in favour of modern ones could have a negative impact on tourist activities. Some tourist hotspots are home to buildings that may be the driving force of influx of tourists into these cities; thus, modernization could stymie such activities. For instance, in Paris there is the nostra dames cathedral that draws certain individuals to the city, even though it is home to the Eiffel Tower; also, the Coliseum is a major tourist attraction in Rome. I imagine pulling down such structures could reduce the myriad of tourism seekers that visit these cities. Therefore, modernisation could be bad for business. Opponents against my position aver that old buildings should be pulled down, so that social amenities like health centres and schools can be built in communities with old buildings. I oppose such thoughts and believe government should look for better means of solving these problems and such solutions should not be at the expense of old structures. In conclusion, old buildings should be given precedence over modern ones. Examples like the Coliseum and nostra dames buildings are custodians of historical knowledge that could benefit future generations. Instead of breaking them down, governments should help to preserve and renovate these buildings, so they can withstand the test of time and provide more historical knowledge and revenue for the nation. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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