Task:Some people think it’s best to live in the ‘vertical city where there
are a lot of tall buildings, other people think we should live in the horizontal
city where they are few tall buildings.
People hold divergent opinions about where to live. Some citizens prefer to
live in cities with high-rise buildings while others believe cities with more
flat buildings are better for us.
Much space can be saved if people live in skyscrapers. As we all know, there
is a rising demand for housing in many countries, especially in countries with
large population like China and India. The land is so limited that people must
make the best of it. In this case, constructing more tall buildings is a perfect
way to achieve efficient land use. Apart from this, it also adds to the
appearance of a city, creating an impressive skyline. Cities like New York and
Shanghai are famous for their lively skyline.
On the other hand, it is also understandable why some people prefer to live
in cities with few high-rise buildings. Skyscrapers look modern but impersonal
and some people feel disconnected from nature when living in buildings made from
glass and steel. By contrast, quite a number of low-rise buildings are old
buildings of cultural significance and people living in them feel more connected
to the past. The Siheyuan (quadrangle courtyard) in Beijing is a typical example
of this kind of building.
In my viewpoint, both kinds of buildings are needed to cater for the changing
demand of modern life. In terms of recreational areas and commercial districts,
where overcrowding has become a problem, there should be more skyscrapers while
regarding to residential areas, I believe living in low-rise buildings is
better. The function and comfort level should be taken into consideration when
city planners design the city.