Essay of the Week: Old or new buildings?

Our band nine sample essays give you the opportunity to learn from successful essays that show off the best structure, vocabulary and grammar. This opinion type question asks you to consider if it is better to live in a new or old building.

Band nine sample essay

Some people believe that we should knock down historical buildings to make way for more practical new builds. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

As our cities get more overpopulated, there is an increasing sentiment that we should demolish older buildings and replace them with contemporary ones. In this essay, I will agree with this point of view. First because these buildings can be more accessible and second because it can help us solve our housing crisis. 

First, replacing old buildings can allow us to make buildings that are accessible for everyone. Because many old buildings are not built with disabled people in mind, they do not have the facilities to be used by everyone. For example, some old buildings have lack elevators to allow people to get to every floor. While it is sometimes possible to adapt old buildings, this is not always the case and these adaptations can be impractical.

Furthermore, new buildings can help fix our housing crisis by allowing more people to live there. In a process called ‘urbanisation’, people are increasingly moving to cities which puts a drain on housing resources. By replacing old builds with new ones, which can be high rise buildings that can house far more people, we can provide housing for more of the population. In addition, because this increases the supply of housing, this can help reduce average rents. 

In conclusion, replacing historical buildings with new ones is both more accessible and offers more housing. As a result, I believe replacing them would be a good way to improve our cities.

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