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[IELTS]: The appearance of a building is more important than its function.


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Jul 18, 2012, 07:55am   #
The appearance of a building is more important than its function. Do you agree or disagree?

A lot of modern buildings around the world are famous for their special and meaningful forms. Some people argue that the exterior of structure is prior to its function. I totally disagree with this argument because the appearance of building should be considered as same important as other architecture factors including functionality.

The purpose of constructing any buildings is for practical use but not only for just watching from the outside. For example, in practice, architects should design the buildings according to the requirements specifications of buildings. These documents usually include the purposes of the buildings, such as an office building, a house, an apartment building or a stadium, and the functionalities the buildings should have, like shedding water, heating and cooling. In addition, the design of a building involves far more than its appearance since buildings must also be safe, economical and environmental friendly. Therefore, the exterior of buildings is only one of the essential architecture factors which need to be considered and should not be dominated.

Furthermore, excessive design in architecture needs special techniques and much more time and material resources to achieve than usual. But sometimes it may not be satisfied by the public if the safety issues are concerned. This can be best illustrated with the example of a famous modern building in Beijing - CCTV new site, which has a marvelous form with a large area impending in the air. Due to its unique design of appearance, the total cost is more than 20 billion dollars and it takes more than 10 years to complete. However, most people in China do not seem to be interested in the appearance of this construction but worried about its safety since it had experienced a serious accident several years ago. Moreover, even if the building have been proved to be safe now, people who sit in the impending offices could feel nervous that cause negative effects on their working efficiency.

In conclusion, admittedly people do like buildings that have aesthetic appeal, but it should not come at the cost of the appropriate function, time, financial resources and safety. Consequently, architects need to find a balance between architectural idea and built reality.

welnorze:
a lot of modern buildings around the world are famous for their special and meaningful forms. Some people argue that the exterior of structure is prior to more important than its function. ( you put one idea in second sentence , It is good to write opposite idea too, before giving your opinion. For example; While others think that intended purpose of any building is essential rather than the outer volume. . I totally disagree ( You are not disagreeing anything but taking the "middle Path." That is why "In my opinion," sounds better.) with this argument because [/s]the appearance of building should be considered as same important as other architecture factors including functionality.


welnorze:
The primary purpose of constructing any buildings is for practical use but not only for just watching from the outside. For example, In practice, architects should design the buildings according to satisfy the requirements specifications of buildings of users. These documents usually include The purposes of the a buildings could be such as space for an office building, a house, an apartment building or a stadium , residence, recreations . and The functionalities the buildings should have , like shedding water, heating and cooling be comfortable, safe, and environment friendly.. . In addition, the design of a building involves far more than its appearance since buildings must also be safe, economical and environmental friendly. For example; building should posses disable access, adequate emergency escape route, proper ventilation, good lighting level, safe against severe weather, green spaces et cetera. Without these functional qualities the outer shape is nothing but the waste of the money. Therefore, the exterior of buildings is only one of the essential architecture factors which needs to be considered and but should not be dominated its function.
Furthermore, excessive design in architecture needs My suggestion: requires special techniques and much more time and material resources to achieve than usual. But Don't start a sentence with BUT However, sometimes it may not be satisfied satisfy by the public if the safety issues are concerned.
Moreover, even if the building have has been proved to be safe now, people who sit in the impending offices could feel nervous that it may cause have negative effects on their working efficiency.

In the second para, you should have a sentence to round up the idea of the para; and in the conclusion, I think you need to add phrases like "I believe that...." or sth like that to indicate your opinion, as the task asks you to say whether you agree or disagree.

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Jul 22, 2012, 06:42pm   #
Thank you D. Baniya and Thao.

This topic is really difficult for me as i even cannot understand what are the 'functions' of buildings should be.

I hate to write the essay like 'disagree or agree' because it hard for me to stand on the line. For example, i do not agree this statement which is appearance more than function, however, do i need to say function more than appearance? otherwise i off the topic?

Thank you for your help.
Well you can either choose one side (agree OR disagree) and support only that side with the body paragraphs, or if you don't really agree or disagree, just write in the intro: "I partly agree with this statement", then explain the reason for both in the body.
So, any way should be fine.

Did I get your question correctly?



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