Thursday, April 24, 2014

IELTS Writing Task 2 Step-by-Step: Old Buildings (Viewpoint 2)




QUESTION TOPIC:

Many old buildings are protected by law because they are part of a nation’s history. However, some people think old buildings should be knocked down to make way for new ones because people need houses and offices.

How important is it to maintain old buildings? Should history stand in the way of progress?


1. ANALYSE:

QUESTION TYPE: Argument type essay. 

TOPIC: Old buildings. History. Progress.

YES-NO QUESTION: Should we knock down old buildings to make way for new ones?


2. BRAINSTORM:
YES / AGREE
NO / DISAGREE
need houses – somewhere to live
need offices – somewhere to work
old buildings – unsafe in an earthquake
old buildings – ugly
old buildings – remember bad history e.g. prisons, slavery
old buildings – impractical
new buildings - practical
old buildings – beautiful
old buildings – remember history
Melbourne - quaint, pretty, historical
Brisbane – new, ugly, modern
old buildings - tourism
USEFUL VOCABULARY & COLLOCATIONS
unnecessary, make room for, valuable space, energy efficient
prime location, structurally unsound, run-down, progress


3. PLAN
PLAN
INTRODUCTION Knock down the old buildings
BODY PARAGRAPH 1
(MAIN IDEA 1 +
Support this with Explanation / Evidence / Examples)
We need more room for housing
Old buildings are in good locations
Knock down so more people can enjoy the area
PARAGRAPH 2
(MAIN IDEA 2 + Support this with Explanation / Evidence / Examples)
We need more room for offices
New buildings look good
Attract foreign investment
PARAGRAPH 3
(BALANCE / ACKNOWLEDGE,
& REFUTE)
Could refurbish old buildings
BUT
Expensive. Still no space
Modern buildings have better facilities, e.g. they are more energy efficient
CONCLUSION Knock down the old buildings -- progress -- move forward


4. WRITE
In any rapidly growing city there are old and unnecessary buildings taking up valuable spaces. There is no doubt that these old buildings should be knocked down in order to make room for new buildings that meet the needs of an expanding urban population. 

To begin with, we need more space for houses. Old buildings are often in prime real estate locations, which could rather be utilised to create new urban villages and community hubs. For example, the riverside precinct in West End, Brisbane used to be old run-down factories and it has now been transformed into beautiful modern apartments. 

We also need more space for offices. Some old buildings take up vast amounts of land in the CBD. These buildings are only one or two stories high and can only host a small number of offices or shops. If these buildings were knocked down, we could build bigger and better office blocks. Attracting more workers to our city would in turn boost our economy.

Some people may say that we can create housing and office space by refurbishing the existing old buildings, rather than knocking them down. However, this is a costly and time-consuming process and does not address the need for more floorspace. In addition, modern buildings can be built to be more energy efficient, they are better for the environment.

The answer to the housing and office space shortage is to get rid of old buildings and construct modern, efficient buildings in their place. This kind of progress is the only way a city can move forward.


5. CHECK
In any rapidly growing city there are many old and unnecessary buildings taking up valuable spaces. There is no doubt that these old buildings should be knocked down in order to make room for new buildings that meet the needs of an expanding urban population. 

To begin with, we need more space for houses housing. Old buildings are often in prime real estate locations, which could rather instead be utilised to create new urban villages and community hubs. For example, the riverside precinct in West End, Brisbane used to be old run-down factories and it has now been transformed into beautiful modern apartments. 

We also need more space for offices. Some old buildings take up vast amounts of land in the CBD. These buildings are only one or two stories high and can only host a small number of offices or shops. If these buildings were knocked down, we could build bigger and better office blocks. Attracting This would attract more workers to our city would and in turn boost our economy.

Some people may say that we can create housing and office space by refurbishing the existing old buildings, rather than knocking them down. However, this is a costly and time-consuming process and does not address the need for more floorspace. In addition, modern buildings can be built to be more energy efficient, they are which is better for the environment.

The answer to the problem of housing and office space shortage is to get rid of old buildings and construct modern, efficient buildings in their place. This kind of progress is the only way a city can move forward.

FINAL ESSAY
In any rapidly growing city there are many old and unnecessary buildings taking up valuable space. There is no doubt that these old buildings should be knocked down in order to make room for new buildings that meet the needs of an expanding urban population. 

To begin with, we need more space for housing. Old buildings are often in prime real estate locations, which could instead be utilised to create new urban villages and community hubs. For example, the riverside precinct in West End, Brisbane used to be old run-down factories and it has now been transformed into beautiful modern apartments. 

We also need more space for offices. Some old buildings take up vast amounts of land in the CBD. These buildings are only one or two stories high and can only host a small number of offices or shops. If these buildings were knocked down, we could build bigger and better office blocks. This would attract more workers to our city and in turn boost our economy.

Some people may say that we can create housing and office space by refurbishing the existing old buildings, rather than knocking them down. However, this is a costly and time-consuming process and does not address the need for more floorspace. In addition, modern buildings can be built to be more energy efficient, which is better for the environment.

The answer to the problem of housing and office space shortage is to get rid of old buildings and construct modern, efficient buildings in their place. This kind of progress is the only way a city can move forward.

(265 words)

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