In the past, buildings often reflected the culture of a society, but today all modern buildings look alike and cities throughout the world are becoming more and more similar. What do you think is the reason for this, and is it a good thing or a bad thing?
In the past, the exteriors of buildings and cities were influenced by social culture, which varied from society to civilisation. However, this trend has shifted, and cities and buildings are now more similar across the globe. Clearly, there are several contributing aspects. In my perspective, the disadvantages of this tendency outweigh its advantages.
The globalisation of our globe began primarily to increase the similarities between buildings. Since the last two or three decades, the interaction between individuals and society has grown considerably. Consequently, social culture began to develop steadily around the globe. New cultural elements are borrowed by society from external sources. Therefore, people’s perspectives on design become comparable. This is why many buildings and cities appear so similar. Moreover, if one were to visit a relatively large international airport in any country, they would notice that the design is remarkably similar. Not only is this globalisation, but it also stops people from becoming lost.
Despite its similarity, it has a negative impact on the culture and identity of the nation. In the beginning, they gradually lost their identity. People are eager, for instance, to visit locations around the globe and sit in one of the locations that demonstrate the cultural qualities of Aboriginal people. Therefore, if they visited places similar to their hometown, they would find no difference. In addition, dismantling old towns and historic buildings and replacing them with new modern structures, as is the case with other constructions around the world, could result in the loss of our historical heritage.
The overall approach to developing buildings and cities has evolved throughout the past. The government should therefore seek to preserve a balance between traditional and contemporary attitudes.