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Have you ever seen some old buildings in the city?
Definitely! There are some buildings in this city that were built in the post-war (after the war) era. They’re actually beautiful because of their distinctive (distinguishing) architecture. And you know what, some of these become tourist attractions because again, they’re undeniably beautiful.
Yes, and it’s hard not to see them because they look so unique compared to the modern buildings erected (built) in the city. Old buildings are for me so special because there’s an interesting story behind their existence. Not only that, they witness the change that time has brought and there’s no wonder (it’s not surprising) why they are preserved.
Do you think we should preserve old buildings in cities?
Well, that really depends on the condition of those old buildings. There are those old buildings that become hazardous (dangerous) which I really believe must be demolished and there are those buildings that are historic yet still safe. So, these types of buildings need to be preserved because they’re part of the history of a country or the city.
For me, those old buildings that tell a story about history or those with cultural value (importance) must be preserved. Those types of buildings play an important role in a country’s history. Other than that (apart from that), I think there’s no need for them to be preserved.
Do you prefer living in an old building or a modern building?
Well, I don’t mind the age of the building as long as it’s completely safe. That is, when there’s an earthquake it won’t collapse very easily, or when it catches fire, there’s an easy way to get out of the building. I mean, that should be a priority.
I love living in a modern type of building because the architectural design is unique. Since it’s modern, it’s also equipped with modern facilities which are convenient and so important in my opinion. Actually, I’m currently living in a condo unit that is modern and I couldn’t be happier (to be very happy).
Are there any old buildings you want to see in the future?
Yes! I want those old buildings with historical or cultural value to be preserved. The government should protect them as I believe they’re a national treasure, most especially those old buildings that came from the pre-war (before the war) or post-war (after the war) era. They’re just valuable.
Well, I really want those old buildings with unique architecture to be preserved. I want the future generation to see those types of buildings as for sure they will get some inspiration, especially if those buildings have historical significance. So, I hope that the current government will spend time protecting those types of buildings.
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