Body 1: Advantage Distinctive designs -> tourism industry thrives -> Ex: the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral raise the city's aesthetic and economic chances
Body 2: Disadvantage Areas where building designs have certain purposes -> show local cultures and history -> contemporary buildings not allowed in Hoi An Ancient Town
It is clear that when setting up a building, people are concerned about the design. Having the freedom to choose the design they want has both pros and cons but I believe whether the advantages overshadow the disadvantages depends on the areas where new buildings are constructed.
The freedom in architectural designs allows the erection of exquisite buildings that generate people’s appreciation, which consequently raises the aesthetic values of a country and enhances economic chances. This can be clearly demonstrated in the tourism industry as people travel to look for unique attributes of the destinations. Take the Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral as an example. It does not need to comply with the surrounding building styles. With distinctive beautiful complex French architectural features, it has been the ultimate symbol Ho Chi Minh City, which attracts more than two millions of tourists every year.
However, too much freedom in housing designs might be problematic in certain areas. There are places where building designs serve particular purposes, for example, to show local area’s cultural and historic values. If people here are allowed to freely build houses that do not follow the established guidelines, the aesthetic values will be compromised. For instance, contemporary buildings are not permitted to be constructed in Hoi An – an ancient town of Vietnam as this place remains an example of a South-East Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century and has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In conclusion, whether the advantages outweigh the disadvantages of little control on building designs depends on the local areas and their purposes.