Some cities do not restrict how big, stylish and unique houses and offices that people construct can be. Do you think the advantages of this approach outweigh the disadvantages?
In some cities, people can build homes and offices in various designs, sizes and shapes whereas in some others restrictions apply. In my opinion, such restrictions have both advantages and disadvantages. Let me explain.
Cities where all homes and offices look alike have a unique identity. However, in my opinion, such cities also look a little boring. This may be acceptable in heritage areas. In many such places restrictions already apply and people cannot alter the existing designs or build new structures that don’t conform to the existing buildings. This practice will help preserve the heritage nature of these towns.
However, in other places, there are hardly any reasons to build homes and offices of the same kind. Buildings that look unique make cities visually appealing. Also, these structures can serve as landmarks. I possess limited spatial skills. If I have to find my way through a city where all buildings look alike, I will have a tough time.
There is a downside to this. If people are allowed to build homes of whatever designs they like, they might be tempted to show off their wealth. This already happens in a prosperous state like Kerala. Anyone who has been to this South Indian state couldn’t have missed the palatial homes that dot its landscape. In Kerala, like in many other parts of India, people can build homes of any size and design. Unfortunately, this has created rivalry between neighbours. Everyone wants their home to be the best and the biggest. This obsession with building the biggest home in the neighbourhood has actually led to the depletion of natural resources in this state.
To conclude, there are both merits and demerits to imposing restrictions on the size and design of homes and offices that people can build. In my opinion, people should be allowed to choose the design of their home in areas that do not belong to the heritage category. The government should, however, impose some restrictions on the size of homes. People must not be allowed to build excessively large homes just to show off their wealth.