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- restrict /ri-STRIKT/
- vanity /VAN-ity/
- landmark /LAND-mark/
- novelty /NOV-uhl-tee/
- impose /im-POHZ/
[verb] – to limit the movements or actions of someone, or to limit something and reduce its size or prevent it from increasing
They should restrict smoking in public places.
[noun] – lack of real value; hollowness; worthlessness
According to the critics, the mayor’s latest projects are nothing but vanity.
[noun] – a building or place that is easily recognized, especially one that you can use to judge where you are
The Chillon Castle is one of Switzerland’s landmarks.
[noun] – the quality of being new and unusual
Most entrpreneurs believe that novelty is important for innovation.
[verb] – to officially force a rule, tax, punishment, etc. to be obeyed or received
The government should not impose high tax costs on businesses.
There is already an existing ban on buildings higher than 500 meters but the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, together with the Ministry of Emergency, has imposed tighter limits on October 26, 2021. The new rules state that cities with populations of less than three million people will be restricted from building skyscrapers taller than 150 meters (492 ft). Meanwhile, those with populations larger than that will be restricted from buildings taller than 250 meters. Those who allow projects that violate these new rules will be held to “lifelong accountability”.
- Have you been inside one of your country’s tallest buildings?
- Do you know anyone who works in the construction industry?
- If you were an urban planner, what would you focus on developing in your city? (housing, roads, schools)
- Do you think it was right for China to restrict the construction of “super high-rise buildings” in smaller cities?
- In your opinion, why is urban planning important?