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BK&A On Heritage

Certainly, it is a pity that our built history is being destroyed by the construction of new structures that might have been erected elsewhere. What replaces the traditional buildings is much worse. We are losing resources when we demolish an old structure, but the prospect of what will replace these ancient buildings makes one wonder if we are on the right route. Most of them are not innovative; instead, they are just imitating the West. Thus, heritage is to be seen as an asset and as a tool for development. One of the most important assets we can pass onto the next generation is our heritage.

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