Reader Response of Developing Sustainable Infrastructure in New Cities (3rd Draft – Finalised)

In the article “Developing Sustainable Infrastructure in New Cities“, Cho (2014) states that the Envision Sustainable Rating System is able to reflect the performance of an infrastructure in terms of “sustainability, durability, flexibility and utility of the proposed work” in the current project. The author suggests that the Envision Sustainable Rating System can be used to improve the quality of life in the cities while managing energy resource and handling natural environment and climate change. The article mentions that the author has recently work in Saudi Arabia as a member of Impact King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) Fellowship in providing integrated perception for the projects. Cho further elaborates that in recent projects using the system allows them to overcome difficulties like “rising energy prices, water shortages, traffic congestions, urban sprawl, flood damages, and destruction of roads and bridges.” At the end of the article, the author hopes that the Envision System is able to improve the ongoing investment policies for KAEC and around the world. While I agree using the Envision Sustainable Rating system has make improvement to the new cities, I feel that the article does not present the system clearly and there are three factors that the article has failed to consider.

Firstly, Cho does not present her article comprehensively, there are some fundamental issues in her article’s structure. After reading the article it leaves the readers wondering what happens to the infrastructure, project, and system. According to an article “Sustainability Rating Systems: Broad Based or Narrowly Focused”, Vargas (2013) has given the background knowledge to the readers at the start of his article. Vargas states in his article that there are three different rating systems and categorises them into criteria base on their applicability, recognition requirements, professional credential needed of the project team, and pros and cons of each rating system. Vargas clearly elaborate each criteria in details which allow the readers to be geared precisely to understand what the content is about.

Secondly, Cho’s article mention that managing energy resource and handling natural environment and climate change are important factors in determining how infrastructure can improve quality of life in the cities. However, the author fails to present that to what extent can we call an improvement. Without the definition for the improvement in the quality of life, the readers are unable to grasp the situation properly, causing the article to be misleading. In an article “Urban trees boost quality of life for city dwellers around the world”, Welle (2014) claims that tree has environmental benefits such as “filtering water run-off and cleaning the air as well as increasing health and quality of life”. It is further explained that urban trees have an attribute that people want to live in and create the kinds of cities that residents feel they are home to. The author can cross reference to the urban trees article as an example to further present how infrastructure can improve the quality of life and how it can be used to solve the environmental and social problem in the cities.

Lastly, Cho’s article gives recognition that in recent KAEC projects, using Envision System as a guideline has been proven effective in resolving one of the main problems of urbanisation; “the role of infrastructure sustainability in the context of rapid urban growth”. However the article did not show how the system may be ineffective in addressing other part of urbanisation problem. Without mentioning the ineffectiveness of the system may make the readers fall under the impression that there is no flaw. Apart from Envision System, the author can shares with the readers that there is an environmental system call BCA Green Mark supported by National Environment Agency (NEA) in Singapore which is capable of evaluating the environmental impact and performance on a building in urban growth. Another globally acknowledge system that the author can include is the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) which looks into “Building Design and Construction, Interior Design and Construction, LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance, and LEED for Neighbourhood Development”. The article can incorporates the examples of BCA Green Mark and LEED system because it helps to widen the readers’ knowledge by giving the pros and cons of the system when using it as a guideline in resolving some of the remaining problems of urbanisation in developing infrastructure in new cities.

In conclusion, while Cho’s article discusses the benefits of using sustainability system in application to the KAEC projects. The author could have presented her article fluently if she had been careful in constructing her article in an orderly and precise format. Cho should improve on her article’s flow, making it more fluent and friendly for the readers to comprehend.

References

Cho, H., Impact KAEC Fellow. (2014, December 17). Developing Sustainable Infrastructure in New Cities. [Web log post] Retrieved from http://www.newcitiesfoundation.org/evaluating-sustainable-infrastructure-development-new-cities/

Welle, B., (2014, May 7). Urban trees boost quality of life for city dwellers around the world (1st paragraph). Retrieved from http://thecityfix.com/blog/urban-trees-boost-quality-life-city-dwellers-around-world-livability-tree-canopy-ben-welle/

Vargas, S., P.E., ENV SP, LEED AP BD+C. (2013, September). Sustainability Rating Systems: Broad Based or Narrowly Focused? Retrieved from http://cenews.com/article/9438/sustainability_rating_systems__broad_based_or_narrowly_focused_

Building & Construction Authority. (2015, September 23). BCA Green Mark Assessment Criteria and Online Application. Retrieved from http://www.bca.gov.sg/greenmark/green_mark_criteria.html

U.S. Green Building Council. (2015, March 15). About LEED. Retrieved from http://www.usgbc.org/articles/about-leed

Edited on 18/10/2015

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Reader Response of Developing Sustainable Infrastructure in New Cities (3rd Draft – Finalised)

Reader Response of Developing Sustainable Infrastructure in New Cities (1st & 2nd Draft)

In the article “Developing Sustainable Infrastructure in New Cities“, Cho (2014) states that the Envision Sustainable Rating System is able to reflect the performance of an infrastructure in terms of “sustainability, durability, flexibility and utility of the proposed work” in current project. The author suggests that the Envision Sustainable Rating System can be used to improve the quality of life in the cities while managing energy resource and handling natural environment and climate change. The article mentions that the author has recently work in Saudi Arabia as a member of Impact King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) Fellowship in providing integrated perception for the projects. Cho further elaborates that in recent projects using the system allows them to overcome difficulties like “rising energy prices, water shortages, traffic congestions, urban sprawl, flood damages, and destruction of roads and bridges” in the Mexico and Peru. At the end of the article, the author states that she wishes that the system will be widely known and correctly use for KAEC and around the world. While I agree using the Envision Sustainable Rating system has make improvement to the new cities, I feel that the system does not always prove to be effective in addressing problems and there are three factors that the article has failed to consider.

Firstly, Cho’s article mention that managing energy resource and handling natural environment and climate change are important factors in determining how infrastructure can improve quality of life in the cities. However, the author fails to analyse and explain to what extent we can call an improvement. Without the definition for the improvement in the quality of life, the readers are unable to grasp the situation properly, causing the article to be misleading. In an article “Urban trees boost quality of life for city dwellers around the world”, Welle (2014) claims that tree has environmental benefits such as “filtering water run-off and cleaning the air as well as increasing health and quality of life”. It is further explained that urban trees have an attribute that people want to live in and create the kinds of cities that residents feel they are home to. The author can use the urban trees article as an example to back up how infrastructure can improve the quality of life and how it can be used to solve the environmental and social problem in the cities.

Secondly, the article states that in recent KAEC projects, using sustainability system as a guideline has been proven effective to overcome difficulties in Mexico and Peru in resolving one of the main problems of urbanisation; “the role of infrastructure sustainability in the context of rapid urban growth”. However this suggests that the system may not necessarily be effective enough to fix every aspect of urbanisation problem. In fact apart from sustainability system, there is an environmental system call BCA Green Mark supported by National Environment Agency (NEA) in Singapore is capable of evaluating the environmental impact and performance on a building in urban growth. BCA Green Mark, therefore can be use in the article in resolving some of the remaining problems of urbanisation.

Lastly, throughout the article the author only give recognition to sustainability system for evaluating the performance of infrastructure which has proven to be effective in resolving fast urban growth. On the other hand there is no mention of shortcoming from the system which make the readers fall under the impression that there is no flaw. Also, no comparison is being done on the system which mislead readers in believing that there is only one system available in the world. Another globally acknowledge system that the author can mention is the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) which looks into “Building Design and Construction, Interior Design and Construction, LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance, and LEED for Neighbourhood Development”. Accepting other system and giving recognition to more than one system is very important because it can provide the readers the pros and cons of the system when using it as a guide in developing infrastructure in new cities.

In conclusion, while Cho’s article discusses the benefits of using sustainability system in application to the KAEC projects. The author could have been more convincing without being bias if she had include more variety of system into her article. She should search out of her knowledge and incorporate other system to maximise the effectiveness and coverage of the system in guidance of developing sustainable infrastructure in the new cities.

References

Heidi Cho, Impact KAEC Fellow. (2014, December 17). Developing Sustainable Infrastructure in New Cities. [Web log post] Retrieved from http://www.newcitiesfoundation.org/evaluating-sustainable-infrastructure-development-new-cities/

Ben Welle. (2014, May 7). Urban trees boost quality of life for city dwellers around the world (1st paragraph). Retrieved from http://thecityfix.com/blog/urban-trees-boost-quality-life-city-dwellers-around-world-livability-tree-canopy-ben-welle/

Building & Construction Authority. (2015, September 23). BCA Green Mark Assessment Criteria and Online Application. Retrieved from http://www.bca.gov.sg/greenmark/green_mark_criteria.html

U.S. Green Building Council. (2015, March 15). About LEED. Retrieved from http://www.usgbc.org/articles/about-leed

Edited on 26/09/2015

Reader Response of Developing Sustainable Infrastructure in New Cities (1st & 2nd Draft)

Summary of Developing Sustainable Infrastructure in New Cities w/ Thesis & Reference

In the article “Developing Sustainable Infrastructure in New Cities“, Cho (2014) states that the Envision Sustainable Rating System is able to reflect the performance of an infrastructure in terms of “sustainability, durability, flexibility and utility of the proposed work” in current project. The author suggests that the Envision Sustainable Rating System can be used to improve the quality of life in the cities while managing energy resource and handling natural environment and climate change. The article mentions that the author has recently work in Saudi Arabia as a member of Impact King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) Fellowship in providing integrated perception for the projects. Cho further elaborates that in recent projects using the system allows them to overcome difficulties like “rising energy prices, water shortages, traffic congestions, urban sprawl, flood damages, and destruction of roads and bridges” in the Mexico and Peru. At the end of the article, the author states that she wishes that the system will be widely known and correctly use for KAEC and around the world.

Reference

Heidi Cho, Impact KAEC Fellow. (2014, December 17). Developing Sustainable Infrastructure in New Cities. [Web log post] Retrieved from http://www.newcitiesfoundation.org/evaluating-sustainable-infrastructure-development-new-cities/

Edited on 25/09/2015

Summary of Developing Sustainable Infrastructure in New Cities w/ Thesis & Reference

My English Language Learning Journey

Singapore has four official language, English, Malay, Mandarin, and Tamil. Everyone must know how to speak and write English and that includes me. At home, my family speaks Mandarin because my parents are weak in English and they place great importance on Mandarin since it is our root, so naturally I was weak in English at young. Luckily, my aunts were English educated so we communicated using English whenever I visited my grandma during the weekend.

I remember I started hating English during primary school because it was my weakest subject. No matter how hard I tried, I just could not improve my score. When I started studying in polytechnic I realized that without English I would not be able to do well in the modules that requires huge amount of understanding, memorization and presentation.

That point in time was my turning point to improve in my English, I think, especially the presentation skill. Given the environment I was in, I had decided to seek help from my classmate. I observed how my friends converse, debate and present themselves over a topic. From that observation I was able to better articulate my thought.

Furthermore, when doing presentation slides or report, I had the chance to read my groupmate’s work when we were doing the compilation. Given much exposure, my English has slowly but definitely improved though I strongly believe that I still have much more to learn.

Edited Version (19 September 2015)

My English Language Learning Journey