In the article “This Detroit House is Being Turned into a
Living Model of Cost-Saving Sustainable Design”, Peters (2016) writes about the
“Motown Movement” project that three graduated architect students from the
Netherlands created. The objectivity of the project is to transform those
once-over homes into comfortable and sustainable living conditions that
utilises inexpensive and DIY methods. The graduates had studied about declining
cities and came across Detroit through their lessons. Peters stated that they
came up with reasonable ideas that will improve the living circumstances of the
people who are clueless in executing this economically. Setting up a training centre
and workshops to teach the families on how to operate new functions with
resources like insulation, solar panels, and greywater system where the
required items are accessible locally and in any Home Depot, thus making it
inexpensive for the community. To reach their aim, the architect graduates are
partnering with regional establishment to involve the project and reach out to
more people in the community. Furthermore, they intend to implement a master’s
program with the aid of Delft University of Technology for undergraduates to
expand this plan worldwide. Although the graduates’ efforts are greatly appreciated
for their clarity in their implementation of the idea of sustainability and
low-cost execution using DIY methods, I feel that this would still not be made
possible at all places without taking other factors into consideration. Not
everyone could adapt to changes especially when they are so used to their fixed
living standards. Disagreements among the community should be taken care of
beforehand so their efforts will be supported by all and have a maximum rapid
Source: Peters, A. (2016, July 7). This Detroit House is
Being Turned into a Living Model of Cost-Saving Sustainable Design. Taken from
Just like most of the children
born in the 1990s era, I only came across the need and the purpose to learn English
language in my primary school education. I was born in an Indian family. My grandmother
brought me up teaching me Tamil language. I learnt to speak Tamil easily as I was listening to it all the time.
Singapore, a society with people
of different races, need a common language where everyone can easily
interact with each other. I would never say it was easy to speak and write English
in my early days. It was sudden. I was compelled to learn it in order to speak
to my teachers and fellow classmates. I felt down when I couldn’t express what I
wanted to share in English. My grammar was totally wrong. I didn't use much vocabularies or adjectives in my sentences because I always feared I was going to say
something wrong. I hardly passed the English subject in my primary school
although I loved reading story books.
In my secondary school and polytechnic
days, I made a lot of non-Indian friends where I had to interact with them in English.
I chose to come out of the fear and speak to people from different races. The more
I spoke, my self-esteem increased. I had to face an Italian employer during my first part time job. Initially, I was fearful due to his accent and
different way of speaking English compared to an Asian. However, when I could
speak to him and answer his questions, I realised that I could talk to anybody
I believe there learning English doesn't have an end. At every phase of my life, my English is always
better than yesterday. I hope I will be proficient in this language someday.
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This e-mail serves as a purpose to introduce myself, my
educational background, goals for studying in this SIT programme and my aims
for the future. I’m R Samuel S/O Rajendran. I’m 23 years old, an Indian and a
Protestant by faith.
I graduated with a Diploma in Information Technology from
Singapore Polytechnic (SP) in 2014 before I went on to serve my National Service
(NS). During my polytechnic days, I was taught designing, programming and networking.
I was very much interested in designing and networking compared to
programming as I found it repetitious.
From a completely different educational background, my friends tend
to question me on why I’m into engineering (building services) when I could
easily get a course related to my diploma. I aim to be an engineer working
under the sector of the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) in Singapore.
I was always fascinated by this industry due to my father who used to be a
civil engineer. Thus, I applied and enrolled into this current course of mine
My goals are to do well in
every module taken in every trimester. I would want to upgrade myself both academically
and in my interpersonal skills. Communication is very essential in our everyday
life. I look forward to your next lessons to improve my communication skills.
I’m appreciative in learning your module, Effective Communication, which I believe
would nurture me as a person who would be preferred by companies that requires good communication skills