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      Cultural Influences on Traditional and Modern Architecture in Ijebu-Ode

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      Architecture, Building, Culture, Modern, Traditional


            Technology, available materials, economy, culture and host of other factors influence man’s dwelling and play important roles in determining the type of building he inhabits. However, little research has been carried out in order to determine the influences of culture on both traditional and modern architecture in Nigeria. The aim of this research project, therefore, is to determine and compare the influences of culture on the traditional and modern building types in Nigeria using Ijebu-Ode as a case study. Questionnaires were randomly administered both in Ita-Alapo and Obalende representing traditional and modern areas of the town respectively. Also, building typologies were randomly selected in both areas and were compared in terms of building quality, form and techniques. The results gathered were then analyzed descriptively with the use of tables and charts showing their frequencies, mean and rank. The analysis revealed that while security was the first factor that influences the types of building in the modern area (Obalende), it was the people’s family structure that determines their building type in the traditional area (Ita-Alapo). The research concluded by recommending that Nigerian architects should always endeavor to consider and incorporate the people’s culture into their designs, especially when designing where they will live.


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            20 March 2021
            [1 ] Department of Architecture, Federal University of Technology Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria
            [2 ] Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Federal University of Technology Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria
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            It's a good read. It's nice to see that the respondents gave high regard to living in harmony  and having a good social relationship within the  neighborhood, what's rare in urban places. Actually, one thing caught my interest. A respondent reported that timber was used as material for floor. Is it the type used in overseas? I've seen many houses in abroad built entirely using timber, I've been wondering why we can't have similar buildings here. Let me have your thoughts on this. I enjoyed reading your article by the way; it's well-written.

            2021-03-26 17:34 UTC

            Thanks so much for your percipient observation; it showed you digested the whole article.

            Thanks sir.

            The timber floor is the common flooring system in Yoruba architecture. A quite number of them are still available in our village buildings.

            The major setbacks in the use of wood floors is the infestation of termites; which can compromise its structural stability; and its poor resistance to fire.

            These setbacks can nevertheless be addressed.

            When their is a will, they say there is a way. 

            2021-03-26 18:53 UTC

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