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Urbanism of the informal : ethnic spatial adjustment of Gbagyi housing in Nigeria

Mohammed Mai, Moukhtar and Shamsuddin, Shuhana (2008) Urbanism of the informal : ethnic spatial adjustment of Gbagyi housing in Nigeria. In: Urban Design Issues In The Developing World: The Case Of Malaysia And Nigeria. Penerbit UTM, Johor, pp. 107-130. ISBN 978-983-52-0564-4

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The rate of urbanisation and globalisation has an impact on the transformation of traditional settlements physically and culturally. This phenomenon is most glaring in fast growing cities like Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital territory (FCT). Here, the influx of settlers cashing in on the expanding economic opportunities has put pressure on the existing settlements to accommodate them. Nigeria, as in other developing countries, still depends more on informal housing delivery system. The traditional Gbagyi vernacular housing as observed in many traditional settings is subject to modifications and improvement, to accommodate more spaces for tenants. The question relates to the sustainability of the ethnic spatial identity, due to transformation of the long established indigenous cultural values. Urbanisation and acculturation apparently contribute to the gradual lost of such indigenous housing patterns. This chapter analyses the changing patterns of a case study, of Gbagyi housing in three significant periods of FCT-Abuja development: incipient (1976-1986), intermediate (1987-1991) and consolidated (1992-2006). It also attempts to highlight the contributing factors for the transformation.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:Gbagyi housing, housing in Nigeria
Subjects:T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TH Building construction
Divisions:Built Environment
ID Code:28067
Deposited By: Fazli Masari
Deposited On:05 Sep 2012 10:18
Last Modified:05 Feb 2017 01:29

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