Indigenous Urban Open Spaces as Public Infrastructures for Sustainable Cultural System in Ilawe-Ekiti, Nigeria

Joseph Akinlabi Fadamiro (1), Joseph Adeniran Adedeji, Rasaki Aderemi Ibrahim
Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria
Department of Architecture
(1) Corresponding Author, joechrisdamiro@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT
The fast extinction of indigenous public open spaces in contemporary cities is one of the negative consequences of urbanisation. Since the physical environment is symbolically encoded, this development not only represents loss of infrastructural quality of cities but implies a change of value-system between the indigenous and the modern styles. Among the few conservation of the indigenous public open spaces and their value-system in Yoruba urbanization is Ilawe-Ekiti, Nigeria. This study therefore evaluates the value-system of some selected organized public open spaces in the city. The aim was to determine their significance towards formulation of sustainability framework. The primary data for the study was obtained through historical method, field survey and physical observation for multiple evidences as required of scientific enquiries. Qualitative results show that the spaces are material evidences of high indigenous value-system s in urban context. The study concludes with recommendations on the sustainable conservation of the spaces.

Keywords: urban open spaces, public infrastructure, indigenous value-system, cities, recreation.

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