Dwelling Space Deficits in Nigeria’s Large Cities: Evaluation of Mass Housing Units in Lagos

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Adebayo, A. K.
Iweka, A. C.
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Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Concern for housing delivery in Lagos and other large towns in Nigeria continues to focus on increasing the overall housing stock. Yet, there is another form of crisis that relates to how the spaces in housing unit prototypes that constitute the current stock of mass housing in these rapidly growing cities were designed to be occupied or utilized? The aim of this study is to establish thresholds at which occupants of mass housing prototype apartments in Lagos megacity are likely to experience dwelling space deficits. Case study methodology was employed. Five purposively selected low-income prototype designs were analysed to determine the rated capacity or estimated intensity of occupancy, using three established standards. The outcome suggests that for two bedroom category, type 2 (two-bedroom) design located at Dolphin estate has higher capacity rating in terms of occupancy. Similarly, type 5 (three bedroom) design also at Dolphin has the highest rating among the three bedroom apartments studied. The research supports the use of these design types, or their variants to improve the spatial efficiency and habitability of future mass housing stock in Lagos.
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Evaluation , Housing , Housing-deficits , Housing-utilization , Lagos , Research Subject Categories::TECHNOLOGY::Civil engineering and architecture
Adebayo, A. K. and Iweka, A. C. O. (2014). Dwelling Space Deficits in Nigeria’s Large Cities: Evaluation of Mass Housing Units in Lagos. Architecture Research, 4 (1A), 27-33.