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Adebayo, A. K.
Iweka, A. C.
Ogunbodede, B. F.
Igwe, J. M.
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Facta Universitatis
Despite the modern and grandiose appearance of most architectural projects, closer examinations cast doubts on their sensitivity to the cultural and traditional past of the societies for which they were intended. Space for human habitation and interaction is one of the primary aspects of man's culture, and is basic to any architectural discussion. For a long time, architecture in most developing nations was shaped by colonial contexts and ideologies. The architects seemed more committed to revitalizing the civilization of other advanced countries within a new world setting. The focus of this paper is on the interplay between architecture and culture. The relationship between spaces created by architects and the local culture is examined within the context of place –the house, the community, the region, as well as the nation. The study identifies ties that bind groups together. It also explores the components that constitute spatial character. Physical and intangible aspects of materials in achieving environmental character are evaluated. Key questions regarding the professional and ideological inclination of architects are addressed. Finally, the impact of emerging global trends occasioned by contact of cultures is analyzed.
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Architectural planning , Culture , Cultural symbolism , Identity , Place , Space , Research Subject Categories::TECHNOLOGY::Civil engineering and architecture::Architecture and architectural conservation and restoration::Architecture
Adebayo, A. K., Iweka A. C. O., Ogunbodede B. F., and Igwe J. M. (2013). Architecture: The quest for cultural identity. Facta Universitatis Series: Architecture and Civil Engineering, 11 (2), 169 – 177