Integrating Heritage Sites into Contemporary Urban Areas: Case Study of Lagos Metropolis, Nigeria

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Lawanson, T. O.
Adejumo, T. O.
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Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Lagos
Urban and Regional Planning is primarily concerned with city development, incorporating physical, socio-cultural and economic growth of places. It is expedient for planning to integrate historical factors into the general outlook of a city’s image, identity and overall form. Planners and policy makers are responsible for devising means by which a city’s historical aspects could be harnessed to achieve both political and economic development within the framework of city planning. The Lagos metropolis, Nigeria’s primary urban centre, is growing both in size and population. However, as the city develops, its history, form and ancient characteristics are gradually and continually being expunged. This has led to the development of a Lagos metropolis that has all the properties of an urban center but has failed to realize the potentials which its historical background can contribute to its overall physical, socio-cultural and economic development.This paper assesses the key sites of historical value and importance in the Lagos metropolis, their maintenance and management over the years and the efforts of government and other stakeholders towards their integration into the emerging megacity in line with global best practices, heritage preservation and sustainable urban development
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Urban Planning , Historic Preservation District , Heritage Sites , Lagos Metropolis , Research Subject Categories::TECHNOLOGY::Civil engineering and architecture
Lawanson T.O., Adejumo, T.O. (2012). Integrating Heritage Sites into Contemporary Urban Areas: Case Study of Lagos Metropolis, Nigeria. Journal of Urban and Regional Planning Review. University of Lagos, Lagos, 3(1&2), 92-99