A Study of Design Essence a Case of Egba-Ake Traditional Squares in Abeokuta, Nigeria


Authors : ANIFOWOSE Titilayo

Volume/Issue : Volume 5 - 2020, Issue 11 - November

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The design essence in this study denote techniques concepts of town communal relationships of an urban fabrics.The gap in this study is failure to relate the cultural past to the existing physical components of the built environment that disrupt the cultural perception of the city. The purpose of this study is to examine design essence in Egba-Ake traditional squares. Qualitative method was adopted; in-depth interview was conducted through focus group discussions from opinion leaders in the squares. Data was analyzed using Nvivo words tree and place theory. Traditional design concept of Ake palace was descriptively obtained from the opinion leaders. This studyshown how squares design speak volume about the built environment of the existing urban fabric, past historic, cultural activities and traditional identity of Egba-Ake people. This research look into conservation from the angle of preserving historical resourcesand relating culture and society so as to make use of elements that was used to form the physical settingsof city and recommended that there should be a lasting solution to loss of cultural activities and traditional identity that metamorphized into the perception of the city.

Keywords : Urban Fabric, Design Essence, Square, Cultural Identity, Cultural Activities

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