The Art and Reactionary Elements on the use of Alternative Building Materials in the Benin Metropolis

Authors : Michael OlusegunAdamolekun; Monday Olutayo Olaoye; Isiwele Ahamiebaloyai Joseph

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 8 - August

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The housing crisis in our urban centres is chronic. The cities are characterized by rapid growth, high demand, but poor housing. At present, the Benin metropolis is undergoing an explosive urban population growth due to rural-urban population drift compounded by the current insecurity and unemployment in the northern part of the country. The awareness of affordable low cost housing for the middle and low income earners is growing daily. The inadequacy has become a great concern all over the world thereby making it a priority to many international, local governmental and non- governmental organizations. Exploring the reuse of readily available alternative traditional building materials like earth, bamboo etc., which had been substituted with conventional materials such as cements, steel, glass etc. is inevitable. The human and environmental reactions to the process of conceiving, designing, construction and commissioning of dwelling units to help tackle and give sustainable impact on the housing shortage for the middle and low income earners of the society is growing daily. Appropriate use of earth in construction will produce cost-effective and comfortable buildings. Earth and bamboo are viable alternative building materials, reusable, biodegradable, sustainable resources and construction for adaptation to climate change. The integration of computational design into traditional building material enhances the optimum delivery of housing in the Benin Metropolis.

Keywords : Earth, Bamboo, Low-Cost Housing, Growth Rate, Rural-Urban Migration, Settlement, Computational Design, Digital Design, Parametric Modeling, Generation Algorithm.


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