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Analysis of Spatial Types and Social Space in Ile-Ife Domestic Architecture

Adeokun , C. O. (2012) Analysis of Spatial Types and Social Space in Ile-Ife Domestic Architecture. Analysis of Spatial Types and Social Space in Ile-Ife Domestic Architecture. pp. 1-16.

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the diachronic development of spatial morphologies in Yoruba domestic architecture (SW Nigeria) and the social rules implicit in domestic space use, utilizing data about the households, and activity and object locations. The results presented revolve around how activities (and objects) ‘spill over’ designated boundaries within the domestic space, the impact of activities and objects on the specialized or non-specialized use of space, and the intensity of focus on each space label as the conventional location for activities and objects. Six spatial types were identified, and a ‘core’ set of function/space labels was found in each type, although these have ‘expanded’ in the newer types, partly in response to new connotations of privacy. Many activities and objects were consistently shown to have flexible boundaries, thereby having an effect on space specialization. Newer geometric types were characterized by slightly increased specialized use of certain space labels (although the prevalent pattern was non-specialization), and a modest reduction in the degree of extensibility, and intensity of focus. The study demonstrated that there are stronger points of continuity than difference between the spatial types.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: activity and object locations, social space, spatial analysis, domestic architecture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
T Technology > TH Building construction
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
Depositing User: Mr Solomon Bayoko
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2014 13:48
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2015 09:44
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/3098

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