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Influences on Artistic Expression in Traditional Domestic Architecture of South West Nigeria

Opoko, Pearl Akunnaya and Adeokun , C. O. and Oluwatayo, A. A. (2016) Influences on Artistic Expression in Traditional Domestic Architecture of South West Nigeria. International Journal of Applied Engineering Research, 11 (6). pp. 4548-4553. ISSN 0973-4562

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Over the years, art in its various forms has played a vital role in the lives of African people. It served as a major form of communicative expression of religious beliefs and sociocultural norms of the people. Its form, presentation and significance however, varied from one cultural setting to another. This paper examines art in the context of domestic architecture of indigenous people of South West Nigeria and factors that have influenced its transformation. The paper notes the disappearance of the rich meaning-laden traditional motifs and symbols from contemporary housing and their replacement with more contemporary art forms influenced by several forces including colonialism, expatriation of slaves and more recent forces of globalisation and industrial mass production. It concludes that the current trend presents an architecture that is devoid of cultural architectural uniqueness and identity. One of the implications identified is for architectural curricula to incorporate indigenous themes that will help architects produce domestic architecture that have contextual relevance. Data for the paper was collected through literature review and the qualitative research method using interviews and observations of houses in the study area. Those interviewed included professional architects and residents in the study area. Data was content analysed to highlight emerging common themes.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Depositing User: Adedapo Oluwatayo
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2017 09:51
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2017 09:51

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