Urban upgrades and tendency to alter indigenous building patterns in southwest Nigeria; a case study of Abeokuta city core, Nigeria


  • Folahan Anthony Adenaike Department of Architecture, Lagos State University of Science and Technology, Ikorodu, Nigeria


Building elements, building forms, commercialisation, indigenous architecture, postmodern style


Urban upgrades are common in cities of Southwest Nigeria. They are executed to address socio-economic and environmental issues by resolving socio-spatial dysfunctionalism. The urban systems that are altered during upgrades may however not blend into a good fit with the existing buildings. This study was carried out in Abeokuta, Southwest Nigeria in 2019 to determine the tendency of residents to alter the designs of their buildings in upgraded areas of the city core. Areas within the city core that witnessed urban upgrades between 2009 and 2019 were identified and the buildings were investigated physically for evidences of change in designs. A closed ended questionnaire was also administered to building industry professionals around the area to confirm the field observation findings. By using the neighbourhoods that were not upgraded in the area as reference, it was confirmed that the residents in upgraded areas had altered their building designs significantly. The research proposes that alteration of building designs which subsequently affects the outlook of the environment should be envisaged and accommodated in planning of urban upgrades.


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How to Cite

F. A. Adenaike, “Urban upgrades and tendency to alter indigenous building patterns in southwest Nigeria; a case study of Abeokuta city core, Nigeria”, J. Soc. Rev. Dev., vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 01–08, Jul. 2023.