Synthesis of Modern Construction Methods and Local Building Materials: A Drive to Revive Yoruba Vernacular Architecture

Muritala Muideen Olaniyi, Adebisi Ilelabayo Ismail, Olatinwo Fatai Aderinola


African vernacular architecture is considered to be one of the notable architecture in the world. This is due to its iconic and cultural representation with very little effort expended on achieving it. The preservation of vernacular buildings has been very difficult across African continents especially in Nigeria. Yoruba vernacular architecture, predominantly in south-western part of Nigeria is in a serious dilapidating state, this is as a result of the drastic shift from the locally sourced building materials to the modern imported ones. Hence, this paper reviews and analyses the causes of the deplorable state of Yoruba vernacular buildings with a view to suggesting appropriate measures to be taken in reviving and preserving them.However, some locally sourced building materials which are adjudged to be economical and sustainable are identified and possible ways of synthesizing them with modern construction methods as a process deemed capable of redeeming the Yoruba vernacular architecture are suggested and discussed.

Keywords: African Vernacular Architecture, Yoruba vernacular architecture, Local materials, foreign materials, Indigenous technologies and modern construction methods.

DOI: 10.7176/JAAS/65-04

Publication date:June 30th 2020

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