The Fluidity of Knowledge: An Intertwine between Architecture and Culture

By Olusegun Oluwole.

Published by The Design Collection

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The paper links to the theme ‘disciplines of design’ through seeking sustainability from the cultural aspects of the built environment.
The function of architecture in the built environment is one of the most important elements to the existence of a community. It is also evident that our communities are facing crisis that the existing intellectual claims struggles to tackle.
This paper argues that the fusion or the installation of culture as relevant entity in the framework of knowledge guiding the built environment is the key to the community’s sustainability. The influence of culture will also reflect on the untapped knowledge and potentials that can be generated in a whole body of effort made by the people to survive in housing related crisis.
In relation to the urban housing crisis the Lagos Nigeria situation is explored. Urban housing is used as strategic vehicle for investigating the evolution of ideas and different approaches to the informal processes involved in the issues relating to the general liveability of a community. The paper highlights the strategies developed from the existing informal settlement that can influence decisions that relates to the built environment.

Keywords: Culture, Architecture, Sustainability, Housing

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp.225-234. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.077MB).

Dr Olusegun Oluwole

Phd Candidate, Part-Time Lecturer, School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, UK

My research explores sustainablity through cultural aspects of the built environment. It looks at the social, political, environmental and other factors influencing the urban housing crisis in developing countries. My background is in architecture and I am a member of Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). I lecture as a part-time lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. I am interested in teaching methods which blend academic fun with learning to enhance the students’ learning process. I also intend to push my research as tool that can be used to minimise the effect of housing crisis in developing countries.

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