An Analysis of Western Influence on Traditional Housing Form in Minna

Research areas: Year: 2015
Type of Publication: Article Keywords: Housing form, Western influence, Culture, Transformation, Traditional Housing
  • and Momammed Babale Gire, Attah Umar Ahmed
Journal: Journal of Environmental Sciences and Policy Evaluation Volume: 5
Number: 2 Pages: 18-28
Month: December
The transformation of traditional housing form from a distinct architectural style that comes from its peculiarity in cultural background, to physically transformed pattern subdued by incursion of colonial practices has resulted to a change in the traditional house form. This paper focuses on the review of Minna traditional housing form and how it has been affected by western influence. Relevant literature reviews, visual surveys, interactive interviews and questionnaires directed on some residents in the core area of Minna were used to collect data. Findings from the study reveals that several traditional building units were no longer built due to change in socio cultural requirement thereby transforming the entire house form.