AN ANALYSIS OF HOUSING QUALITY AND RESIDENTIAL ENVIRONMENT IN A TRADITIONAL AFRICAN CITY: A CASE STUDY OF ILESA, OSUN STATE NIGERIA

Adedokun Olutoyin Moses, Francis Tambiyi

Abstract


Housing is one of the essential needs of life. Man needs house to protect him against elements of weather.  The provision of good housing therefore, has a profound effect and influence on the health, efficiency and wellbeing of any community. This paper examined housing quality and residential environment in Ilesha. Housing quality in the context of type, facilities and amenities available were examined; also the quality of residential environment was examined, especially to determine if the two meet the desire and satisfaction of the respondents. The paper also examined how this issue of satisfaction forms the basis for residential preference in the study area. Lastly, the study identified how people perceive and rate their environment. The findings arrived are: majority of the respondents are satisfied with their present houses and residential environment, perception of neighbourhood is largely determined by safety, availability of facilities, quality of residential environment, residential preference is not determined solely by socio-economic variables and that the study has both theoretical and practical implications. The theoretical implication rests on the need for the development of sense of place of study while the practical implication exposes the need for preference studies before planning housing and residential areas. Finally, there is the need for involvement of housing and environment consumers in issues relating to housing policy and environmental planning so as to achieve optimality in planning.

 



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Keywords: Housing Quality, Residential Environment, Traditional African city

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