Neighbourhood Open space As Cultural Heritage Value in Multi-ethnic Community of South-West Nigeria
Keywords:Neighbourhood Open space, Market square, Ethnic Tribes, Nigeria.
Neighbourhood open space such as market square (Oja), plays significant roles in the lives of the rural residents in every continent in which South-West region of Nigeria is not an exceptional. This study aimed at exploring the interpretations of this peculiar open space in the context of socio-cultural background of its occupants. The study is underpinned by â€œplace meaningâ€ and â€œsymbolic cultural valueâ€ theories. The methodology adopted involved a quantitative approach, using survey questionnaires as instrument. The results revealed as significant difference in the ethnic residentsâ€™ perception associating with cultural heritage value. Â This is an indication that both ethnics cherish their past history, events, and indigenous heritage which market square in their neighbourhood symbolises. This is a recommended tool for allied professionals in built environment in formulation of design decision.
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