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Title:Some factors militating against the effective application of climatological ideas to building design and urban planning in tropical Africa
Author:Adebayo, Y.R.
Periodical:Journal of Eastern African Research and Development
Notes:biblio. refs., ills.
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
urban planning
Art, Architecture, Music, Drama
Climatic influence
Building design
City planning
Abstract:This paper examines the factors which form the bedrock for the implementation of climatological ideas by architects and urban planners in tropical Africa. First, the physical, especially atmospheric factors on which climate-sensitive design in tropical Africa is based are considered. Next, sociocultural and economic factors which influence the mode of urbanization, building design and urban planning are discussed. These include patterns of population distribution, external (Western, Islamic) influences on African architecture, official policies, poverty. Special attention is given to some factors which are hindering the attainment of climate-sensitive design in tropical Africa: the economic power of multinationals, the increasing number of slums due to poverty, and inadequacies on the part of planning authorities. In conclusion, a brief review of relevant literature is presented. Bibliogr., sum.