KUKU TRADITIONAL ARCHITECTURE

ABSTRACT

‘Going back to the beginning’. This is a common phrase used by many a transcendent individuals. It means going back to the basic principles of things. Architecture worldwide seeks to provide shelter, make a mark, de ne space for a myriad of reasons. Architecture and infrastructure in many countries is used as a determinant of how progressive and how developed a country is. While seeking to iden fy themselves with devel- oped rst world countries, many developing countries especially in Africa adapt the modern concept of architecture exhibited by rst world countries, forge ng the contextual di erences of the con nents. This leads to erec on of buildings that say nothing about its people, context, climate and region of its loca on.

In response to the above unfortunate reality, this research paper seeks to go back to the basics of construc on in developing countries, to learn form our fore fathers who independently determined their dwelling spaces that respected its people, context, climate and region. While it is true tradi onal architecture o ers li le solu on to modern day architectural needs, the basics of tradi onal design remain useful in to- day’s modern context through reinterpreta on of the design principles. The Author looks at a case of a tribe whose architecture has not been documented. Upon documenta on, it is the Author’s hope that today’s and future genera ons may nd the data recorded to be a useful tool in designing for modern day architectural needs while considering the principles laid by tradi onal architecture.

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