The ARCHIFUSE is an annual event initiated by the student body under the auspices of the Society of Architecture Students (SAS). As the name implies, it is a fusion architectural education and practice; and seeks to create a platform where architects in practice share their uncommon experiences with architectural educators and the students of architecture. ARCHIFUSE is usually a week long programme event featuring talk shows, counselling, seminars, exhibitions, awareness campaigns, design competitions and excursion/tours. It provides an avenue where students can freely ask questions related to architectural practice, requirements for membership of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA), registration with the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON) and prospects in architecture as a profession and vocation. Due the success recorded in the past editions of this event it is now recognized as a University event and given a slot in the University annual calendar.
The first Town and Gown seminar for 2016 was held on Thursday January 28th, at the CST conference Room. The guest speaker (presenter) being Arc. Oluwole Adebayo, the principal partner of Wole Adebayo and Associates. The topic of the seminar is – Climate Change and Architectural Practice in Nigeria: Issues, Challenges and Prospects.
venue: CST Conference Room
Time: 2.00pm prompt
CLIMATE CHANGE AND ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE:
ISSUES, CHALLENGES AND PROSPECTS IN NIGERIA.
ARC. WOLE ADEBAYO, M.arch, mnia.
CEO .PRODEU LTD.
Tel:08067170751 e-mail: email@example.com.
At Town and Gown lecture series of
Department of Architecture, College of technology, Covenant University Idi-Iroko Rd. Ota Ogun State Nigeria on
January 28th 2016
May I seize this opportunity to appreciate the department of architecture, Covenant University for the concern to bridge the world of academics with Practice, I don’t know to what extent the knowledge of climatic change has been imparted on the students of Architecture. But I am quite sure that the lecturers are very much aware of this threat to human existence called climate change. Caused by over exploitation of natural resources and other negative human activities, which may be perceived as sin in the sight of God.
Climate change is a large scale long-term shift in global or regional weather patterns apparent from the mid-20th century onwards and attributed largely to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases thereby resulting in Global warming. There is no doubt that the awareness of the effects of climate change in our world of today is fast gaining ground in Nigeria as can be noted by everyday changes in our environment, in form of unpleasant weather, flooding, draughts, higher temperature, dusty air and various other visible catastrophic experience in Nigeria in the recent times, while this situation is of major concern to the practice of architecture, there arises the need for designers to combat it through improved building design.
Response to climate change compelled the Nigeria architects in practice to engage in concerted efforts of seeking out opportunities of design to reduce the vulnerability of people to climate change impacts, in order to build a climate – resilient society that is able to withstand or recover quickly from the difficult condition caused by the adverse effects of climate change, including climate related hazards and disasters. Over the years, the trend of Nigerian designs has been on energy intensive buildings seen as universal architecture, but the recent quest for energy savings is calling seriously for change in our approach to designs. Architects over the years have reflected on the importance of having good quality environment, hence the quest for values to influence harmonious balance between man and his environment.
The aim of this lecture is to identify how climate change has influenced the practice of Architecture in Nigeria.
Keywords: environmental degradation, sustainability, green building, mitigating measures, preservation