RESPONSE OF TRADITIONAL ARCHITECTURE TO MODERNISM IN NIGERIA: A CHRONOLOGICAL EXPLORATION OF IGALA RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE
This research presents a comprehensive exploration of the impact of modernism on Igala architecture, tracing its evolution from pre-colonial times to the contemporary era. Employing a chronological and narrative approach, the study utilized archival research, field surveys, and interviews with local professionals, indigenous elders, and environmental experts to investigate the transformative effects of modernism on Igala architecture. Although limited by unavailable population data and a vast geographical spread, historical records and engagement with the study area provide valuable insights into the interplay between modernism and Igala building practices. The arrival of European colonizers in the nineteenth century disrupted indigenous traditions, leading to a fusion of European architectural styles with traditional Igala residential designs. This research highlights the resilience of the Igala people in preserving their architectural heritage. It serves as a crucial resource for architects, historians, and cultural preservationists, emphasizing the importance of preserving indigenous architectural practices amidst rapid globalization.
Igala. Igala Architecture. Traditional Architecture. Nigeria Architecture. Building Pattern. Colonization. Transformation. European Architecture.