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THE Lagos State Polytechnic has called on the Nigerian Government to resuscitate the Yoruba indigenous architecture, saying such a step will help to build a sustainable environment more than the best 3-D.

This was the core of discussion at the 28th inaugural lecture of the institution which was titled, ‘Sustaining the future through the rejected cornerstone: A semiotic approach to Yoruba-African architecture’.

The lecture was delivered by Dean, School of Environmental Studies, Mr Ajibade Adeyemo.

Adeyemo in his insightful lecture said the African architecture remained a veritable instrument for the enrichment of architecture, adding that the use of indigenous materials in building were also cheaper and affordable.

“Our traditional materials should be fashioned with available materials to meet the needs of the people, promote social inclusion as well as suit the environmental condition harmoniously to reverse the present dominance of external influences.

“There is the need to look inwards to be able to appreciate the rich potentials of the Yoruba-African architecture. It is necessary to unlearn and remove the wrong notion of loss of belief in self and deliberate demonising of our indigenous heritage.

“Resuscitate the Yoruba indigenous architecture that developed to the point of perfection and exhaustion before declining to eventual decay and extinction,” he said.

Adeyemo maintained that the path of promoting the indigenous architecture remained rough for lack of support from stakeholders.

“Yoruba common statements create pictures of realities and encourage a sustainable built environment more than the best 3-D drawing can, and this cannot be wished away.

“It is brainwashing to believe that everything about us is bad and this makes us condemn and abandon some beauties in our indigenous built environment.

“The situation, however, is so because all of us and not just that the government have been permanently deceived to see the good only in the environment created by foreign culture contacts,” Adeyemo added.

He further explained that the indigenous African architecture was something the future could be built upon if indigenous built environment best practices were used.

The acting Rector, Mr. Olumide Metilelu, also called for look in to the use of indigenous materials in building while he appreciated the effort of Adeyemo in bringing to fore such an important subject matter in architecture.

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