Course Description

This course explores the effects of Nigeria’s fast rising urban population on the quality of life of urban residents, and the influence that urban planning (or the lack of it) has in shaping Nigerian cities, improving or worsening urban life. The course will delve into the historical structure of Nigerian cities and towns, post-colonial approaches to urban planning, and the organic/informal development and expansion of cities. These will enrich students to contextually envision more sustainable urban planning and management for Nigerian cities.

Course curriculum

  1. 01

  2. 02
    • Module Seven Lecture

Course Objective

This course equips students with a comprehensive understanding of the dynamic interplay between Nigeria’s urbanization and the intricate factors influencing urban life. It will provide information on tools sourced from traditional planning and design paradigms that can solve urban problems today – particularly related to housing, mobility, public spaces, and governance. Students will develop the skills to critically analyze and envision sustainable urban planning solutions for Nigerian cities and contribute meaningfully to urbanism discourse and its implications for the future.

Course Topics

  1. Introduction: Urbanization in Nigeria and its Effects
  2. Housing in Nigerian Cities
  3. Achieving Sustainable Urban Mobility in Nigeria
  4. The Value of Active Public Spaces
  5. Inclusive Urban Governance
  6. Visualizing the Nigerian Urban Utopia

Course Texts & References

Hull, Richard W. African cities and towns before the European conquest. Norton. 1976.

Coquery-Vidrovitch, Catherine, The history of African cities south of the Sahara: from the origins to colonization. Markus Wiener Publishers, 2005.

Elamé, Esoh (Eds). Sustainable Intercultural Urbanism at the Service of the African City of Tomorrow (Chapters 1 and 2). ISTE Ltd, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2022.


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