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Mgbakoigba: Journal of African Studies

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The creative environments of human beings and animals: who is the architect and what is architecture?

Bons N. Obiadi, A.O. Onochie, Peter Umo Uduak

Abstract


linear definition of Architecture may never be possible given the ample ramifications of Architecture as a discipline that straddles diverse human experience. A lot of the definitions were based on interests, foci, techniques and materials and the profession of architecture appears to have been cornered by few individuals and groups, qualified as “architects” based on legal interpretation of the word, even when they may not be enhancing the profession. It can be argued that Architecture is not a business, nor a career, but a crusade and a consecration to a joy that justifies the existence of the earth, but its primary concern remains the design and construction of buildings, the style in which a building is designed and constructed, and the complex structure of something. It is both a process and a product. It is a derivative as well as the process of planning, designing and constructing forms, spaces and the corresponding accommodating ambience. However, these definitions do not include the animal and other creative works of architecture. Architecture is broad and all-encompassing: the works of animals, auto-mechanics’ reconstruction works, hair designers and their designs, among others. However, these works of architecture have often been excluded and unduly undermined in the definitions of architectural works despite the fact that animal architecture constitute part of most communities’ tourist parks and centers. This paper hopes to engage this interesting perspectives that border on definitions.

Keywords: Architecture, birds, hair, infrastructure, growth, development, buildings




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