Strategies for the Development of Integrated Infill Buildings in Historic Contexts

  • Mohammed Aliyu Federal Polytechnic Mubi, Adamawa, Nigeria.
Keywords: Infill buildings, Historic contexts, Responsible neighborhood


Rapid urbanization, westernization, and modernization that are taking place have great impacts on life-style and the material culture of the people around. ‘Infill buildings development;’ its simplest manifestation is the organization or re-development of parcel land that has been bypassed and still vacant and underutilized as a result of the progressing processes. Infill development can happen everywhere, it can be parcel of land that is underutilized compared to the surroundings such as urban areas, village settings or areas with large lot of developments. Infill building is also a part of mixed-use land development, is the concept that is mostly use in housing strategies to provide affordable housing or to solve demand for some various types of buildings development. However, historic contexts which gives info about the historic trends or history of certain locality usually faced problems due to the growth in population and high increasing demands of the infill buildings in conjunctions with lack of proper designs. Today, professionals such as architects, planners, builders as well as concerned politicians in most of the regions are working towards the improvement of historic contexts, by expanding and increasing the density of the existing areas to create good walk-able neighborhoods that respect each other. Although some still assumed there is a problem in preserving historic places and boosting the historic densities. Moreover, proper integrated infill buildings in historic contexts represents us with sustainable developments, economic and cultural growths, as well as social and environmental opportunities. Consequently, using the literature survey as method of generating data, this paper will theoretically discuss the effective strategies and concepts for the development of integrated infill buildings in any historic contexts. The paper will also explore responsible infill buildings development in the historic contexts. While exploring the strategies, the discussions include best ways to maintain the historic contexts and also ways of embracing the existing contexts through infill buildings development.


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