Adaptability and sustainability of public housing in Lagos, Nigeria

  • Adetokunbo Oluwole ILESANMI
Keywords: daptability, built environment, flexibility


This paper examined the concept of adaptability with reference to public housing. The report of a survey research of eight purposively selected public housing schemes in Lagos, Nigeria, provided complimentary empirical basis. Primary data were obtained through questionnaire administration on a sample of 806 household heads, from which 760 questionnaires (94.3%) were returned. The survey revealed that the majority of respondents across house-types rated their housing low in terms of three measures of adaptability: socio-spatial adaptability (73%); socio-economic adaptability (80.1%); and possibility of altering house design (64.3%). The paper discussed issues related to adopting adaptable building systems and concluded on the need for greater consideration of adaptability in public housing provision. This would however require innovative housing delivery systems for the creation of environments that embrace diversity, enhance adaptability, and contribute to sustainability.