Mbari Centre Enugu( a cultural centre in Nigeria)
Mazi, Onwuchekwa A. I.
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The basis of this study stems from an interest in preserving the culture of the Ibo people of Nigeria, and the conviction that cultural exchanges through dances promote understanding and unity between different groups of people. The study presented an opportunity to look at some short comings in existing cultural centres, and to design a specific scheme within this sensitive area. The study is therefore primarily concerned with the planning and design of a Cultural Centre in Enugu. Although the main area of the design thesis is focused on the physical side of the centre design, in the process the case study involves a research into the social problems of Enugu as a town and Uwani as an estate, and a study of the cultural beliefs and aspirations of the Ibos. The first stage in the exercise was to make a thorough physical study of Enugu. Four estates were identified for this centreo Priorities in selecting a site were based on such parameters as population, proximity to other estates, availability of public and social facilities and possibility of acquiring land. Uwani was selected because of its large population, and lack of such facilities like play areas, library, social hall, and the intense commercial activities that take place within the estates. It is hoped that the centre will provide those amenities for use by inhabitants of Uwani and also act as a nucleus for promoting the culture of the Ibo people of Nigeria. Having selected the site a study was made of the environments, site planning, townscape and site study. Materials for the construction were chosen from those available in the state. Their choice was based on availability, durability, labour and cost