Amole, Dolapo. "Typological Analysis of Students' Residences," in ArchNet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research, vol. 1, issue 3 (2007).
This paper describes the typological characteristics of students’ residences in Nigerian Universities. It asserts that this approach is useful because it provides insight into the architect’s thought processes, design culture and because it provides a typological dimension to the evaluation of buildings–in–use. Based on the concept of type as an abstraction and a logical principle guiding design, a morphological approach to typological analysis was conducted using twenty selected halls of residence in Nigeria. The results of the analysis revealed the general characteristics and five typologies of halls of residence. The analysis showed that students’ residential facilities could be aptly described as low-rise structures comprising corridor-accessed bedrooms organized hierarchically around service cores. The five typologies, which emerged, gave insight to the design culture of the architects by revealing the elements, which they manipulated in the design of these facilities. Finally the paper discussed the importance of examining typological characteristics of these residences.