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Urban open space transition and management in Lagos, Nigeria

Joseph Adeniran Adedeji (Department of Architecture, The Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria.)
Joseph Akinlabi Fadamiro (Department of Architecture, The Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria.)

Management of Environmental Quality

ISSN: 1477-7835

Article publication date: 14 September 2015




The poor outdoor quality of highly populated third-world cities is a consequence of the misuse of public open spaces as refuse dumps and for informal trading activities. This describes the situation of Lagos metropolis before the present political will that has infused great landscaping transition into the cityscape. However, the challenges of maintenance are germane to the sustainability of these landscape products. The purpose of this paper is to assess the quality and characteristics of the landscapes that have undergone transition and to formulate a framework for maintenance strategies.


The study objectively evaluates the physical qualities of 22 randomly selected sites that have undergone transition through on-site assessment and photographic recording. The management regimes were subjectively studied to appraise the level of their effectiveness and to guide future strategies. This was carried out by collecting the opinions of 130 selected government officials in charge of maintaining the spaces with the aid an interview guide.


Analyses of the data revealed rich values of the landscapes and management strategies in favour of a public-private partnership. It recommends public open space transformation for recreational activities in cities as a vital means of enhancing urban living and city outlooks.

Practical implications

The study concludes with formulation of sustainable management framework for the landscapes and argues in its favour. It thus has policy implications on the maintenance of urban open spaces that have undergone transition in Lagos and Nigeria at large.


The study was carried out in May 2011. Its significance lies in its capacity of enhancing the quality of urban open spaces through appropriate policy formulation of management regimes.



Adedeji, J.A. and Fadamiro, J.A. (2015), "Urban open space transition and management in Lagos, Nigeria", Management of Environmental Quality, Vol. 26 No. 6, pp. 951-965.



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