Integrated Approach Vital to Home-Based Enterprises’ Survival
A study by two faculty members of Covenant University has revealed that an integrated approach, involving the use of design and planning strategies by housing designers and urban planners, is needed to integrate Home-Based Enterprises (HBEs) with domestic spaces while mitigating their potential negative effects on the environment, economy and society.
Dr. Eziyi Ibem and Dr. Cynthia Adeokun, both of the Department of Architecture, had in their study titled, ‘Home-Based Enterprises: Implications for Housing and Urban Planning in Nigeria’, acknowledged that there was increasing recognition of the role HBEs play in the socio-economic development of cities in developing countries. But there appeared to be a limited understanding of how housing designers and urban planners can provide support for HBEs in developing countries to help ensure their survival, they submitted.
After using data derived from two separate surveys in the urban areas of the states of Osun and Ogun, Nigeria, to examine the prevalence of HBEs, the researchers found out that despite the differences in educational and cultural capital, the use of domestic dwellings for small-scale commercial activities remains a prevailing component of housing in the study area.