Effects of Information Technology Facilities on the Urban Environment: A Comparative Study of Lagos Island and Victoria Island, Lagos

Real Proceedings, Corp
2011 unpublished
Information technology is the term used to refer collectively to all forms of communication related technology. An urban area is characterized by a high population density, professional personnel as well as cooperates firms with a high level of civilization and cultural diffusion. The prevailing trend in the purview of information technology, which is often referred to as a revolution, is most observable in the urban areas. In the light of the above, the study examines the effects of
more » ... fects of information technology on urban land use using Victoria Island and Lagos Island, Lagos as case studies. This study explores the present status of the information technology concept in Nigeria with specific emphasis on the field of urban and regional planning. Theories and models of urban spatial and land use structure were analyzed in the study. Data were also collected through primary source and analysed through the use of descriptive and inferential statistical techniques. Hypotheses result reveales that there is a comparative level of IT in both Lagos Island and Victoria Island. The study reveales the prevalence of informal economic activities, a distortedly congested urban skyline, a changing trend of physical development. It also identified two reasons why IT firms locate in area as some of the effects of IT on urban land use. It however concludes that there exist a variety of communication modes in Lagos Island and Victoria Island which include fax, telephone of various forms, internet services among others. The study recommends the need for IT consideration by urban planners and policy makers in future land use plans of the study areas. It also advocates for proper control of IT related advertisement to enhance their contributions to urban environmental quality in term of aesthetics as well as the provision of planned schemes for the informal sector due. Effects of Information Technology Facilities on the Urban Environment: A Comparative Study of Lagos Island and Victoria Island, Lagos
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