|M.Sc Student||Galit Broyer|
|Subject||The Appropriateness of Buildings Over 20 Storeys High for|
Middle Class Residents
|Department||Department of Architecture and Town Planning||Supervisor||Professor Emeritus Churchman Arza|
This thesis explores and outlines the emerging patterns of tall building development and examines their suitability for middle class inhabitants. This is pertinent in light of questions that have arisen regarding the ability of members of the middle class to undertake the necessary financial obligations required for the maintenance of the expensive systems found in such buildings. The research examines the attitudes and satisfaction of 80 women residing in buildings of 21-24 stories located in Kiryat Motzkin in respect to living in tall buildings. It analyses the correlation between the intensity of the relations between neighbors in the building, their general level of satisfaction with living in the building, level of maintenance and cleanliness, levels of privacy and crowding, child rearing practices - on the one hand - and demographic, socio-economic variables, length of residence, building height and inhabited floor number - on the other hand. In addition, the research examined whether there were changes over a period of years in resident' attitudes towards their living conditions, by comparing this study with two previous Israeli studies. The results indicate that residential buildings of 21-24 floors may be appropriate for middle class populations with characteristics resembling those encountered in the study. This, on condition of finding the proper solution to the maintenance problem in these buildings. Furthermore, the suitability of high-rise buildings for their residents and for families with small children in particular, can be increased by locating such buildings in a diversified environment with immediate access to local public services, commercial services, open public spaces, transportation and a variety of children’s playgrounds located within a reasonable walking distance, far from endangering roads, and whose location permits easy communication between parent and child.