|M.Sc Student||Porat Idan|
|Subject||Spatial Order inside Cities - The Case of Cultural Centers|
in the Tel-Aviv Area
|Department||Department of Architecture and Town Planning||Supervisors||Professor Emeritus Lucien Ben-Guigui|
|Professor Daniel Czamanski|
This research attempts to characterize the urban order of cultural centers (C.C.) in the Tel Aviv metropolis. Cultural centers were chosen for exploring the spatial order in cities because they have become an important tool in urban development. In the first part of the research, we analyze the location of C.C. using spatial statistics methods, such as the nearest neighbor analysis and all distances analysis.
Theaters, cinemas and concert halls in the Tel-Aviv metropolitan area were mapped. Spatial analyses revealed that the C.C. are clustered. The structure found was similar to the density and the discernment of the residential area.
Same methods were used to test the densest central part of the metropolis and found the C.C. in this area to be clustered as well.
In the second part of the research, we seek the reasons for the distribution observed in the center of the city. Distribution of the C.C. is analyzed by type, property tax zones (PTZ) and audience survey is carried out.
We found that the spatial distribution has functional reasons. The large C.C. are located in the expensive PTZ, the cinemas- in the medium PTZ, and the small C.C. - in the lower PTZ. The survey shows differences in the characteristics of the audience visiting each area.
The possible reasons for the clustering phenomenon are the city policy and the economic forces which are represented by the property tax. We consider the location of C.C. to be an important issue, especially due to the growing part of C.C. in the process of urban re-generation.