|M.Sc Thesis||Department of Architecture and Town Planning|
The design of new residential areas, which are to be build in Israel, for new immigrants from former Soviet Union, is largely based on existing housing programming, and building types.
The purpose of this study was to explore the specific needs of the immigrants population and pointed out possible design indications.
The study is based on the hypothesis that the meaning people invest in a place, determines to a large extent, the way they experience the spatial conditions of the place.
We, therefore attempted to explore the meaning invested by the immigrants in their home environment.
The research involved two stages. The first, individual in-depth interviews with a sample of 32 participants, in which open techniques were used: Repertory Grid, Sorting Task and Location Task, as well as a questionnaire. The second, a Forced Choice questionnaire, based on the data that emerged in the first stage, was applied to a sample of 150 new immigrants. They were also asked to choose among a variety of design alternatives.
The emerging results indicates that the immigrants relate to their future home environments in a dynamic way: As having core layer of basic needs (which they compare to their past conditions in the Soviet Union), and a peripheral layer of future expectations for change and improvements toward an essentially urban affluent environment, in which they have available both the individual and family seclusion provided by a terrace house type of home with minimal private grounds and the elaborated social relation of an intensive urban surrounding.