M.Sc Thesis

M.Sc StudentDychtwald Shlomit
SubjectThe Effect of Housing Extensions on the Street and the
Residential Environment
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture and Town Planning
Supervisor PROFESSOR EMERITUS Rachel Kallus


This research examines the effect of housing extensions, on the appearance and functioning of the urban public space in the Rambam neighborhood in Tirat Carmel.

The study is based on two perspectives: the proffesional one and that of the residents. The professional investigation showed that the housing extensions created a variety of  physical characteristics, generating a feeling of disharmony and disunity. The questioning of the residents showed that their view of the urban public space in the Rambam neighborhood, following the housing extensions, is similar to the professional viewpoint. But, although the residents are not satisfied with the appearance and the functioning of the urban public space in their neighborhood, they are very satisfied with their own private spaces.

The research main results point to the negative effect of  the housing extensions on the street and the residential environment in the Rambam neighborhood, both in terms of appearance and in terms of functionality. The physical characteristics of the housing extensions seem to be influenced by the master plan and its design control mechanisms, the physical structure of the neighborhood, and the involvement of the proffesionals.

The research recommendations address the ways in which planning activites are able to reduce the negative effects of the housing extensions on the appearance and functionality of the street and the residential environment. The recommendations are concerned with the development of appropriate planning guides, with the protection of tolerance and freedom in executing housing extensions while protecting urban quality, with the influence of professionals on the housing extension process, with the protection of appropriate balance between private, common and public spaces, and with the organization of the residents for a joint planning and construction of housing extensions.