|M.Sc Student||Hacohen Orly|
|Subject||Evaluation of Project Renewal Program for Self-Help Externa|
|Department||Department of Architecture and Town Planning||Supervisor||Professor Emeritus Naomi Carmon|
In 1977, Israel launched a national project for the renewal of areas of urban distress based on a comprehensive approach to physical and social rehabilitation. One of the programs initiated by the project was “Do it yourself “renovation (D.I.Y) - a self-help program for the external renovation of residential buildings. This study evaluated the degree of success achieved by the DIY program by comparing it with a parallel renovation program carried out by public housing companies. The two methods are distinguished largely by degree of the residents' involvement in the renewal process.
A comparative examination was made of the achievement of goals which were the basis of both namely: improvements in housing conditions, greater responsibility improvement in neighborhood image efficacy of the program.
The findings indicate that the institutionalized method had a clear advantage in terms of the extent and quality of the renovation carried out. Whilst the DIY program was more successful in achieving higher levels of resident satisfaction with their building and improved residents' responsibility towards the maintenance of renovated buildings no significant difference was found in residents' attitude towards the neighborhood image.
The main conclusions of the study highlight the positive influence of exterior renovation on overall neighborhood appearance. The self-help renovation project (DIY) was shown to have offered certain advantages, as well as potential for more significant contributions in the future. To realize this potential some specific changes regarding funding and technical assistance are suggested.