Urban Morphology and Qualitative Topology: Open Green Spaces in High-Rise Residential Developments

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Urban Morphology and Qualitative Topology: Open Green Spaces in High-Rise Residential Developments


  • Efrat Eizenberg Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion—Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
  • Orly Sasson Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion—Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
  • Mor Shilon Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion—Israel Institute of Technology, Israel


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Abstract:  High-rise housing complexes (HRHCs) are a prominent trend in urban development. They generate new configurations of open green spaces, thus creating a new set of human-environment relations and a new constellation of urban landscapes. However, little attention has been devoted by the literature to these new spatial configurations and the urban experience they offer. Focusing on the spaces between buildings, this research article examines the urban morphology of these large urban developments and how they are being experienced by residents. Based on morphological analysis, we propose a set of outputs with which to discern and evaluate various characteristics of these new spaces. Namely, a typology of HRHCs complexes, three evaluation indexes, and a green/gray nolli map. Drawing on morphological analysis, the research discusses the role of green spaces of HRHCs in the experience of residents. We portray different tensions arising from the residents’ experience based on walking interviews and propose how these tensions are connected to the morphology of space. Juxtaposing the morphological and qualitative topological analyses, we focus on the way that different planning aspects of HRHCs’ open spaces might foster everyday use and function as well as attitudes and feelings.

Keywords:  high-rise housing; large urban developments; green open space; urban morphology

Published:   21 November 2019


DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/up.v4i4.2276


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