High rise housing is characterized by two major factors-height and number of people-each of which play a role in the image created and each of which are associated with advantages and disadvantages. The purpose of this study was to compare the image of high rise housing which emerges from the literature with the image and experience of high rise living as reported within a particular physical, social and cultural context-that of Israel. Three hundred and forty four individual, structured interviews were conducted with middle-class women living in buildings from four to 20 storeys high. Data are presented on their image of high rise housing; their experience of specific aspects: such as crowding, neighbor relations, childrens' outdoor play; and their general satisfaction with the building. On the whole the results indicate that these Israeli respondents' experience does not correspond to the image of high rise housing as portrayed in much of the literature. Their image is a function of their experience, which in turn is a function of the interaction between their own personal characteristics (particularly stage in the life cycle) and the height of the building-within a particular socio-cultural context.
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However, more recently there have been a number of studies which have not supported this negative image--finding high levels of satisfaction (Zito, 1974), and good neighbor relations and attainable privacy (Michelson, 1977; Mackintosh et al., 1977; This research was supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation received through the Israel Foundation Trustees.