Urban spatial configuration and socio-economic residential differentiation: The case of Tel Aviv

Itzhak Omer*, Ran Goldblatt

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This paper compares the effect of two aspects of a city's spatial configuration - spatial separation between areas and dissimilarity in spatial integration between areas - on socio-economic residential differentiation in the city of Tel Aviv, Israel. The integration analysis is based on the space syntax methodological-conceptual framework and focuses on Tel Aviv's core, where the main socio-economic differentiations were identified.Obtained results indicate that socio-economic differentiation between areas correspond mainly with the level of spatial separation or segmentation between areas but much less with the level of dissimilarity characterizing their spatial integration. The empirical findings can be considered innovative in light of the fact that space syntax studies dealing with social differentiation in cities usually focus solely on spatial integration patterns.The research findings nonetheless support the theoretical understanding that the urban environment's spatial configuration provides a fundamental condition for the creation and preservation of urban social residential differentiation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-185
Number of pages9
JournalComputers, Environment and Urban Systems
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2012


  • City's spatial configuration
  • Space syntax
  • Spatial integration
  • Street network
  • Urban socio-economic residential differentiation


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