Assessing innovation: Dynamics of high-rise development in an Israeli city

Almagor, J. , Benenson, I. and Alfasi, N. (2018) Assessing innovation: Dynamics of high-rise development in an Israeli city. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science, 45(2), pp. 253-274. (doi:10.1177/0265813516671311)

Full text not currently available from Enlighten.


Urban models serve as laboratories, providing researchers with the opportunity to assess the impact of a wide range of social and economic processes on the development of a built environment. Novelty and unexpected changes play an essential role in this development, but these are difficult to formalize and imitate. Typically, urban models simulate innovation by introducing stochastic fluctuations of the pre-established development rules. This research offers a methodology for assessing innovation in a developing city and examining its impact on urban development. The methodology is implemented in the Israeli city of Netanya, where urban development is analyzed at a resolution of single buildings over a period of three decades. We recognize two types of innovation: spatial innovation, manifested by leapfrogging residential clusters that establish new development areas; and contextual innovation, manifested by residential clusters that include buildings that are substantially higher than their surroundings. We demonstrate the impact of few innovative residential clusters on urban development in the following decades and highlight the diffusion of innovation in the city.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Almagor, Dr Jonatan
Authors: Almagor, J., Benenson, I., and Alfasi, N.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science
ISSN (Online):2399-8091
Published Online:29 September 2016

University Staff: Request a correction | Enlighten Editors: Update this record