The research on the impact of the physical environment in the high rise residential complex on the local inhabitants’ meeting place

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Due to the scarcity of the land resource, more and more new development or redevelopment in China takes high rise as its building form. The large-scale development of the high rise residential complex has dramatically changed the urban fabric and the daily lifestyle of many Chinese inhabitants, particularly the way by which inhabitants meet together. The paper attempts to evaluate how the shift of the physical environment affects the mode of the inhabitants’ behavior in the public meeting space. Based on the case of Houxiandaicheng, a typical residential complex in Beijing with the distinctive varieties of the layout of the high rise building clusters, the paper first describe the general features of the inhabitants’ daily life in their leisure time and maps the features of the daily activities of the residents in the meeting place. Then it illustrates the relation between open place and the flat location of each inhabitant who plays in the outsider place and analyzes the correlation between the features of the open space and social relation based on the site. The study finds that there is a weak correlation between the size of the meeting place and the social behavior and neighborhood relationship; but a high-positive correlation between the types of the meeting place and the social behavior and neighborhood relationship; the quality of the meeting place has some impacts on the social behavior and neighborhood relationship, but the quality is not the decisive factor in the high rise residential complex. Besides the literature examination, the research methodology primarily consists of site observation, interview, behavior mapping and social network analysis.
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