Location and Relocation of Class an Office Users: Case Study in the Metropolitan CBD of Tel-Aviv

  • Baruch A. Kipnis University of Haifa
Keywords: Prime Office Users, Class A Office Towers, Postindustrial, Location Factors, Urban Agglomerations


Urban centers of advanced 'postindustrial' service economies have evinced swift office construction which has completely altered their work environment and skylines. Using the CBD of metropolitan Tel-Aviv, Israel's largest metropolis as a case study, the paper explores and evaluates the spatial distribution, territorial specialization, and the locational and relocation factors of office firms, located in newly built class A office towers. The hypotheses posited for the analysis are confirmed, revealing that the spatial expansion of the CBD into three sub-centers has resulted in territorial clustering of office firms according to their function and main activity. The list of the office firm's location factors is headed by the image of the tower, accessibility, and the efficiency of the tower's 'core' services. Next in magnitude is the proximity of the office firm to its clients, to other office outlets with whom it conducts joint work efforts, and to institutions. The least important factor is rent, indicating that once a firm is satisfied with its location, it is ready to pay almost any reasonable rent. Future research avenues are explored.


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