This paper reports the results of comparative study on two different types of donated post disaster housing projects after Java 2006 earthquake relate to residents’ perception, evaluation and activities of their outdoor spaces. One project is located at New Ngelepen, Yogyakarta where residents were relocated to a new type of settlement and given fixed design post-disaster housing, which drastically differed from their Javanese vernacular dwellings and settlement. Another project is located at Tembi village, Yogyakarta where the residents were given more flexible design post disaster housing and rebuilt on their original settlement. Outdoor spaces in both residential settings function as essential places for the residents daily and community activities were observed. Place-centered behavior mapping was conducted by observations on random days (weekday and holidays) between 8 AM and 8 PM. volunteers observed the residents’ activities by walking a specific route within 15 minutes interval and documenting the types of behaviors, age and sex, location, estimated time, and number of people on diagrams and maps. Questionnaires and structured-interview were also conducted.The purpose of this study is to understand how the residents response to the changes of their dwelling environment by analyzing their behavior in their outdoor space as well as the changes to their community activities and their perception and evaluation on the house outdoor and neighborhood space.Results suggest that because of fixed design limitations of the house and its private outdoor space, residents show high level of dissatisfaction, furthermore since it could not facilitate their social activities, therefore neighborhood facilities and streets now have a bigger and more essential role in facilitating social interactions.