Renovation and Rehabilitation for Heritage Villages

An Adaptive reuse project for Umm Qais heritage village in Jordan to redefine the historical story of the site and provide a prototype that can be repeated in other villages as a new approach for sustainable planning.
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Designer(s) : Hamza Ahmad Al Bustanji & Ahmad Mohammed AL-Kasasbeh

University : Al Balqa Applied University

Tutor(s) : Dr.Maisa Ali Alshomali

Adaptive reuse of heritage villages in Jordan as an approach for sustainable development by transforming these villages into a hub for work, production, and innovation for products and services by transforming the villages into centres for research and product innovation, testing, and marketing at the village level and then if successful into manufacturing and supply chains, which will turn the village into a commercial And tourist attraction that is connected by transportation to the city centre, that will activate the TOD principles, which contributes to the establishment of a residential neighbourhood surrounding the village in which its workers live, and in a way that stimulates sustainable ways to move by walking and using bicycles at the internal level and public transportation to move towards the city and thus activating a mini-style for a resilient city. We worked on this vision at the planning, urban and architectural levels in our theoretical approach, and then we chose umm Qais village in Irbid as a prototype. we worked on a new theoretical adaptive land use for the historical village based on its history in different periods and redesign the experience to visit the site to be a time-travelling story and translated that into three paths the main path is the civilizations path as well as recommending a new land use for the Hoshes(umm Qais village buildings) to be RD&I units for the new version of cultural products.

his improvement work includes 4 main parts:

1- rehabilitation of the Gadara wall to be the main entrance to the historical site and the creation of a new visitor centre.

2- Adaptive reuse for hosts.

3- renovation (reconstruction in a new way) for Gadara theatre is damaged to be a library.

4- Gadara hotel in the view of Tabarya lake