University : University of Jordan
Tutor(s) : Dr. Saleem Daharbreh
As a city of two realities, Amman is a very urgent case for Segregation, alienation, individual isolation, and deprivation phenomena. The growing socio-economic polarization segregates the city into zones of affluent “west” and poverty “east”. Eastern Amman (which includes downtown) is home to the urbanized poor and deprived neighbourhoods. In Ras AlAin particularly the fragmented urban fabric and spatial inequalities are very clear phenomena that are growing dramatically in the context, shaping poor relationships between people and their surroundings. Although the area is considered one of the very active sites in Amman with the cultural strip of GAM at the core and residential buildings occupying the mountains.
The main purpose of the project is to look down on the deprived neighbourhoods of Ras Al’Ain, negotiate their needs, and understand their alternative modes of living, to give individuals and craftspeople the ability to be empowered and recognized in society with a strong sense of ownership and participation.
The fountain plaza has a huge potential due to its location as a transitional space between two different domains, “Talal st and Ali bin Abi Taleb st”, which creates a perfect position not only for economic means but also for socio-cultural interactions.
The idea is to re-stitch the gap between people and their surroundings, as well as connect both sides of Ras Alain mentally and physically by creating an intermediate platform that embraces textile professions and puts this tradition in evolution, helping the community to be involved and recognized. Also anticipating the plaza to be a meeting point for a collective life proposes a role model for BRT stations to be extended beyond being merely a space of transport.
Intervention is dismantled into the events which are the conditions of the community and their patterns, the space where the site is located and its urban scale relations, and The movement of the passengers, local pedestrians, and tourists as they are penetrating the plaza. Abstract mediation is a strategy that organizes events, spaces, and movement in intermediary order upon the site. Lightness, adaptability, and continuity are the key concepts for abstract mediation to take place on the plaza.
The program is divided into three categories:
1-The plaza is considered as an urban void that opened up for different scenarios and events. The café, waiting area, and WC are provided as public amenities to serve passengers.
2- The vertical market is a new typology which is introduced in the context of acting as an activity generator, characterized by its duality of permanence and ephemerality. The market is a layer added to the plaza that represents the local identity of Ras- Al`ain and responds to the question of tourism more locally, also adds both cultural and economic values to the site.
3- The training centre was placed on the vacant land that is attached to the community, to create a space that is part of the community and acts as a threshold to the plaza and the market.
A tailor atelier is considered a personal space where tailors can work, meet with customers and show their works. It’s a highly open space with a flat hierarchy among tailors. The shared iron, cutting room, and materials storage and the collaborative process between tailor and designers promote a sense of inclusion, collectivity, and recognition.
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