University : university of Jordan
Tutor(s) : Dr. Nancy Al Assaf
The expansion and development of complex infrastructures have spatially separated the environment of consumption from the resource bases that sustain it. The exponential exhaustion of natural resources and declining productivity leading to air, land and water pollution forces us to rethink our economic models. Where do we go from here? The automotive industry is probably the largest business in the world and is considered to be the major source of consumer spending, making it the primary source of solid waste around the world when a car is no longer useful as a means of transportation it will get disposed of in a junkyard.
In the middle of North Marka, a town located in Amman, Jordan, we find a gap ( scrap yard ) that tears the city and divides its urban context of it where residential neighbourhoods sprawl around it, making it an inconvenient spot for the residents of Marka and a source of hazards, pollution, noise, and unethical behaviour. Marka’s location as a connection between Zarqa and the Center of Amman acts as an important point in addressing this project as a beginning of change. Marka is hosting one of the biggest scrap yards in Jordan with an area of 2,009,763.4. still expanding on the interest of the residential areas around it.