باب النجار مخلّع

February 10th, 2008

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طبعاً هذه الصور هي مثال واقعي وفعلي على مقولة باب النجار مخلّع. فبعد موجة الثلج الأخيرة التي غطت مدينة عمّان مؤخراً، سقطت الكثير من المنشآءات المعمارية في مناطق مختلفة. وهذا المدخل المدمر بفعل الثلج يعود إلى مقر إحدى شركات البناء والعقار. وفي كل ثلجة تحدث مثل هذه الحوادث في المدينة.. وهذا يعني أنه مازال أشخاص يمارسون المهنة دون دراسة أو عناية لأسس التصميم الإنشائي.. بالإضافة إلى مبدأ يا زلمة شوف شو أرخص شي وسلكنا… هي كل يوم بتلّج.!

تخّيل لو كان في بني آدم تحت المدخل في الوقت الذي سقط فيه الغطاء!

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We will miss you Abdali!!

July 24th, 2007

The town is in a miss now. No one knows where to go; people are suddenly found themselves forced to go to a different and new place to take a bus or a cab. They need time to adapt even though everyone knew about the change in bus terminal location from a long time ago, but no one expected to be lost and confused like this. No one wanted for this to happen. Everyone lived in denial.

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Al Abdali was not only a bus terminal. It was a culture, a life inside the city. It was a history. Every one in Amman has a special memory in the Abdali. It was a welcoming piazza for all travelers who come to Amman. Maybe students of Yarmouk University and Techno will agree on this with me.

I can’t believe that I am not going to see those corn and beans carts, or I want be able to go to one of those kiosks and ask for boiled coffee. What will happen to those people? What will happen to the heart of Amman…? A living area which was developed over 40 years is simply gone in one day. My Mom asked “What will happen to Friday Market which she used to go there every weekend.

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I saw the new North Terminal center. Regardless of the design, I found it so dry and defensive. Instead of having it in an open flat area where it can be easily accessed from all areas, it was placed on a high platform where a huge wall faces the Jordan Street. The designer of the new transportation hub just ignored 40 years of living habits and culture, ignored the people and just designed the place for busses and taxies. Where is the culture?? I guess we will wait for another 40 years to have a new one.

Abdali future projectI wounder what kind of people or culture that we are going to replace? I don’t think they are going to be the same!!

Dear Maier;
It is so easy to wipe out a culture in one day, but it so hard to recreate one. A spontaneous lifestyle and culture is always going to be different than a created artificial one. No architect or designer will help you to do so.

I don’t know what to say except that I am going to miss Al Abdali. It is now becoming a story for my kids to tell.

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Zaha Hadid

During the Rem Koolhass discussion session, which took place yesterday, a young fresh graduate female architect asked Mr. Koolhass a very challenging question. Why there are no icon or superstar female architects? During thousands of years, you never heard about any famous female architect except Zaha Hadid!! To tell you the truth it’s really weird and challenging question. Although it is known that architecture at universities is dominated by females.

Can anyone give me an explanation? I am not convinced with Mr. Koolhass answer

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Most of you might know from 360east post that Architect Rem Koolhaas has given us a lecture in Al Hussein Cultural Center. Well, I left the office in a hurry and my laptop was still open to watch an architectural icon talking to us face to face.

The organizers of the event used two halls for the lecture and connected them with a video conference system, which by the way took a great compliment from Rem him self.

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The lecture was interesting and useful as expected. But also questions made by the attendance were also expected. I can summaries in general the types of questions into the following categories.

1- Too much philosophical questions
2- Show off or kissing ass questions
3- Stupid questions

But yet you can still have one or two good questions.

What amazed me is that the most important question which I am sure everyone in the hall was asking himself, was not being asked to the speaker. The question am talking about and I’ve heard so many times after the presentation was “why did he cam?” or “how did we bring him here?”

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Anyway… I was so happy to see people from the architectural society which I had never seen for ages. Amazing how people can easily change from the outside. Life can really take you away from all people that you used to see everyday and your life is simply an intersection of more than one life.

I miss the old days, and I miss the architectural ego philosophical sick minded shit that we used to complain about.

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It has been two days since I’m back from Berlin, the mother city of the 20th century architecture. For the first time Sha3teely visited Europe. I had a good time and I enjoyed the advanced civilization and the open culture. It was so great to see a bus comes exactly as it is expected… It was also great to ride on a subway train. It was a pleasure to walk on the green grass or paved roads. I just loved the simple signs on the streets.

Sha3teely went to Berlin with 360east and the Syntaxers “Ahmad Sabbagh”. We attended the Typo2007 conference. The theme of the conference was about music and design. I was so exited and thrilled to see all the sessions. It was so amazing to see the man who designed the DAX font face to face. Or to see the man who designed the Revolver album cover of the Beatles.

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Let me give you a list of things that I’ve learned during the conference.
- Passion is your road for success. You really need to love what you are doing.
- Designers should get their hands dirty. It’s really so important for designers to design things manually from time to time. Design is a craftsmanship too.
- Rules are important… but what the hick, who puts the rules. Have your own rules.
- Open your mind for experimentation… and then find how you can make it useful for others.
- We don’t have a design culture, but we need to build one.
- Design is not a job, it’s a life style.

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There are more things that I’ve learned, not only in design… but also in life. The whole trip was inlighting for me. What makes me envy these people is that all of them follow the law, no one of them above the law. And when you pay your taxes you know the end it’s going to be for the best of all. To tell the truth, I don’t care about freedom or openness as much as I care about justice and equality. These things what makes a country worth for living.

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We also should know that these people didn’t reach that level of modernity in an easy way. The story of Berlin is an example of how much people suffered after the World War II. The story of wall, rebuilding the city and the unification are legend stories from the 20th century. You don’t know how much I felt when I saw building designed by great architects such as Renzo Piano, Norman Foster, Le Corbusier and Alvar Aalto. We only see these things on book or magazines and we dreamed about them when we where student at university. It’s so great to see a dream come true.

At this point I really would like to thank SYNTAX and Ahmad Humeid for giving this chance. And I hope I could translate what I’ve learned into good work and share with the rest of the team.

During 6 days I took over 600 photos for Berlin… Ill try to upload as many as I can to my ikbis account soon.

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Paint Amman with colours

April 29th, 2007

In cooperation with National Paints, the Municipality of Amman started a project of painting houses around poor areas of Amman. I took these photos of painted buildings around the city hall in Ras Al-Ain. I know that painting those houses will not solve all the problems of the neighborhoods. But I believe that it will make them feel good about them self’s. The view now is more like watercolor paint. Therefore I would like to thank the Municipality and National Paints for there efforts.

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قد لا أسميها رؤيا جديدة.. وإنما هي الرؤيا الأولى الشاملة التي يتم دراستها لمدينة عمّان بعد ما يقارب القرن من تأسيسها.

لقد تسنى لي بالأمس أن احضر عرضاً قدمه أمين عمان الجديد المهندس عمر المعاني في قاعة البنك الأردني الكويتي عن المرحل الأولى من التخطيط الشامل لمدينة عمّان. والتي ستمتد لنهاية عام 2008. ولمعلوماتكم فإن ما تم الكشف عنه في الصحف والإعلام هو فقط الجزء الأول من التخطيط الذي يشمل نظام الأبنية العالية فقط. وليس تخطيط المدينة بكاملها وذلك من أجل مراعاة تدفق الاستثمارات العاجلة في المدينة. وفي نهاية عام 2007 سيتم الانتهاء من تخطيط مدينة عمّان ما قبل الضم. ومع نهاية 2008 سيكون المخطط شاملا مناطق الضم وعمّان كلها. ولمزيد من المعلومات فإن مساحة المناطق المضمومة تعادل مساحة عمّان ما قبل الضم. وهي تشمل مناطق مثل سحاب، القويرة والمطار. أي أن مساحة المدينة ستصبح ضعف مساحتها الحالية.

وقد قدّم الأمين عرضاً عن أهم الانجازات التي قامت بها الأمانة ضمن رؤية واضحة تتلخص في أن تصبح عمان مدينة منظمة وذات روح. وقد أعجبتني الكثير من الأفكار والمشاريع التي تنفذ ويتم تنفيذها. مثل تلوين المباني في بعض مناطق عمان الشرقية وتحويل مبنى شركة الدخان في رأس العين إلى دار للأوبرا. كما أعلن الأمين أنه بحلول شهر 7 من هذا العام سيصبح بالإمكان للسيارات التي تحتوي على كمبيوتر من إستعمال أنظمة الـ GBS. كما شرح بعضاً من المشاريع المتعلقة بتظيم إصطفاف السيّارات الجديد المطبق في أحد شوارع عمان والذي يعمل عن طريق دفع الفاتورة من خلال فاتورة الهاتف الخلوي. وكما سيتم العمل على إدخال نظام باصات BRT والذي يعتمد على مبدأ شراء التذكرة قبل الصعود. ووعد الأمين بأن هذه النظام سيعمل ضمن مواعيد محددة ومناطق تحميل وتنزيل محددة وستسير الباصات ضمن مسرب محدد. وسيبدأ إستخدام هذا النظام في البداية ليخدم كارادور عبدون الجديد. وقد ذكر الأمين أنه قد يتم الاستعانة بشرطي داخل كل باص لضمان التزام إن لزم الأمر.

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كما أظهر الأمين بعضاً من صور مشروع تطوير منطقة رغدان وحتى المحطة، حيث يرى الأمين أن هذا المشروع سيكون حلقة الوصل بين عمان الشرقية والغربية. ويقوم على تصميمه المهندسة المعمارية المشهورة زاها حديد. وهناك الكثير الكثير من المشاريع التي قامت وستقوم بها عمان من أجل تحسين الحياة النوعية في المدينة. ومنها على سبيل الذكر لا الحصر.. فكرة الأمانة في إنشاء مسار للمشاه من منطقة الرابع وحتى دوار عبدون وزراعة الوادي أسفل الجسر بالعديد من الأشجار.

أما بالنسبة لشارع المطار، فإن الرؤيا التخطيطية الجديدة له، تقترح أن يكون هذا الشارع مركزاً للمشاريع الرائدة مثل المدن الإعلامية والطبية والترفيهية. وبالنسبة للأمين فإن هذا الشارع يعتبر بوابة للمدينة وليس من الصائب أن يتحول إلى شارع ذي أبنية عالية مما يعطي إنطباعاً مختلفاً عن عمان.

بالنسبة لي، فأنا متفائل جداً بالإدارة الجديدة لهذه الأمانة، ولأول مرّة أحسست أن الأمانة تهتم فعلياً للمشاكل والصعوبات التي نواجهها حتى على مستوى حاويات القمامة. وقد تم تجاهلها لعدة سنين لإعتبارها ليست من الأوليات بالرغم من أنها أصبحت من المآسي التي نشاهدها كل يوم ونعيش معها.

ولكن قد يواجه الأمين الكثير من التحديات والصعوبات، وخصوصاً من المستثمرين الذين تتضارب مصالحهم مع النظرة الشمولية للمدينة. فالنسبة لهم فإن التخطيط الجديد للمدينة سيزيد من تكلفة المشاريع، وستظهر خلف الكواليس صراعات على قضايا ومسائل تتعلق بالاستملاك والتراخيص وما إلى ذلك.

زلكن لنتذكر أن عملية التخطيط واتخاذ القرارات لم يكن من قبل الأمين وحده، وإنما هناك لجنة من الخبرات المحلية، وشركات عالمية قامت وتقوم بدراسة الوضع. وما زالت هناك الكثير من الأمور المعقدة والشائكة يجب حلها. مع العلم بأن التخطيط من الصفر يكون أسهل من تخطيط مدينة عانت الكثير من العشوائية.

من جهة أخرى، بحكم عملي، فقد تسنى لي أيضا مقابلة مدير شركة مياهنا الجديد المهندس كمال الزعبي وتسنى لي أن أحضر بعضاً من الجلسات التي قام بها المدير مع بعض مدراء الأقسام. وقد استبشرت خيراً بهذا الرجل وقدرته على إحداث تغير إيجابي ملموس.

كل هذه الخبرات أحسست بها لأول مرّة، وأنا على قناعة تامة بأن جيلاً جديداً من القادة بدأ بالظهور. وسيمهد الطريق لجيل ريادي قادم من القيادين. سيكون لهم دور كبير في وضع الأردن على خارطة العالم.

وفي النهاية قمت بتحميل الدراسة التي قدمتها الأمانة للمرحلة الأولى من التخطيط، وكانت قد وزعتها الأمانة بعد اللقاء مباشرة. إضغط هنا لتزيل الدراسة.

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Mercedes-Benz Museum

September 26th, 2006

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One of the most amazing architectural projects I’ve ever saw this year. I read a review about the museum in “Dutch” magazine, then I went for a little search on the internet. The Museum is located in Stuttgart, Germany. and realized in May 2006. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Art of Chaos

September 6th, 2006

Personally I believe that in this universe, everything is based on some logic. We call this logic sequences order. This means that there is no such thing called chaos. Is it true? The question is… how can we define chaos?

Studying architecture gave me the chance to spend some time reading about Chaos and order theories. Some theories believe that there is no absolute chaos. Every action, movement or construction on the universe is based in mathematical equations. The one we don’t understand, or cannot predict its results, we call it chaos. For example if you through a piece of paper on the air. Can you know exactly where is it going to land? Will some people say yes you can! If you calculate the weight, wind directions, gravity, shape of paper, angle of the through, force which initiated the action and air flow around the paper then you may be able to determine where when and how this paper will land.

This action for other people is just a through. Luck goes under the same category of chaos. Some people believe in luck and other does not. This leads us to the Cause and Effect theory. Everything that is happing around us is a chain of action and reaction. A small action can lead to a bigger one and start a chain of reactions which may intersect with other chains at a cretin point causing new reactions.

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A movie based on “Cause and Effect” theory

With the development of computers, now Architects and designers are able to introduce organic forms in to there design. Computers gave us the chance to calculate and designs structures which were not applicable before. It is also gave scientists a better understanding of universe. Every day pass the order behind chaotic nature are being revealed. The more knowledge human gain the better understanding of chaos.

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Guggenheim Museum Bilbao designed by Frank Gehry. To be able to design the construction they used a software for designing planes.

Chaos is the unknown to us. Chaos is the unpredictable. Wars are a form of chaos. One of the key aspects of victory is being unknown, chaotic and not being understood to the enemy. If you are being predictable, your enemy will have the upper hand.

This subject can open a lot of doors, but indeed it effect all aspect of life… this is why when I don’t understand what goes around me I always remember those theories…

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All Architects and designers are invited to participate in this interesting workshop. The attendance will work together, in small groups from three to four people, to solve a design problem in one hour or so. Through discussion and brain-storming great ideas might come. All of the ideas will be presented to each other and share knowledge, experience and thoughts at the end of the workshop.

I hope you will be able to join us next Sunday 26th at, Al-Zahra’a Hall, Naqabah complex. 6:30PM

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