1. Aliens in Amman

    by Dima Maurice

    This started as an argument between my friend, Michel, and I while driving past the Le Royal one day: Why is it we can’t imagine New York without the Guggenheim or the Rockefeller, yet we can easily imagine Amman without the Le Royal and the twin Jordan Gate towers? Why is that most, and I stress on most, Ammani Architects reject the current contemporary iconic discourse of the city. What makes an icon? How come all nation take pride in their tallest buildings, and we don’t? What is it that really..really.. makes us proud as residents of Amman?

    In spite of the interlocking, inter-winded, multi-dimensional strata that make up our city, most people perceive Amman as the city made up of endless mountains of mundane modern white stone boxes. Thus, so to break the redundancy, and create a sense of place, in addition to the much needed pride and power, big buildings are sought after. After all we are a nation that appreciates the big.

    A transformation was needed! A remote utopian vision of what the city should look like was the reference, to become more contiguous to our neighboring plastic metropolitan cities. The Burj, the Iskan building mutations started growing, and later on the King Abdullah Mosque and aliens like Le Royal and last, never the least, 6th circle towers­­. No one can defend their existence; one has to simply live with them!

    They exist! And their design formula: hulk-ish scale, strange unique geometry, distant metaphor, uncomfortable presence and a vague program. Who cares what’s it for anyway! Designed so not to fit.

    The 6th Circle Jordan Gate Towers that was built on the site of one of the very few vanishing public gardens in the city. The screwed a residential neighborhood is a great example to the hefty price people pay. Although still in construction phase, it succeeded in creating a dead zone around it, in addition to ignoring major problems of traffic and infrastructure in addition to few more serious environmental issues.

    Another example, Le Royal: the Iraqi babel tower manifested in Amman. Even though stone was used, rather than a glass envelope, to blends with the adjacent mountain and its tiny white stone block, yet its geometry failed it.  The Le Royal did everything right; but it stayed an alien!

    I understand that cities are not monolithic, especially boundary-less cities like Amman. They act as complex living organisms; they interact and survive mutations within their fabric. However, we have the talents of embedding the huge in a way to eat the neighborhoods around it and takes over them.

    I’m not criticizing icons, I’m criticizing the how and where and when and what they represent. Why do we build them here and there, for postcards sake?

    Will we ever be able to connect to these icons on a human scale?

  2. In the memory of Ali Maher 
    1958 - 2013 

    لذكرى علي ماهر
    ١٩٥٨-٢٠١٣

  3. Wait up for My.Kali Manifesto soon!إنتظروا مانيفستو ماي.كالي.قريباً

    Wait up for My.Kali Manifesto soon!
    إنتظروا مانيفستو ماي.كالي.قريباً

  4. Project:manifesto invites you for the screening of BABAA sit down with Ali MaherOn Wed, 27th of Feb, 2013at 7 pmHosted by Makanمشروع: مانيفستو يدعوكم لحضور عرض باباجلسة مع علي ماهريوم الأربعاء ٢٧ شباط ٢.١٣ الساعة السابعة مساءمكان العرض: مكان
 
إعلان الفيلم
The film teaser

    Project:manifesto invites you for the screening of 
    BABA
    A sit down with Ali Maher
    On Wed, 27th of Feb, 2013
    at 7 pm
    Hosted by Makan

    مشروع: مانيفستو يدعوكم لحضور عرض 
    بابا
    جلسة مع علي ماهر
    يوم الأربعاء ٢٧ شباط ٢.١٣ 
    الساعة السابعة مساء
    مكان العرض: مكان

     

    إعلان الفيلم

    The film teaser

  5. قبل فترة، إنحطت هاي الصورة على صفحة مشروع مانيفستو، مع دعوة للإحتفاء بأطول برج أردني ( ١٨٥م) وأن برج روتانا هو معلم حصري يجب أن نحتفل بوجوده.شو رأيكم بالموضوع؟ هل عمّان بحاجة لبرج آخر؟ وهل المعالم لازم تكون كبيرة حجماً؟ A while ago, this picture was uploaded on our wall.It was a clear invitation to celebrate the national achievement of the tallest Jordanian Tower(185m) .So,manifesters, what do you think? Do we need yet another tower in Amman?

 

    قبل فترة، إنحطت هاي الصورة على صفحة مشروع مانيفستو، مع دعوة للإحتفاء بأطول برج أردني ( ١٨٥م) وأن برج روتانا هو معلم حصري يجب أن نحتفل بوجوده.شو رأيكم بالموضوع؟ هل عمّان بحاجة لبرج آخر؟ وهل المعالم لازم تكون كبيرة حجماً؟ 

    A while ago, this picture was uploaded on our wall.It was a clear invitation to celebrate the national achievement of the tallest Jordanian Tower(185m) .So,manifesters, what do you think? Do we need yet another tower in Amman?

     

  6. 

Mathew Borrett is an illustrator based in Toronto who created this series of drawings for ‘rooms’ of cities emerging from bedrooms. The works are done with pencil and paper.What city did this drawing represent?ماثيو بوريت رسام و معماري كندي.رسم مجموعة “الغرف” ممثلاً بها مدن ناشئة من غرف النوم. برأيك هذه الصورة تمثل أي مدينة؟
 

    Mathew Borrett is an illustrator based in Toronto who created this series of drawings for ‘rooms’ of cities emerging from bedrooms. The works are done with pencil and paper.What city did this drawing represent?
    ماثيو بوريت رسام و معماري كندي.رسم مجموعة “الغرف” ممثلاً بها مدن ناشئة من غرف النوم. برأيك هذه الصورة تمثل أي مدينة؟

     

  7. سيستضيف “مشروع: مانيفستو” فريق عمل”إنعكاس” في حوار حضري ٤. ستنحدث معاً عن الفن الحضري وإمكاناته وآثاره على النسيج العمراني والهندسة المعمارية في عمان، بالإضافة إلى رسائل هذا الفن الكامنة في شوارعنا. سنتحدث عن “إنعكاس” كنموذج أولي لمشروع للفن حضري المجتمعي في عمان، وسنستضيف بعض الفنانين المشاركين، بالإضافة إلى عدد قليل من الضيوف الخاصة بنا. شاركونا بحضوركميوم الأربعاء، ٦ شباط،٢٠١٣دارة الفنون - المختبر
 
This Hiwar will be about Urban Art and its implications on the Urban Fabric and Architecture of Amman, its potential and underlying messages we find everywhere on the walls on our streets. Also, taking the ‘Urban Reflections’ project as a prototype of an active community Urban Art project in Amman, and hosting some of the Artists who were involved, in addition to few of our own guests.Join us this Wednesday, 6th of Feb,2013Darat Al Funun - the Lab

    سيستضيف “مشروع: مانيفستو” فريق عمل”إنعكاس” في حوار حضري ٤. ستنحدث معاً 
    عن الفن الحضري وإمكاناته وآثاره على النسيج العمراني والهندسة المعمارية في عمان، بالإضافة إلى رسائل هذا الفن الكامنة في شوارعنا. سنتحدث عن “إنعكاس” كنموذج أولي لمشروع للفن حضري المجتمعي في عمان، وسنستضيف بعض الفنانين المشاركين، بالإضافة إلى عدد قليل من الضيوف الخاصة بنا. 
    شاركونا بحضوركم
    يوم الأربعاء، ٦ شباط،٢٠١٣
    دارة الفنون - المختبر

     

    This Hiwar will be about Urban Art and its implications on the Urban Fabric and Architecture of Amman, its potential and underlying messages we find everywhere on the walls on our streets. Also, taking the ‘Urban Reflections’ project as a prototype of an active community Urban Art project in Amman, and hosting some of the Artists who were involved, in addition to few of our own guests.

    Join us 
    this Wednesday, 6th of Feb,2013
    Darat Al Funun - the Lab

    Arabic poster

  8. كمصممين وخلاقين ندّعي الفضيلة بتصميماتنا دائماً، ونروج لتمكين المجتمعات من خلال فراغات جميلة وفعالة في النسيج الحضري.
    شاهد هذا الفيديو المهم وشاركنا برأيك؟ مين فينا إللي بعيق التاني؟
    As designers and creatives we claim virtue and promote the idea of ‘empowering’ communities when creating beautiful functional spaces in our urban fabric.Are we doing that?Are we being enabling or disabling  ?

  9. A Sakakini Neighborhood Debate

    A picture for the Sakakini Neighborhood in 1960s cairo.The Sakakini is the name of one of the oldest prestigious Egyptian families from Syrian origin in Cairo.The Palace in the middle is the Skakini Palace that was built in 1897, that still exists yet not maintained properly.
    So we in Project: manifesto team had one tiny argument once we saw this picture, and posted on facebook asking it looks more like Jabal Amman, Malhaas hospital or Ma’mouniyyeh park in Jabal Al Hussein?

    Team Dima:

    On one hand, Jabal Amman’s Malhaas Hospital relates to the Sakakini neighborhood in the sense of a building of importance being in the center, and the rest of the neighborhood of less important buildings organically radiates from that center,in a radial configuration forming a perfect circle.

    Team Hamza:

    On the other hand,Ma’mouniyyeh neighborhood is this dense radial configuration of a neighborhood that organizes around the kidney shaped void, rather than a building mass of the urban lansdscape.However, its dense radial configuration is very similar to Sakakini Neighborhood in old Cairo.

    So, are you in team Hamza or Dima?

  10. The Ammani street has been fighting against internet censorship for a while now, which caused a huge question mark about the moral cultural code to rise to the surface. Mlabbas’ shop front responded to the Ammani street by censoring their display window. I have to say how much I admire this simple urban intervention that left you thinking !!!



dima maurice | project: manifesto
reblogged from the the-ammani

    The Ammani street has been fighting against internet censorship for a while now, which caused a huge question mark about the moral cultural code to rise to the surface. Mlabbas’ shop front responded to the Ammani street by censoring their display window. I have to say how much I admire this simple urban intervention that left you thinking !!!

    dima maurice | project: manifesto

    reblogged from the the-ammani

  11. لو عمّان فيها وزارة للتصميم ،شو برأيك أول قرار لازم تاخده؟
If Amman had a ministry for Design,what do you think should be its first decision?


reblogged and readapted from the outpost

    لو عمّان فيها وزارة للتصميم ،شو برأيك أول قرار لازم تاخده؟
    If Amman had a ministry for Design,what do you think should be its first decision?


    reblogged and readapted from the outpost

  12. الطبقيه في عمان!

استيقظت ذات صباح واذ بأبراج و وحوش اسمنتية تلتهم الأرض و السّماء، يعني من بين خزّنات “فتحي حنفيّة” تطلّ عليك تلك الأجسام الغير مكتملة النمو، من بين صفوف الطوب و البنايات المهترئة المتهالكة، ترى طبقات و طبقات من خراء أثرياء النفط.


فراس شحادة | بروجكت مانيفستو

    الطبقيه في عمان!


    استيقظت ذات صباح واذ بأبراج و وحوش اسمنتية تلتهم الأرض و السّماء، يعني من بين خزّنات “فتحي حنفيّة” تطلّ عليك تلك الأجسام الغير مكتملة النمو، من بين صفوف الطوب و البنايات المهترئة المتهالكة، ترى طبقات و طبقات من خراء أثرياء النفط.


    فراس شحادة | بروجكت مانيفستو


  13. Lets watch a movie together !!




A street art movie Wednesday, 13 June 20127:30 pm Jordan Cafe’It tells the story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and manyof the world’s most infamous graffiti artists at work.Cafe Jordan is located in downtown Amman, at the extension of Wadi Saqra Street, and near to Jafra Cafe, on the same side!عرض فيلم االمخرج من متجر الهدايافيلم عن فن الشارعيوم الأربعاء ١٣-٦-٢٠١٢الساعة السابعة و النصففي مقهى الأردنيحكي الفيلم قصة صاحب محل هدايا فرنسي و غريب الأطوار و صانع أفلام هاوي في محاولة لتحديد موقع و مصادقة فنان الغرافيتي الشهير “بانكسي” .لكن بانكسي قلب الطاولة عليهم. يحتوي الفيلم علي مشاهد نادرة للفنان بانكسي و شيبارد فايري و إنفادر و العديد من فناني الشارع و هم يعملون.كافيه الأردن في وسط البلد من إمتداد وادي صقرة بالقرب من جفرا كافيه و علي نفس الإتجاه for more information click here 

للمزيد من المعلومات أنقر هنا

    Lets watch a movie together !!

    • A street art movie 
      Wednesday, 13 June 2012
      7:30 pm 
      Jordan Cafe’


      It tells the story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and manyof the world’s most infamous graffiti artists at work.

      Cafe Jordan is located in downtown Amman, at the extension of Wadi Saqra Street, and near to Jafra Cafe, on the same side!


      عرض فيلم االمخرج من متجر الهدايا
      فيلم عن فن الشارع
      يوم الأربعاء ١٣-٦-٢٠١٢
      الساعة السابعة و النصف
      في مقهى الأردن

      يحكي الفيلم قصة صاحب محل هدايا فرنسي و غريب الأطوار و صانع أفلام هاوي في محاولة لتحديد موقع و مصادقة فنان الغرافيتي الشهير “بانكسي” .لكن بانكسي قلب الطاولة عليهم. يحتوي الفيلم علي مشاهد نادرة للفنان بانكسي و شيبارد فايري و إنفادر و العديد من فناني الشارع و هم يعملون.

      كافيه الأردن في وسط البلد من إمتداد وادي صقرة بالقرب من جفرا كافيه و علي نفس الإتجاه 

      for more information click here 
    • للمزيد من المعلومات أنقر هنا

  14. The Gardens of Freedom

     

    I’ve always wondered how can you empower a community? How can you build a healthy relationship with the space you live in, when you don’t even feel that you belong to it? How can you teach your children how to love the land they live on? How can you even start convincing people that their neighbors are not the predators and that we’re all brothers, not cousins, brothers? Well, last Friday I got the answer to these questions: a garden!

    My friend and I (from Project: Manifesto team) went to “Hada’iq Al-Hurriyeh” or “The Freedom Gardens” to explore the scene, since we heard that there is some serious action happening in Jabal Amman. 

    In a “Hay Al Masarweh” or “The Egyptian Neighborhood” where a high percentage of the lower working class (which we recently call poor) live, we found An Selm with Omar Al-Nimer and few other volunteers and the neighborhood children working on a their own freedom garden.

    Every Friday morning they work on turning a neglected piece of land, which they took permission to use, into a garden and a playground for the neighborhood. But it’s how they are doing it what makes it interesting. The gardens are totally being created from the limited resources of the neighborhood itself .No funding what so ever. The volunteers bring their own tools, and both the volunteers and the children dig with their own hands the sloped land, without any bulldozers or anything like it. But what I loved the most about the gardens is how the children interacted with the volunteers, asking them questions about the land planting and discussing how would they make “The Freedom Gardens “ a reality.

    You can see that those young children will grow up better humans than us. More loving, more accepting, more environmentally responsible, more loyal but above all they will be adults who can make dreams come true. 

    Ammanis, I encourage you to get involved and support freedom gardens. How? by just showing up and volunteering with your time and effort.

     

     

    Dima Maurice | Project: Manifesto

     

    Photos are courtesy of Omar Al Nimer 

    For more information check Freedom Gardens FB page

  15. جدلية الزّمان في عمارة عمّان

    محاضرة في دارة الفنون للمعماري الكبير جعفر طوقان

    الخميس ٢٥-٧-٢٠٠٢

    Dialectic of time in the architecture of Amman

    A lecture in Darat Al Funun by the respected Architect Mr.Ja’adar Tuqan

    Thursday 25 th of July ,2002

    reblogged from Darat Al Funun Youtube Channel