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Thursday, February 09, 2006

Amman's architecture

What do you think are the main features of Amman's architecture? As I know it's the use of stone and the cubic shape of the buildings? What else?

I need the answer to have a full concept for my graduation project and I am so thankful for the support, if anyone can help ;)


  • A common--and legitimate--complaint about Amman architecture is that it is bland, lifeless, and cold.

    By Anonymous Faraz Rabbani, at 2/09/2006 2:38 AM  

  • I agree with Faraz. I would definitaly argue that Amman's architecture is bland and lifeless. If by cold, we are addressing a lack of character and color than I agree; the colors themselves, however, are warm. Examples of a cold city (color-wise) might be the heart of Beirut (Hamra Street area).

    I'm not a huge fan of monotone. It gets old very quickly, although some of Amman's more unique building pull it off quite nicely given the restraints. If I had to give an examples of attractive, Eastern architecture in a city, I could make many references to Istanbul. Beirut's newly reconstructed downtown area is also a model of architectural beauty, organization, and creativity with a limited color scheme.

    By Blogger Dave, at 2/09/2006 2:53 AM  

  • Oh, and while I'm on my soapbox concerning the architecture in Amman, allow me to comment on the disgraceful nature of the items that are strewn across the rooftops of Amman's buildings. Architects apparently have no desire to hide the unsightly water tanks, satellite dishes, and other utilitarian objects from plain view. There are perfectly viable architectural solutions to this eye sore, but no one seems to care.

    I could go on and on, but I must step off the soapbox before I get any more worked up. :)

    By Blogger Dave, at 2/09/2006 3:16 AM  

  • it would be good if you compare the various architectural styles present in Amman..clearly you can witness the change starting from downtown moving to the abdali first circle and so forth possibly expanding to Mahis and suburbs although the word suburb doesnt fit amman per se..
    Abdoon is interesting a mix of Spanish arabesque architecuure there are few houses i cant recall where exactly but if you drive around the area north of blue fig towards and the abdoon mall area..

    visit this site its a research center in amman dealing with urban design and other issue http://www.csbe.org

    hope i helped but studying the urban and architectural history of amman is interesting


    faris darwazeh

    By Anonymous Faris, at 2/09/2006 12:19 PM  

  • nice pictures :)

    By Anonymous wedad, at 2/13/2006 5:59 AM  

  • Thx all :) and welcome to my blog :)

    By Blogger M!R@CHK@, at 2/17/2006 8:54 AM  

  • really nice pic

    By Blogger Sold OUT, at 3/05/2006 2:39 PM  

  • Endless identikit beige concrete boxes rising out of the dust, interspersed with rubble-strewn brown vacant lots.

    By Anonymous Mark Stevens, at 1/08/2012 3:45 AM  

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