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  • february 2002 » CSBE
    restaurants The project is part of the municipality s efforts to contribute to development plans in the provision of leisure facilities for the Jordanian public The total expected cost for the project is 1 million JD 1 4 million US Source al Ra i February 6 2002 Top Completed Designs Jafar Tukan and Partners completed designs for the renovation of a number of primary healthcare centers in Jordan The renovation projects for the Jordanian Ministry of Health are part of the Primary Health Care Initiatives PHCI program that USAID the United States Agency for International Development is funding to improve healthcare resources in Jordan The project which is expected to cost around 440 000 JD 630 000 US includes the renovation of about forty primary healthcare clinics located throughout the country The total area of the clinics is over 3 300 square meters Top New Commissions Dar al Omran was commissioned to design the Tamdeen headquarters tower located in Sharq Kuwait for the Tamdeen Real Estate Company The 6 000 square meter project is estimated to cost 4 6 million JD around 6 6 million US Arabtech Jardaneh Consulting Engineers and Architects were commissioned to design the offices of the Arab Thought Forum in Amman for the Arab Thought Forum The 1 350 square meter project is estimated to cost 220 000 JD around 314 000 US Top Competitions Tahhan and Bushnaq Architects and Turath Heritage Conservation Management and Environmental Design Consultants received first prize for their joint entry in the competition for the design of the Children s Museum at al Hussein National Park in Amman The competition was organized by Her Majesty Queen Rania s office in association with the Municipality of Greater Amman Faris and Faris Architects received second prize and Symbiosis Designs shared third prize for the competition with the office of Ayyoub Abu Dayyeh The 10 000 square meter site will contain 4 500 square meters of built up areas and is expected to cost about 2 million JD about 2 8 million US The design scheme for the winning entry centers on presenting contemporary issues through stories taken from mythical children s literature and popular Arab Islamic historical narratives For instance concepts relating to the environment and bio diversity are linked to Kalila wa Dimna the fourth century Indian animal fables that were translated into Arabic during the eighth century On the other hand the themes of earth sciences and geography are linked to the narratives recounted by the renowned fourteenth century Moroccan traveler Ibn Battuta The main exhibition spaces aim at linking both myth and reality in an interactive manner to provide children with a memorable learning experience Top three images joint entry by Tahhan and Bushnaq Architects and Turath fourth image from top entry by Faris and Faris Architects fifth image from top entry by Symbiosis Designs Top News from Academia 13 students received their bachelor s degrees in architecture from the Applied Sciences University in Amman 5 from the Jordan University

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  • march 2002 » CSBE
    studies of desert architecture in arid landscapes It uses ecologically sensitive architectural elements inspired by the traditional buildings of villages in Jordan southern Morocco and Yemen This design develops hybrid solutions based on the fusion of traditional materials and structural systems with contemporary building requirements and environmental design techniques CDG the Community Development Group Engineering and Management Associates completed interior designs for the E Government Project Management office floor at the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology in Amman The 650 square meter project is funded by the Amir II program Achievement of Market Friendly Initiatives and Results program an economic opportunity project funded by USAID the United States Agency for International Development and implemented in partnership with the Jordanian private sector and government The project is expected to cost 49 000 JD 70 000 US It is intended as an opportunity for the newly restructured ministry to create a space that serves as a showcase model for e government The Municipality of Greater Amman completed designs for reconstructing the intersection of Wasfi al Tall and al Sharif Nasser streets and the nearby intersection of al Sharif Nasser and Abdul Hameed Sharaf streets The project aims at addressing problems of traffic congestion at the area known as the Safeway junction through restructuring the existing traffic light intersections into non intersecting overpasses and underpasses This project is the latest of a series of such traffic intersection projects that have been carried out in Amman over the past two decades and that aim at relieving traffic congestion in the city Construction on the project is planned to start in the second half of 2002 Source al Ra i March 4 2002 The Municipality of Greater Amman has completed the removal of a number of kiosks from Dallah Plaza in the center of the city in preparation for the implementation of the Comprehensive Development Plan of the city center that is being funded by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency JICA According to the plan the plaza will be redesigned to include new architectural and landscaping elements including kiosks Source al Ra i March 4 2002 Top New Commissions S M Dudin Architects and Engineers were commissioned to design the 16 000 square meter Shweikh Mall in Aqaba The Kurdi Group for investment signed an agreement with ASEZA Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority to construct a commercial complex in Aqaba The 62 million JD 89 million US project will be built on an area of 10 hectares and will be constructed in three phases The first phase will consist of a 70 000 square meter 35 million JD 50 million US commercial center the second phase will consist of a 25 000 square meter water park and recreational facilities and the third phase will consist of a hotel The complex is expected to provide 2 500 new job opportunities Source The Jordan Times March 25 2002 Top Competitions Jafar Tukan and Partners participated in a competition for the design of the second tower of

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  • april 2002 » CSBE
    of studies and design for the Jabal al Taj Tunnel The 1 000 meter four lane two way tunnel aims at relieving traffic congestion in downtown Amman and at allowing for shorter travel distances between areas in eastern Amman The tunnel will be the latest of a series of tunnels and bridges that have been constructed at intersections in Amman over the past two decades to alleviate traffic congestion problems Construction of the project is expected to commence in 2003 Source al Ra i April 7 2002 Top Competitions Jafar Tukan and Partners in a joint venture with the Abu Dhabi based Khatib and Alami Consolidated Engineering Company participated in a competition for the design of the ADCCI Second Tower Facilities in Abu Dhabi for the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry ADCCI The 45 story building will be prominently located along Abu Dhabi s Corniche Road next to the existing ADCCI tower and will house offices executive suites as well as conferencing and training facilities Jafar Tukan and Partners in a joint venture with the Abu Dhabi based Khatib and Alami Consolidated Engineering Company participated in a competition for the design of a new extension to the heads of state reception facility at the Abu Dhabi International Airport The 18 500 square meter project which will replace the existing heads of state reception facility will include reception spaces meeting rooms and an adjacent subterranean parking area for 350 cars The Municipality of Greater Amman organized a competition for the beautification of the Shmeisani and 7th Circle tunnels Participants in the competition are required to submit design proposals for the beautification of the tunnels using ceramic tiles that incorporate Islamic motifs or designs with culturally relevant references Source al Ra i April 8 2002 Top Lectures Saleh al Hathloul Deputy Minister for Town Planning at the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs delivered a public lecture at Darat al Funun in Amman entitled Riyadh Architecture in One Hundred Years The lecture was cosponsored by Darat al Funun The Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation the Center for the Study of the Built Environment CSBE and the Architectural Section of the Jordan Engineers Association Rami Daher assistant professor at the Department of Architecture at the Jordan University of Science and Technology in Irbid delivered a lecture entitled An Introduction to Heritage Conservation Domains of Heritage in Jordan Contested Definitions Place Politics and Investment Rights at the Queen Rania Institute for Heritage and Tourism at the Hashemite University in Zarqa Top Exhibitions The First International Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Exhibition was held at the Le Meridien Amman Hotel The exhibition was organized by the National Energy Research Center Source al Ra i April 23 2002 Top Seminars A one day workshop entitled The Art of Islamic Architecture and Amman s Particular Architectural Identity was held at the Amman City Hall Talib al Rifa i the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities and Magdy Tewfik the chairman of the University of Jordan

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  • may 2002 » CSBE
    northern exit points This final phase of the project is expected to cost 10 million JD 14 million US Source al Ra i May 28 2002 Construction has started on a new housing project located to the north of the town of Safut in the Ain al Basha district The project which occupies a three hectare site is being carried out by the Housing and Urban Development Corporation Source al Ra i May 16 2002 Construction work began on the Amman Water Park which is located on Airport Road outside Amman Mounir Hajjiri and Partners designed the 35 000 square meter water park for entrepreneur Sami Assi The 8 5 million JD 12 million US project will be the first water park in Jordan Top Completed Designs Al Marsam Architects and Engineers in association with GDAR Group as sub consultants completed designs for the interior and refurbishment works for the auditorium of the Jordan National Medical Council in Amman The 210 000 JD around 300 000 US project is part of the Primary Health Care Initiative Program that USAID United States Agency for International Development is funding to improve health care resources in Jordan The 400 square meter project includes the interior design and fitting of an existing auditorium shell and foyer The auditorium which has a seating capacity of 300 people is intended to serve as a venue for conferences seminars and workshops for the medical profession The project was awarded to al Marsam Architects and Engineers through a staged tendering process organized by the Cambridge Massachusetts based research and consulting firm Abt Associates Darb Design Associates and Research Bureau completed designs for the Pinewood Private Resort The 10 000 square meter resort occupies a 30 000 square meter site located at the outskirts of Amman Preparations currently are being made to float the construction tender for the project Top Competitions Jafar Tukan and Partners in a joint venture with the American Engineering firm Stanley Consultants participated in a competition for the design of a 2 300 square meter administration building for the West Bay Lagoon in Qatar The West Bay Lagoon district is located to the north of the city of Doha and is evolving into an exclusive development of residential properties and hotels It consists of a manmade lagoon with two islands connected to the mainland through five bridges Jafar Tukan and Partners in a joint venture with the Abu Dhabi based Khatib and Alami Consolidated Engineering Company participated in a competition for the design of a complex of ministry buildings in Abu Dhabi for the Federal Government of the United Arab Emirates The 10 000 square meter project will include ministry buildings and a convention center The new buildings will replace the old ministry buildings that currently occupy the site Top News from Academia Rami Daher assistant professor at the Department of Architecture at the Jordan University of Science and Technology JUST in Irbid received an International Collaborative Research Grant ICRG from the Program on the

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  • june 2002 » CSBE
    in Mecca Street Amman for the Jordan Company for Central Investing and Consulting Faris and Faris Architects completed designs for the 1 650 square meter Philadelphia Investment Bank Building in Aqaba Top New Commissions Darb Design Associates and Research Bureau was commissioned to design a 4 000 square meter addition to the North Star Garment Factory in the Wadi Dulayl QIZ Qualified Industrial Zone i e an area whose industrial products can be exported to the USA on advantageous terms Top Competitions Jafar Tukan and Partners in a joint venture with Razzaz Management Contracting and Interior Design participated in a competition for the design of the Jizan Marine and Golf Resort in Jizan on the southwestern coast of Saudi Arabia The site consists of a strip that extends six kilometers along the coastline with a variable width averaging 400 meters The project will be a multi use development that includes residential and recreational facilities for the area s inhabitants and for tourists Top News from Academia 15 students received their bachelor s degrees in architecture from the Applied Sciences University in Amman 10 from al Isra University in Amman 29 from the Jordan University of Science and Technology in Irbid and 47 from the University of Jordan in Amman Riham Abu Khater successfully defended her master s thesis at the Department of Architecture at the Jordan University of Science and Technology The thesis is entitled GIS Applications in Urban Design The case of site allocation Top Lectures Nelson H H Graburn professor of socio cultural anthropology at the U niversity of California Berkeley delivered a lecture in Amman entitled Understanding Tourists A Problem for Anthropology Graburn s recent research has focused on the study of art tourism museums and the expression and representation of identity Turath Heritage Conservation Management and Environmental Design Consultants organized the lecture as part of its summer lecture series Ali Abu Ghanimeh assistant professor at the Department of Architecture at the University of Jordan presented a paper entitled Color in the Jordanian City as part of the First Mediterranean Conference for Reconstruction and Conservation of Environmental and Architectural Heritage held in Catania Sicily Source al Ra i June 29 2002 Top Seminars The Higher Institute for Islamic Art and Architecture at A l al Bayt University in al Mafraq hosted a one day workshop entitled Developments in Architectural Education in Jordan The university also organized an exhibition featuring works by students of architecture at Jordanian universities to coincide with the workshop Top Other News In a ceremony that took place in New York City Jordanian architect and painter Sahel al Hiyari was honored as one of five recipients of the first biennial cycle of the Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative Accordingly al Hiyari was chosen as the protege of Pritzker Prize winner Alvaro Siza of Portugal The initiative which has been launched by the Swiss watchmaker Rolex represents the five disciplines of dance literature music theatrical arts and visual arts architecture in the first cycle

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  • july 2002 » CSBE
    to the King Abdullah Mosque for the Ministry of Islamic Awqaf Affairs and Holy Places Mounir Hajjiri and Partners had won the competition for the design of the 19 000 square meter project in 1999 The project is expected to cost 6 million JD around 8 5 million US The Municipality of Zarqa completed designs for a waste separation plant in Zarqa The project which is being carried out in cooperation with the United Nations Development Fund UNDP and the Center for the Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe CEDARE aims at alleviating the health risks associated with waste dumps Solid waste management is a priority in the Municipality of Zarqa where the amount of refuse transported daily from the city is estimated at 300 tons and the total cost of transporting it reaches 1 8 million JD around 2 5 million US a year Source al Ra i July 2 2002 Top Competitions Jafar Tukan and Partners participated in a competition for the design of the Sheikh Mohammad bin Ibrahim Mosque in Riyadh Saudi Arabia for Ar Riyadh Development Authority The project covers an area of 7 085 square meters S M Dudin Architects and Engineers were awarded first prize in a closed competition for the design of a four star hotel in the Tala Bay Tourist Complex in Aqaba for the Jordan Projects for Tourism Development Company The project occupies an area of 35 000 square meters and is expected to cost 11 4 million JD 16 million US New Commissions GDAR Group was commissioned to design a 24 000 square meter investment building in Amman for the Intermediate University College Jafar Tukan and Partners in a joint venture with the Canada office of Hellmuth Obata Kassabaum HOK were chosen through a closed competition to design the master plan for the Abdali Regeneration Project in the Abdali district of Amman for the state run National Resources Investment and Development Corporation NARIDEC The project is located on a 33 4 hectare state owned land that housed the headquarters of the Jordanian Armed Forces and other security agencies These are being relocated to other areas in Amman in order to transform the site into a multi purpose business district The project is expected to take six to nine years before completion and will include a university as well as commercial and residential areas The project is expected to attract considerable investment because of its strategic location between the Amman downtown area and Shmeisani the city s financial district S M Dudin Architects and Engineers were commissioned to design the Mushtaha Trading Center in downtown Aqaba for Jamal Mushtaha and Brothers The 4 850 square meter project is expected to cost 1 million JD 1 4 million US Top Lectures Jafar Tukan architect and principal of Jafar Tukan and Partners delivered a lecture at Darat al Funun The Khalid Shoman Foundation entitled The Dialectic of Time in the Architecture of Amman Rami Daher assistant professor at the Department

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  • August 2002 » CSBE
    and Housing and the Ministry of Culture completed designs for a 3 000 person outdoor theater at the Royal Cultural Center in Amman Plans also are underway to construct attached studios to provide live broadcasts of events held at the theater The total cost of the project is estimated at 200 000 JD around 282 000 US Source al Ra i August 11 2002 The Municipality of Greater Amman completed designs for a linear park along King Abdullah II Street The park is situated between the visitors entrance to al Hussein Medical City and al Sha b Garden The 3 million JD around 4 2 million US project is meant to complement the al Hussein National Park project and will include skating cycling and pedestrian paths sports fields and restaurants Source al Ra i August 22 2002 Top New Commissions Jafar Tukan and Partners in association with the Ankara based Aysel Insaat Taahhut Ticaret A S were commissioned to design the new general headquarters complex of the Jordanian Armed Forces in Amman The site which is bordered by al Hussein Medical City will include about 30 buildings Top Competitions Jafar Tukan and Partners and also Yasir Sakr Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Jordan in association with an atelier of his newly graduating students participated in a competition for the design of the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo Egypt for the Egyptian Ministry of Culture The museum will occupy a 480 000 square meter elevated site that is located 2 5 kilometers from the Giza Pyramids and its costs are estimated at around 350 million US The new museum will house over 100 000 artifacts to be transferred from the existing National Museum in central Cairo built in 1902 Top Lectures Samia Rab assistant professor of architecture and heritage management at the American University of Sharjah AUS delivered a lecture in Amman entitled International Charters and their Relevance to Restoration of Historic Cities in the Islamic World Rab s recent research has focused on documenting and analyzing examples of contemporary architecture and urban design in Pakistan Italy Australia and the United Arab Emirates that seek to establish or retain indigenous and regional identity She also is developing the region s first post graduate program in Heritage Management which will be located at AUS Turath Heritage Conservation Management and Environmental Design Consultants organized the lecture as part of its summer lecture series Top Other News As part of the series entitled Biography of an Innovator Jordan Television filmed an episode on architect Rasem Badran co principal of the architectural firm of Dar al Omran The 45 minute episode chronicles Badran s development through his early years showcasing his ideas and projects through interviews and documentation of his work The Arabic language television series presents figures who have made important contributions to the literary artistic and cultural development of Jordan The episode will be aired on Jordan Television in early 2003 The Jordanian Ministry of Health floated a tender for

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  • september 2002 » CSBE
    Center in Amman for the Jordan Holiday Hotels Company The 22 000 square meter project is expected to cost 5 million JD around 7 million US MEDA E M Engineers are providing the engineering consulting services for the project Dr Yaghmour and Associates Consulting Architects completed designs for the Wadi ibn Hammad Touristic Development Project in Wadi ibn Hammad 10 kilometers north of Karak for the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities The 3 000 square meter project is expected to cost 100 000 JD around 141 000 US and will provide services for tourists in the area which is known for its natural hot mineral water Dr Yaghmour and Associates Consulting Architects completed designs for the Ain Sara Development Project in Ain Sara in Karak for the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities The 7 000 square meter project which is expected to cost 100 000 JD around 141 000 US aims at developing the area and providing facilities to encourage local tourism Ain Sara is an important tourist location in Karak that is comprised of a water spring and stream Top New Commissions The Royal Court of Morocco appointed Dar al Omran as an international consultant to a local Moroccan committee working on a 2 500 hectare project for the development of the Bouregreg Valley located between the Moroccan cities of Rabat and Sala The project involves planning infrastructure and environmental design as well as architectural design of the entire area of the valley which stretches 26 kilometers from the Bouregreg River mouth on the Atlantic Ocean to the artificial lake formed along the river by a dam constructed during 1970s Dar al Omran s role includes providing consultancy support to the Moroccan team through several workshops and lectures as well as carrying out field studies on other Moroccan cities The Salt Greater Municipality commissioned the design of a conference hall to be located on the ground floor of the municipality building in Salt The 300 square meter multi purpose hall is expected to cost 100 000 JD around 141 000 US Source al Ra i September 23 2002 Top Competitions Ammar Khammash Architects were awarded first prize in a closed competition that the Jordanian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities organized for the site development of the Yarmouk Battle site in Saham on the banks of the Yarmouk Valley in northern Jordan The project site covers an area of 10 000 square meters with built up areas of 110 square meters Participants in the competition included Bilal Hammad Associates Dr Yaghmour and Associates Consulting Architects and Tahhan and Bushnaq Architects Beit al Mal Saving and Investment for Housing Company Beitna in association with the Architectural Section at the Jordan Engineers Association JEA organized a competition for the design of the Beit al Mal Commercial Center to be located in Beitna City along al Yarmouk Street in eastern Amman Source al Ra i September 1 2002 Jafar Tukan and Partners were awarded first prize in a competition for the design of

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