Wadi [Re] Urbanization

Betsy Daniel; Janki Shah, Assoc. AIA; Jack Yang Bai; Piyawut Ken Koomsiripithuck

Wadi [Re] Urbanization dives into providing sustainable water infrastructure to the city of Amman, Jordan.

Twentieth century water infrastructure in Jordan was focused on a centralized system rather than local scales, fueled by political and economic forces while funded by international money. These infrastructures are bypassing existing water systems to feed the intensive urban growth of Amman, Jordan.

'Wadi', an Arabic word for a valley, ravine, or channel that is dry except in the rainy season, now describes a medium to decommission and re-purpose 20th century large scale water infrastructure in Amman to create new urban patterns. Wadi [re]urbanization is therefore an integration of water holding and development, a slower more decentralized urban pattern dependent on natural cycles of water.

The model of wadi [re]urbanization proposes using systems of water retention and collection through ancient water harvesting techniques that rely on earthwork operation. This proposes a new mode of urbanization driven by logic of water, social life, and programmatic landscape. The design proposals extend to time-based development integrating population influx, economic activity, and seasonality.

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Wadi [Re] Urbanization team


Wadi [Re] Urbanization team


Wadi [Re] Urbanization team


Wadi [Re] Urbanization team