Socio-Economic Transformation of Urban Nodes in Amman: Determining Ingredients of Success

Tawil, Maram and Khattab, Shams (2020) Socio-Economic Transformation of Urban Nodes in Amman: Determining Ingredients of Success. SHAPING URBAN CHANGE – Livable City Regions for the 21st Century. Proceedings of REAL CORP 2020, 25th International Conference on Urban Development, Regional Planning and Information Society. pp. 1281-1290. ISSN 2521-3938

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Amman has experienced different types and modes of urban transformation in its neighborhoods’ urban structures. Such transformations have shaped these neighborhoods on social and economic levels leading to prosperity of some and the decline of others, without knowing why and how to encourage or prevent. However, this phenomenon was ivestigated through the paper to identify the causes and consequences of these transformations. It will identify the crucial aspects resulting in such transformations and try to display an understanding of the phenomenon to enable better development and sustainable change in the future. Three urban nodes were analyzed in this paper based on a master thesis submitted to the Department of Architecture at the German Jordanian University. The analyzed urban nodes are Jabal Al Hussein, Shmeisani and Um Uthaina. The authors mapped the trends and dynamics in these nodes along time and applied mixedmethod tools to reach the causes and drivers for such transformation. Main findings were resulted from the survey to determine few major undertakings in Amman. Such includes avoiding developing certain urban nodes and neglecting the adjacent ones. More attention should be paid to the quality and the quantity of the granted commercial touristic investments licenses. Expanding the system of vertical construction to achieve an optimal utilization of spaces along with avoiding random commercial distribution between residential layouts. Such findings have shown to have great weight in causing informal urban transformation. The main output of this paper is displayed through specific strategies, guidelines and policies that govern urban nodes towards proactive planning rather than informal growth and change. The results of this study showed that economic, social and service factors played a major role in these transformations. The aspects that can curb the decline in these urban nodes and the flourish of others.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sustainable change, development, urban nodes, neighbourhood, urban transformation
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Depositing User: REAL CORP Administrator
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2021 09:02
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2021 09:02

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