Proceedings of The 5th International Conference on Modern Approaches in Science, Technology & Engineering
Conserving Amman’s identity within the global effect on local architecture
Jawdat Goussous and Myrna Haddadin
Globalization processes have been increasingly transforming cities due to the exchange of information, technology, people and so on. For instance, rapid urbanization and technological advances have resulted in more and more standardization of built environments, depriving human habitats of regional and cultural identity. As a result, this study investigates the effect of this urban shift on Amman’s identity and traditional buildings, looking forward to conserve resident’s identity and their cultural heritage regardless tourism. This study is achieved by a deep analysis of Al Abdali downtown development. The research method included reviewing of textual and visual material, site visits and interviews with the public. In order to reach the aims and purpose of the research one should identify the importance that conserving traditional buildings have on Amman’s identity, the way Amman’s identity was shaped, the identity that is meant to be constructed by projects such as Al Abdali, and finally the way the new image was expressed.
Keywords: Globalization, identity, built environment, Conservation.