January 14, 2010
The delays for not publishing the maps came from some laid back officials whom I am sure they don't think outside their "square meter" were they take the Maps issue as a strategic, or political decision. Well... I was laughing on that but this finding I am talking about is even more funny.
Street Maps of Jordan ( look at the information in the map at the bottom) provided by google maps, were you can navigate for our streets and buildings, is been provided by an Israeli based company called MAPPA GISrael. The leading geographic database and GIS company in Israel.
I am not sure how this happen. How can our geodata been provided by an Israeli company.
The satellite maps can be easily provided by Digital globe or others, but data collection and Geo codding is being built and published by Navteq, while google provide the platform in a very simple to use way. I know they might subcontract a local company to collect the data but how did an Israeli based company collected the information about our streets and buildings?
June 22, 2009
June 19, 2009
Target: Architecture, Architects, Landscape, Construction Materials, Tourism, Resorts
Monday, June 22, 2009 at 5:00pm
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 5:00pm
Jordan Contractors Association - Abdoun
June 12, 2009
Date: Monday, June 15, 2009
Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: YWCA - Main Hall - Jabal Amman / 3rd Circle
Street: Mithgal Al-Fayez
City/Town: Amman, Jordan
Description: This Lecture is the first event in support of Be Aware of Noise Pollution effects on Human Health campaign to avoid noise pollution hazards on human health.
This event is supported by The Jordan Hashemite Fund For Human Development.
The lecturer is Dr. Mahmoud Al-Asad a specialist in health and related environmental hazards.
May 17, 2009
May 9, 2009
It is interesting that in many cities arround the globe most of the street curbs are built at the height of 0 cm or 1 cm which is much better solution, more accessible, and less dangerous. Also, it is much more pleasant and “normal” to cross the street with such curbs.
As for street crossings, the standard for building lowered curbs at street crossings should be 0 cm; not only for obvious reason.
Most of Amman street curbs are built with a 20 cm height, even higher, with a disconnected network of pedestrian movement.
Street curb form an important element in the urban design of the city. With a more appropriate curbs the pedestrian network will be improved, and the citizens will have a more pleasent pedestrian movement.
We keep investing our resources in building our pedestrian network and it still fail to serve the pedestrians. The problem have many dimentions but a proper street curb height need to be enforced in order to get a friendly height for the pedestrians.
April 17, 2009
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Enjoy... and good luck Ghassan .
Type rest of the post here
April 16, 2009
April 12th, 2008 Amman/Jordan
The Road Safety Center for Excellence of the German Jordanian University recently won Al Hassan Bin Talal Award for Scientific Excellence for the year 2009, for its achievements in the Road Safety Auditing and for projects implemented in this field.
Holding workshops and starting a diploma program in road safety were the best projects that drove RSCOE to the award. In addition to other projects that were creatively provided by the center; such as case studies of some relevant streets and intersections in Amman prepared by local experts and students. At a later stage, and in cooperation with traffic engineers from the Greater Amman Municipality, these study-cases were formulated and several sites in Jordan were visited by the center's teams. Consequently, the " Road Safety Auditing level 1 " workshop has been launched by the center as a second step following the documentation of each case into reports. This workshop took place at the facilities of GJU and on the streets of Amman Recently; the center prepared three workshops covering three regions in Jordan: the north, middle, and south in cooperation with the Ministry of Municipalities and Rural Affairs.
Mr. Emad Salameh, the Director of RSCOE, stated: "our center has a clear vision to become a center of excellence by combining education, scientific research and advanced knowledge in a national strategy for road safety, and that was our path to this precious award, which we are all proud of ".
RSCOE is a pioneering center and first of it’s kind in the region, founded by Hikmat Road Safety in cooperation with German Jordan University, Greater Amman Municipality, and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.
The center’s main objective is to qualify experts in Road Safety targeting governmental and non governmental professionals covering all of Jordan. The center began establishing a database by developing standards and guidelines for road safety auditing adopted from other countries and adjusted to suit Jordan's regulations.
March 31, 2009
March 20, 2009
Amman is growing fast and it's population is expected to increase up to 6 million in year 2025. We've seen reactions toward this expected growth from different organizations and one of them were Amman growth plan introduced by GAM.
Amman city is developing rapidly, but it's development is taking the shape of expansion and or adaptation. On the other hand, more measures needs to be taken towards containing the growth, Urban Sprawl, increase in population, immigration ( Jordan have high immigration rates according to CIA Factbook), and immigration from less developed cities to the capital.
"World Carfree Day is the perfect time to take the heat off the planet and putit on politicians and planners to give priority to cycling, walking and publictransport," says Randall Ghent, initiator of the first World Carfree Day in 2000. The global day of action now takes place annually on September22. On September 22, 2007, World Carfree Network and its member organizations around the world call for permanent changes to make cities more environmentally and socially sustainable 365 days a year. In more than 1,500 cities and 40countries, liked-minded active citizens around the world will call for measuresthat actively reduce car use, with carfree street festivals, bicycle parades,street closures and other special events.For individuals, the network and its supporters will distribute a condensed one-month version of its Autoholics Anonymous 12-step programme, to give people the support they need to kick the car habit.For municipalities, the network and its supporters will encourage implemention of the infrastructural and policy changes necessary to reduce our society’s car dependence and increase our quality of life. As a separate project related to World Carfree Day, the network has put out a call for submissions for its 2nd Annual Street Conversion Design Contest (www.worldcarfree.net/contest/), challenging people to come up with cutting-edge designs to transform existing areas to create lively people-oriented spaces free of traffic. They are encouraged to implement the designs on the ground on September 22.
March 19, 2009
As part of our efforts in building the capacity of Road Safety professionals in Jordan. The Jordanian Architects Society with cooperation of The Road Safety Center of Excellence is holding a public lecture at the "Jordanian Architects Society", targeting the architects and engineers.
The lecture titled: "An Architectural Perspective on Pedestrian Road Safety "
Who: Architect Emad Amin Salameh, RSCOE GM
When: Saturday, March 21st at 6:00 PM
Where: Beit ALMemar ( Jabal Alqal3a )
Invitation is open for the public.
February 20, 2009
According to amman plan you can notice the slogan: "a livable city is an organized city with a soul." I was navigating Monocle's published list of the most livable cities trying to find the features of a livable cities and I found the following:
# 1: Munich emerges as the most liveable city
#2: Copenhagen is Scandinavia's most desirable city
#3: For Zurich, new vibrancy in Switzerland's finance capital
#4: Tokyo's peace behind the glitter
#5: In Vienna, Mittel-European grandeur meets modernity
#7: Sydney creates urbanity by the beach
#8: Stockholm shows the big charms of a small city
#9: Honolulu is a truly global city
#10: Madrid emerges from Barcelona's shadow
#11: Melbourne's touch of old Europe
#12: Montreal mixes French flair and American urbanity
#13: Barcelona boasts a cosmopolitan mix
#14: Kyoto combines antiquity with style
#15: Vancouver is experiencing a boom
#16: Auckland slowly gets to know itself
#17: Singapore's newly blossoming cultural landscape
#18: Hamburg's hip, modern metropolis
#19: Paris - rainy, gray, still a great place to live
#20: Geneva's efficient savoir-vivre
January 23, 2009
The only two countries in the Arab world with democratic presidential elections are Palestine and Lebanon. Both have political problems, attacked by Israel, and the world is against them. Isn't that Ironic? Maybe we are not ready for democracy, or maybe the west don't want a real democracy!
January 3, 2009
You can support Gaza and donate NOW:
- Greater Amman Municipality in coopration with Jordan River Foundation is collecting flour, rice, sugar, oil, powder milk, infant formula and tea. Those wishing to offer any assistance can call telephone ++962-6-4619968, fax ++962-6-4746822, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Through UNRWA can deposit in Arab Bank, SWIFT Code: ARABPS22600 or HSBC: BBMEJOAX.
- Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization, Tel,: +962 6 46181. OR deposit at: Jordan Islamic Bank, account number 12920 and the Union Bank, account number 245666.
- Jordan River Foundation, Tel.: +962 6 593 3211. Or deposit at: Kuwait Bank’s main branch, account number 0252318087.
If you know other channels for distribution you can post it here too?
January 1, 2009
December 24, 2008
Under a major public transport plan by GAM, huge buses will be operated on main routes in the capital (Photo courtesy of GAM)
December 19, 2008
December 17, 2008
Jordanian Architects Society is honored to invite you this Wednesday 17/12/2008 - 5:50PM at JAS Headquarter / Jabal Al-Qala'a to an architectural gathering under the title(Conservation Standards in Architectural Practice) that will be presented by Dr. Salim Elwazani ( Professor of Architecture & Environmental Design at Bowling Green State University, Ohio State, USA) and will include some of his distinguished theoretical and practical experience in this field.