Archive for July, 2008

Muhannad and Noor and the fate of the Arab Nation!

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

If the poor Ottomans only knew! They could have controlled the Arab lands till this day with just a bunch of dubbed soap operas. But, as history would have it, the world didn’t have satellite TV 100 years ago. Armies, railways and other such “hardware” was still necessary back then. But the Turks are back. [...]

Design by committee can kill

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

What happens when corporate committees start “art directing”..

How “Necessary” is it for an “online” shopping business to have a website?

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

Tucked away in one of the harder to notice alleys of Zara Center in Amman, I found the poster above and the shop it advertised: Unnecessary Necessity (say that 10 times quickly and win a 360east car sticker).. The poster caught my eye. I mean who wouldn’t wish King Kong is unleashed onto the top [...]

live blogging from a blogger’s wedding!

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

i am at roba and musa’s wedding. While everyone is dancing to arabo-pop beats i am siting at the far end of the party live blogging. Just to prove a point. Congratulations! UPDATE: I just came home past midnight. And here’s a photo I took

Say goodbye to the ‘Factory of Smoke’. Say hello to Amman’s Opera House

Friday, July 25th, 2008

This would make a great anti-smoking campaign. “Sing and dance instead of sucking on that cigarette”. The Tobacco Factory (or ‘Masna’ al-Dukhan’, Arabic: the Factory of Smoke), one of Amman’s old industrial landmarks is being demolished these days. In its place, the Amman municipality will build Darat King Abdullah II, a very ambitious project that [...]

Amman’s first Arabic typo facade

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Deconstructivist architecture meets modern Arabic typography in this facade of a new restaurant that will open on Amman’s Mecca street! This building has caught my attention for the first time some months ago, as I saw its “haphazardly” placed metal columns being erected. But it was a real surprise around a week ago to see [...]

Two faces of Ammani villa architecture

Friday, July 25th, 2008

The contrast cannot be greater. Two villas on the western edge of Amman. Two totally different styles of architecture. I say “styles” because both are rather large houses and share the same rural-urban setting that is typically Amman, where, since the 1970′s the western part of the city has been exploding further westwards, engulfing villages [...]