Amman Centennial Forum: Youth and Mayor Omar Maani talk about the city

Amman Centennial Forum

On Saturday 21 February 2009, from 5 to 8 pm, Amman’s youth are invited to attend an open Amman Centennial Forum with the Mayor of Amman Omar Maani, to discuss Amman’s vision, at Al Al Hussein Cultural Center in Ras Al Ein. Check out the event’s Facebook page.

This forum is being held by the Amman Institute for Urban Development, at the initiative of Interruptions, an experimental architectural/cultural publication that was started by a group of enthusiastic students last year.

I think that such a youth/student focused forum is a great idea. It will be a good chance to start a dialog with the Mayor and other decision makers at the municipality, to make sure that a young perspective on urban affairs is heard. Anyone who is interested in the future of Amman should attend.

SYNTAX was involved with the Interruptions team over the past few months and we ended up redesigning the magazine. The new issue designed by SYNTAX designer Ahmad Sabbagh will be distributed in the Forum. The finalizing of the magazine meant a series of sleepless nights for the Interruptions team and Ahmad, the likes of which SYNTAX has not seen in a long time. But we think it will be worth it :-)

Hope to see you at the Forum.

Below: the scene at the SYNTAX office a few nights ago.

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7 Responses to “Amman Centennial Forum: Youth and Mayor Omar Maani talk about the city”

  1. hussein Says:

    the photo is just amazing! sabbagh looks mutafaje2 :D

  2. Khaled sEDKI Says:

    Thanks a lot Ahmad for the unconditional support.
    This issue deserves to be dedicated to Syntax!
    I hope the [Banana Edition] would prove all we worked for

    Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday

  3. hadeel Says:

    Hello .. I study architecture in Jordan university 4th year, and I’m very interested in the local urban issues. And specially the research part and cultural studies involved, I’d be pleased if I could get in touch with, learn and participate..

    My appreciations..

    Hadeel Khawaja

  4. Suleiman Alhadidi Says:

    Good luck .. best wishes

  5. Samar Hijjawi Says:

    how come the GAM rechanged their logo after posting a new one??

  6. Laith Zraikat Says:

    Not really related to this post, but I have to say that the new Amman logo is hideous. I don’t think it should have been put up for voting.

    Creativity almost always comes from one individual, not a population. It’s the same reason why democracy never creates a revolution.

  7. Mayor Omar Maani comments on 360east regarding the Sanaya Amman skyscraper ads « Interruptions Says:

    [...] Mayor Omar Maani comments on 360east regarding the Sanaya Amman skyscraper adsApril 28th, 2009 My post about the Sanaya Amman advertising campaign, has attracted the attention of Mayor Omar Maani himself. Commenting on that post he wrote: I must agree the adverts look like the towers are touching the heavens when no other building dared do this. Although more than sixty stories in height, I assure all that it starts at one of the lowest points in Amman, in area A designated for high density mixed use, after a lot of studies, care & attention to the urban fabric of the city & the unique skyline of Amman. I am having a word with the developers on this.I think this is great. It is clear that the mayor has a sensitive understanding of Amman’s identity and urban image, which goes beyond the dealing with the city only as an ‘engineering’ or ‘traffic problem’ to be solved or as an ‘investment promotion’ issue. High rise developments are indeed part of most regional capitals’ future (although with the current financial crisis gripping the world, one wonders how many of the developer’s high rise dreams in Amman or elsewhere will be realized!). What’s important is that our city decision makers in the public and private sector acquire an understanding of Amman that deals with urban identity as a whole, beyond the mere planting of grandiose “icons” all over the place. One little know fact is that when Omar Maani took over as mayor a few years ago (at the hight of the real estate craze), there where a dozen or so approved or semi-approved tower developments, that looked as if they were copied straight from Dubai, planned between the 4th and 8th circle. Without the intervention of the mayor we would today be dealing with several (semi completed eyesores and potential traffic black spot along Zahran street and elsewhere. In Amman, we don’t elect our mayors (yet). One of Amman’s biggest challenges is the lack of public participation. It is encouraging that our mayor is trying to listen, wether through reading blogs (and commenting on them:-) or through listening to what the young people of the city have to say in public meetings like the Amman Centennial Forum recently. I just hope this momentum and spirit continues, as Amman has great challenges to face on every level of its existence.. [...]

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