Archive for the 'Architecture' Category

This.. is creativity: the sonic wire sculptor

Friday, April 21st, 2006

My friend Sabbagh just emailed me a link to the amazing sonic wire sculptor project. Talk about music, drawing, architectural space and technology coming together. Have a look and make sure you watch the video. This is what I call creativity.


Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

From the introduction to Rem Koolhaas’/Harvard Design School’s Project on the City (Volume 2, Guide to Shopping):

“Shopping is arguably the last remaining form of public activity. Through a battery of increasingly predatory forms, shopping has infiltrated–even replaced–almost every aspect of urban life. Town centers, suburbs, streets, and now airports, train stations, museums, hospitals, schools, the […]

Aqaba’s artificial lakes: amazing attractions, but how do they work?

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

It’s the question of water..

This is the New Aqaba. The 5 Billion dollar project recently announced. (Go see the hi-res pics on Sha3teely’s blog). As you can see above, it is to be built around a huge artificial lake.

Then there’s Ayla (recently rebranded from Ayla Oasis, complete with a HUGE, seemingly unending advertising campaign).

Again you […]

The Friday sermon that a thousand people DIDN’T hear!

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

Today, Friday, I decided to attend Friday prayers at the newly inaugurated King Hussein mosque. I live just a hundred meters away from the mosque, so my son and I walked the short distance, as did thousands of people who wanted to attend the first Friday prayers held there.

I am no fan of traditionalist architecture, […]

King Hussein Mosque location

Monday, April 10th, 2006

For those who asked.. The King Hussein mosque in the Dabouq suburb, behind the King Hussein Gardens. Here you can see the mosque’s construction site maybe 2 or more years ago. The yellow marker is mine and has not been added to the Google Earth community. I hope you can read the longitude and latitude […]

The new King Hussein mosque at night

Monday, April 10th, 2006

While driving home yesterday, I saw that the King Hussein’s mosque lighting systems where being tested. The lit mosque looked quite stunning so I got out my camera and attempted a few shots. I didn’t have a tripod so most of them came out shaky. This one came out OK. Judging by the cleaning activities […]

From Amman to Karak on the Kings Highway

Sunday, April 9th, 2006

An amazing project has taken me and two colleagues down the Kings Highway on an exploratory tour. One of the colleagues is a veteran archaeologist. And boy does it make a difference when you have someone like that with you on an ancient road that links a myriad of sites. You alsmost forget the present […]