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Research: Design Interventions at Al Azraq Camp

Client: Civic
Year: June 2020
Team: Liyan Al Jabi, Sara Yaseen, Sarah Hejazin, Jafar Al Jabi

Refugee camps present challenging living conditions where basic survival needs can become the overriding focus for families within, which affect the efforts needed for a healthy development of the community in general and children in specific. It is estimated that vast numbers of children living in camps have significant psychological difficulties, exacerbated by the numerous adversities they can potentially experience which are associated with forced migration.

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Recognition of the need for research-based design and urban interventions to help to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of humanitarian responses has been increasing. Also, interventions in environments that are more easily accessed by children and families are becoming more relevant for distressed populations in refugee camps.

These diagrams are part of a report that represents the comprehensive research conducted by Arini in Al Azraq Camp to understand and analyze the current living conditions of the camp residents, their pastime activities and social relationships. It presents the on-site and off-site studies, observations, interviews, and data collection on Al Azraq region and Al Azraq Camp. In addition to analyzing the existing research, relevant projects, case studies and reports in order to draw holistic and cohesive conclusions and recommendations for design interventions which cater to the families and children of the camp.

The research was concluded under four categories in order to provide a comprehensive design brief to carry the upcoming design process forward:

Location | Scale | Program | Material

Study of Housing Mock-up Building in Ras Al Ayn

Analysis & recommendations

Client: UNDP Jordan

Project: Heart of Amman

Commission: Research and analysis of Housing Mock-Up building

Team: Mohammad Al Jabi, Sara Yaseen

Images: Arini

A comprehensive analytical and architectural study of the housing mock-up building in Ras Al Ayn Park was carried out in January 2020 as part of the ‘Heart of Amman’ project by UNDP. It was a part of a second phase after the rejection of the initial site (Habib Zyoudi) via GAM’s assessment. This analysis included drawings and images of the house in addition to data from its surrounding environment.

The study was conducted in two scales: within a 500m radius range,  in addition to the building itself on a micro-scale. The analysis was followed up with design recommendations for optimizing the space as a location for consultation and receiving professional advice (Incubation hub).

Year built: 2016

Footprint: 146 sqm

Total area:  210 sqm

Current condition (2020): poor; needs maintenance and repair. Non-functioning utility.

The history of the house

The house was constructed as part of “As Sakan Al Muyassar”, a competition launched in February 2015 by UN-Habitat. It aimed to serve the greater goal of providing 30K small housing units for Jordanian families earning a middle income. This mock-up typology served as a live demonstration for these families and investors alike.

Macro analysis

The house is rather introverted in position, situated on a lower level and surrounded by high-crowning vegetation, making the views from the building outwards and vice versa more than partially obstructed. The footprint of the building it significantly smaller The site is part of the cultural district near GAM. There is a high concentration of commercial and industrial activities to the south of the building and a medium to high concentration of residential units on the northern side. The building may be accessed on foot through two entrances from the southern side. These may all be valuable points of potential consideration for activating the park together with the program adapting to the building.

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