The Jordan gate towers of Amman: Surrendering public space to build a neoliberal ruin

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Abstract

The Jordan Gate Towers of Amman, a luxury development, provide a case study of forms of planning practice undertaken as part of neoliberal processes in a city aspiring for regional relevance, well timed with the receipt of transnational capital investment. Deregulated planning practice in Amman became a vehicle for the inversion of the process of eminent domain and the subsequent appropriation of public property for private profit. The result is a compromise of public interest in favor of government collaboration with private developers, a conundrum examined in this article through the case of the Jordan Gate Towers. Findings are based upon data and documents collected from the municipality, and interviews with city officials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-101
Number of pages29
JournalInternational Journal of Islamic Architecture
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Abdali Redevelopment
  • Amman Municipality
  • Jordan First
  • Jordan Gate neoliberal development eminent domain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Architecture
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Urban Studies

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