Amman Cultural Trails Workshop brought together 12 architecture students from Columbia University and Jordan. Students initiated a pilot study to explore ways that the cultural heritage of Amman can be understood and interpreted in the contemporary context, and viewed as a resource to contribute towards more socially and environmentally sustainable urban futures.
Participating students also collaborated on the mapping of the cultural resources in the city, both tangible heritage such as monuments and artifacts, as well as intangible heritage such as visual and performing arts, building crafts, and contemporary creative practices.
The workshop concluded with the Urban Futures Symposium on August 23 that brought together experts, scholars, and critical thinkers of urbanism in the region to explore some of the urgent issues facing cities today. Participants discussed the new challenges of development and urbanization in the preceding years, as well as those they must confront in the years to come. Participants discussed how they envision the coming two decades of their urban future, given the growing salience of the global agendas of sustainability and heritage preservation.