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Title:Constructing global Amman: petrodollars, identity, and the built environment in the early twenty-first century
Author(s):Musa, Majd
Director of Research:Stallmeyer, John C.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Stallmeyer, John C.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Dearborn, Lynne M.; Ruggles, D. Fairchild; Cuno, Kenneth M.
Department / Program:Architecture
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
commodified space
creative destruction
globalizing cities
city image
Amman and architecture
architecture and identity
architecture and capital
megaprojects and globalization
megaprojects in Amman
large-scale developments in Amman
capitalism and the built environment
megaproject advertisement
identity construction
image construction
image building
spaces of consumption
consumerist space
advertising and architecture
advertising and the built environment
Jordan and architecture
contemporary architecture in Jordan
Jordanian identity
modern Jordanian
modernization and Jordan
architecture in the Middle East
architecture and Dubai
the Dubai model
Gulf states and architecture
petrodollar investment
petrodollars in Jordan
foreign investment in Amman
Gulf developers
Gulf developers and Amman
foreign investment and the built environment in Amman
large-scale developments
Abdali project
Abdali New Downtown
new downtown
Jordan Gate
early-twenty-first-century Amman
tall buildings in Amman
spectacular developments in Amman.
Abstract:This study investigates the influences of capital flows, particularly petrodollars from the Gulf states, to Amman in the early twenty-first century on the city’s urban built environment. The study is carried out through an in-depth analysis of three case studies of contemporary megaprojects in Amman: the Abdali New Downtown, Sanaya Amman, and Jordan Gate. The research methods include reviewing relevant theoretical work and historical and contemporary resources on Amman and its built environment, analyzing advertising discourse on the study cases, conducting site visits, and interviewing stakeholders. The study concludes that capital flows to Amman led to the introduction of new urban forms and functions to the city, significantly transforming the city’s built environment and influencing the city residents’ identity in ways that mostly served the interest of capital. Capital flows produced several upscale mixed-use megaprojects, large-scale developments including high-end office, residential, shopping, and entertainment spaces, as modern, spectacular, upscale commodified spaces for display and consumption. Amman’s megaprojects showed commonalities in shape and function with megaprojects in other cities, particularly in the Gulf. However, the processes that produced Amman’s megaprojects were different than the processes that produced megaprojects in other cities. As a globally recognizable type of development serving functions and creating images similar to those of megaprojects in cities of high global standing, the city’s megaprojects served as a means to construct global Amman. These megaprojects and the advertising discourse surrounding them represented the city residents as modern, primarily as consumers and technologically advanced similar to their counterparts in modern cities, enhancing the modern city image and advancing the construction of global Amman.
Issue Date:2014-01-16
Rights Information:Copyright 2013 Majd Abdallah Nemer Musa
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-01-16
Date Deposited:2013-12

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