Building and unbuilding a SEZ / GSAPP Spring Studio

Unbuilding and repurposing an SEZ, employs a scenario planning methodology which allows for speculations that help asses what might be instead of fixating in problem-solving for the city of Aqaba, Jordan, one of the most water-stressed cities in the World.The project is a critique of the solutions developed to confront the water scarcity predicted to hit Jordan in the upcoming years.Based on economic and ecological triggers, the proposal presents a future for the city of Aqaba, where the residents move from livelihoods based on real estate value extraction to remediation strategies on the site of luxury condos.


GSAPP MSc.AUD Spring Semester Studio 18`, with Deeksha Kalra and Niharika Kannan


Kate Orff, Laura Kurgan, Ziad Jamaleddine, Petra Kempf, Nora Akawi