The stone column is made out of collected stone architectural ruins.
The different stone elements come from different periods of time and illustrate different techniques of construction.
The stones were geometrically analyzed and through stereotomy research, interfaces between the stone elements were created in order to build a self-standing column.
The microscope is built from low-cost material.
The microscope can be operated using ultraviolet, infrared, and visible light.
There are three ports to the microscope which allows the microscope to be connected to a laptop or a smartphone so that teachers and professors can project and share images with a large audience.
Meeting Points is a working prototype for a reconfigurable composite material system, a tensility and equilibrium of steel, wood, and fiber.
The work was only made possible through each individual connection and the intuitive hands that created them.
These different meeting points arise in response to the design processes of Bedouin tent-making craft.
This project is an effort to capture nostalgic pleasures, reminiscent of our childhood.
Through the use of pep, the designers hope to reawaken the pure joy of repetitive rocking or swaying – the comforting feelings we have all experienced in our lives, whether in the arms of our caregivers or on the famous rocking horse toy.
By using a combination of conductive and resistive threads, Silence Tapestry changes color as people interact with it.
The work was executed in a collaboration between Amina Agueznay and 23 craftswomen (maalmates) from the Entraide nationale of Bouznika, a small town near Casablanca, Morocco.
'Skin' is an 18-square-meter patchwork made in the natural tones of recycled fishnet, cotton and sabra thread (vegetal viscose).
This work is designed to last for the duration of the exhibition.
Nine columns, each composed of soils found in different parts of Jordan, are placed on a platform.
Each column is constructed using a rammed earth building technique and is set in stratified layers, reflecting a distinct color and texture.
The exhibited collection is inspired by naturally shaped pebbles.
The work forms harmony and equilibrium with its surroundings.
The work consists of models, furniture and useful objects placed next to, on top of, or behind one another.
Together, all artifacts, all architecture, present themselves as a sort of still life; a place in between a city and a living room.
The Argeileh Project is a systems-based approach to addressing the huge environmental problem.
Proposed in two parts; the project shows how we can at first re-purpose the plastic waste that the current system has created into functional everyday objects.
The second part proposes a circular production and consumption system to significantly reduce the environmental impact of the disposable argeileh pipes.
Earth Chair attempts to tackle the excessive use of concrete as a construction material in Jordan.
The work also tackles the lack of reading.
'Minor Paradises' is a prototype for a waterless public garden.
The work is a provocation set against both the Arab ideal of the garden as heaven and against colonial notions of modern landscape.
The waterless gardens feature water resilient plant life from across the Jordanian landscape.
'Minor Paradises' creates a sampling of the Levantine ecosystem.
"Urban Patterns" is a visual cartographic exhibition.
The work highlights the effects of human exploitation of natural landscapes in Jordan.
An exploration of the comics in the Arab world.
Samandal is a volunteer-based non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the art of comics in Lebanon and the rest of the world, publishing and organizing comics-related events since 2007.
Skefkef is a Casablanca-based independent comics magazine.
Garage is an Egyptian independent magazine for comic narrative that stemmed out of the ‘Planet of Painters’ project. It was founded by the duo Twins Cartoon. The magazine merges between work by professional and young artists from all over the Arab world with the goal of promoting interaction between artists and creating new comics, in the hopes of making comics as a pop art.
Skefkef aims to explore the social and cultural dimensions of Morocco through drawings and texts that oscillate between serious and satirical, good and bad, white and black, while describing the nuances and the contrasts of a changing society.
TokTok is a review that aims to produce a bustling mass of comic strips in a free, contemporary spirit, drawn and edited by its own artists. It was founded by artists Shennawy, Makhlouf, Andeel, Hicham Rahma, and Tawfik.
Fanzeen is a comics collective launched in 2018 in Amman, Jordan. Mike V. Derderian, the publisher and editor, wants to produce comics that tackle everything from science fiction to fantasy, with comic artists, illustrators and writers from this region and abroad.
'Basta' is a flexible, multi-use, and affordable street trolley.
The project’s ambition is to help street vendors and any other potential beneficiaries in organizing their business.
'Basta' is a space-effective project which provides a greater mobility.
The project presents a functional design alternative to using the first aid toolkit.
The design helps facilitate personal medical care during emergency management efforts.
The work helps in case of a paramedic delay or the need for instant treatment.
The collection presented is part of the ongoing work ‘Hollow Forms’.
The work echoes and replicates the forms of actual vessels from the Levant currently held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
The collection takes the vessels' stories a step further by allowing the objects to “speak.”
The Refugee Collection is a tribute to the struggle of Syrian refugees.
The collection is constructed and twined mainly with paper rush, much like a nest.
The nest represents the need for protection and expressing the isolation of refugees in their newly adopted homes.
This installation started with a series of contemporary motifs.
The work is inspired by the narrative and talismanic qualities of traditional Palestinian embroidery.
The concrete terrazzo cylinder of the lamp doubles as a coffee table.
The lamp is made of concrete terrazzo with marble turned on a stone lathe, and a reshaped steel tube that is mechanically fixed to the concrete.
The concrete terrazzo cylinder acts as an anchor to stabilize the inherently unstable shape of the hoop that holds the lighting fixture.
The initial idea of Bananatopia is to map the city of Cairo.
The work looks through the lens of segregation and social differences in Cairo.
An item of everyday use, the banana, was chosen as a medium to map this issue by surveying its different varieties and prices in Cairo’s main neighborhoods.
This change in price and type reveals the huge differences between the districts in Cairo.
Groundplan Drawings is an on-going collection of drawings made by Syrian friends and relatives who are currently living in Europe and the United States.
The drawings were made by refugees who were forced to leave their homes since the war broke out in 2011.
The placement, volume, and density of the compressed waste throughout the pieces is deliberate.
All recycled waste integrated into silica sand is left for interpretation, resonating in both a sensory and contemplative experience.
The Woven Mashrabiya is a reinterpretation of the traditional Mashrabiya facade elements.
The work explores the possibilities of translating this historical craft into a contemporary modular system.
The modular system allows endless possibilities for assembly at different scales and configurations.
In this piece, the viewer is invited to enter a world that is constructed of fabric.
The 'room' is both soft and tactile, but also rigid and structured.
The design offers a shelter and a personal meditating space.
The work brings back the viewer into the world of the handmade crafts.
Innovators Ibrahim and Mohammad have developed a battery-powered pen with an LED light that lights the words that are being written or read when lighting isn’t available.
This low-cost pen is conveniently rechargeable, and is easily carried by a clip that can be attached to a pocket.
The film series invites the viewer to observe the human's interaction with his urban environment.
This work is a long-term research project developed until now in seven different cities.
The series were filmed in: Seoul, Bogota, Naples, Saint Petersburg, Rabat, Kyoto and Tokyo.
Like the rest of the pieces in this collection, the washing machine is fun to assemble and can easily be flat-packed and stored away.
The set of kitchen appliances for children is an affordable modular.
The set is easy to assemble and disassemble flat-packed.
The set is designed for children aged 3+.
This work is a celebration of the making of the Bedouin home.
The work consists of the same soft components – floor, walls, and ceiling.
The work was woven simultaneously as one continuous textile, dressed over a metal frame.
“To Practice a Place“ is a video installation visually investigating the Levantine Dabkeh folk dance.
Dabkeh gestures and body movements are anchored in land and geography and are derived from rhythms of the different landscapes of the Levant.
The research project consists of a series of photography and documentation, through the interpretation of the concept of HETEROTOPIA.
The work uncovers the inaccessible fragments of the site and responds to the issue of the area's inaccessibility and state of abandonment.
The work allows it to be hypothetically revisited and gives the visitors the opportunity to experience it from afar.
The work was inspired by an in-depth research conducted between 2014 and 2018.
The study revolved around Petra's columns, capitals and crowns.
Columns to Crowns is a collection of objects which bridge morphology, scale, and expression to showcase possibilities.
Stone Weave is a coffee table composed of 2000 pieces.
The stone pieces were hand-sawed, polished, and woven.
The stone slab is reduced into smaller threaded units interlaced with metal threads, forming a weaving system that is similar to the process of weaving a carpet, where the weave has no limit.
This coffee table is composed of a core and an outer shell.
The core is made out of an assembly of 1000 hand-sawed stone pieces and covered with a polished stainless steel shell.
A cantilevered coffee table is carved out of a new type of kutleh block.
The natural state of stone and marble is exposed in this block.
The table was made of repurposed stone.
This is a limited edition piece.
The work consists of hand-painted collection of ceramics.
The collection was inspired by the various feelings you may have when traveling alone; when you're caught in the rain without an umbrella in the thick summer air.
"hale" is a project that aims to upgrade patient hospital attire.
The design is a progression towards a new generation of integration between design and technology.
The design serves patients’ and doctors’ essential daily needs.
The collection consists of three different patient gowns: the disposable, the launderable, and the sensor gown.
The ambition of “Let’s go terrazzo” is to revive the Jordanian terrazzo industry.
The work reintroduces modest and recycled material.
The materials were made into more fresh finishes, colors and patterns.
Functional Ornament is a series of paper models.
The work explores the potential of ornate Islamic geometric compositions.
The work reuses the Islamic geometric compositions as functional house-hold objects.
The work is introduced as a comic series.
Amman ya Amman explores the complex narratives of five individuals who are all living in Amman.
Each character navigates and experiences the city in varied ways.
In El Zein’s Seduction Series, a pair of forms begin detached from one another and through a series of sequential steps, gradually intertwine.
Materiality plays a central role in the work of Nourredine Amir.
The designer takes on materiality as a starting point through which the dress is born from the material in an intuitive process of making and shaping.
This edible statue is a replica of the Ein Ghazal statue that was discovered in Jordan.
The original statue is currently exhibited in the Louvre - Abu Dhabi.
The statue is one of the most significant and important archaeological objects representative of Jordanian cultural heritage.
These one of a kind handmade wall tapestries are original works of art, woven directly on the loom without the aid of a preliminary design. They are colored with natural vegetable dyes from plants found in the gardens of the Ramses Wissa Wassef Art centre.
This tapestry is woven by Ali Seliem, age 71, who began weaving when he was 8 years old during school holidays. He depicts the daily life in an Egyptian village and fields along the banks of the Nile, where the villagers are going about their activities, attending to their buffalos and animals, with camels carrying the palm reeds. Palms are in full bloom with their red dates.
The Canyon Walls are a series of freestanding curvilinear partitions inspired by the Jordanian Siq, or naturally formed canyon.
These walls are arranged to create a narrow passage.
The work offers a sanctuary where people can disconnect and experience moments of spatial expansion and compression.
“Saha" is a constellation constructed through the spatial and symbolic definers of the Hashemite Plaza.
The spatial and symbolic definers of the Hashemite Plaza are; the Amphitheater, the arcades of Saqf el Seil Street (Quraysh St.), and the invisible body of water.
The body of the plaza itself becomes absent as it dissolves in its surroundings and the competing representations of publics.
This work explores one of many possibilities that puts together, or joins, separate yet familiar elements in a new body.
The work was made of consolidated gravel.
Elements: A mound of gravel / A passageway / A space / A ruin / A landscape / A sculpture / An architecture.
This constructed and imagined landscape seeks to re-question our often romantic relationship to landscape in architecture.
The work suggests a more direct and physical relationship to site and land.
The work was made by pigmented gypsum casted on sand.
The works were sculpted out of pieces of stones found on the land outside the artist’s studio.
The shape and size of each found stone dictates, through an intuitive process, the final outcome, whether is a sculpture or a stool.
This furniture set was developed in house from the materials that were produced to showcase their diverse possibilities and characteristics.
The aim behind the work is to transform agricultural waste into valuable, sustainable and functional everyday products.
Made From Jordan is a versatile, strong and lightweight material that is 100% biodegradable.
The tables was produced using precise manufacturing techniques and non-linear casting operations.
The designer used technological processes in hand-crafting.
The work uses recycled industrial materials.
Calm and Chaos is an intimate interactive installation.
The installation explores a new form of storytelling.
The work uses speculative design as a tool for communication.