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Amman Downtown Plan & Revitalization Strategy | Amman Institute

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Amman Downtown Plan & Revitalization Strategy | Amman Institute

  1. 1. pA pA planningAllianceAmman Downtown Plan & RevitalizationStrategyDowntown Development Framework
  2. 2. Why this project? pA • Establishing a framework and a strategy for Downtown Amman development for the next 20 years and beyond, • Addressing key issues and pressing problems within the downtown. Beirut, Lebanon Istanbul, Turkey Cairo, Egypt Barcelona, Spain Paris, France Aleppo, Syria 1
  3. 3. pA Amman Dow ntown Plan & Revitalization StrategyDowntown Development FrameworkIntroduction: Planning Context 1.0 2 2
  4. 4. pA 33
  5. 5. Downtown Amman Context pA DOWNTOWN • At the core of the Amman Metro Growth Plan, • A main connectivity node along the Wadi Amman spine. 4
  6. 6. 5pA Mahatta Historic Core Downtown Ashrafya Amphitheatre Citadel DOWNTOWN AMMAN STUDY AREA : 1,840 Dunoms Haddedeh Tunnel Jabal Hussein Jabal Amman GAM HISTORIC CORE: 900 Dunoms JabalWebedeh Where to Focus? Darat King Abdallah 2
  7. 7. pA Amman Dow ntown Plan & Revitalization StrategySituation Analysis 2.0 66
  8. 8. What to look at pA • Population Portrait • Employment • Land Use & Zoning • Built Fabric & Form • Public Realm • Housing • Community Facilities • Roads and Transportation • Infrastructure • Heritage • Environment 7
  9. 9. Amman Downtown Plan & Revitalization Strategy pA Amman Dow ntown Plan & Revitalization Strategy Main Issues to be Addressed 3.0 8
  10. 10. 3.0 Main Issues to be Addressed pA • The loss of the authentic role and function • Inadequate performance of the public realm • Lack of commercial, services and housing variety • Traffic congestion, transportation and parking problems • Slow economic growth and Challenges in accommodating future economic growth 9
  11. 11. Amman Downtown Plan & Revitalization Strategy pA Amman Dow ntown Plan & Revitalization Strategy Development Vision and Strategy 4.0 10
  12. 12. 4.0 Development Vision & Strategy pA “An inclusive commercially and residentially diverse city with a historical identity” - Community’s Vision What did the community ask for? • Retain the historic core as Jordan’s capital city, • Revitalize commercial areas, • Create vibrant gathering space, • Provide attractive housing options. 11
  13. 13. 4.3 Strategy Concept pA 12
  14. 14. 4.3 Land use and Zoning Strategy pA 13
  15. 15. 4.4 Built Form and Character Strategy pA 14
  16. 16. 4.5 Public Realm Strategy pA 15 15
  17. 17. 4.5 Strategy Components pA • Long Term Development Framework Multi sectoral framework that directs the Downtown future growth • Regulatory Framework A special Downtown regulation that aims at protecting the historical and physical Identity • Key Projects and Interventions Interventions that aim at creating the necessary conditions of revival, and demonstrating implementation approaches • Community Engagement Mobilizing the community to become a partner in the revitalization processes. 16
  18. 18. Amman Downtown Plan & Revitalization Strategy pA Amman Dow ntown Plan & Revitalization Strategy Framework Components 5.0 17
  19. 19. 5.0 Framework Points of Departure pA • Flexible framework • Responding to higher order transit • Multi-sectoral approach • Preservation focus • Responding to future development pressure • Continuous revisions, implementation process & Institutional focus • Balance between long term and short term needs • Building on the Downtown potentials 18 18
  20. 20. 5.1 Downtown Special Planning Area pA • A ‘Special Planning Area’ will be defined Jabal Citadel Weibdeh • Development will be Raghadan governed by special Hashemite Plaza regulations Al-Husseini Jabal Mosque Amman Amman Downtown Fountain Special Planning Area Plaza 19 19
  21. 21. 5.1 Conceptual Land Use pA Policy Overview: • Maintain mixed land use • New residences & offices • Mix will emphasize: - Housing diversity - Office Employment - Use Specialization - Major Retail - Entertainment District - Neighborhoods Protection 20
  22. 22. 5.1 Conceptual Land Use pA 21
  23. 23. 5.1 Land Use- Housing & Employment pA Housing Goal: • Upgrade housing stock • High density housing • Land assembly & improve services • Affordable Housing • Range of housing typologies • Neighborhoods Protection Employment Goal: • Increase employment opportunities • Provide secondary employment centers • Incentivize & facilitate Information technology • Re-establish government offices 22
  24. 24. 5.1 Land Use- Retail & A+E District pA Retail Goal: • A primary retail destination • Protect traditional retail • Provide a variety of retail types • Manage informal vendors Arts & Entertainment Goal: • Establish an Arts & Entertainment district • Initiate the planning of events & festivals • Institutionalize the process • Create a contemporary arts museum, live/work facilities and galleries 23
  25. 25. 5.1 Tourism & Community facilities pA Tourism Support: • Redevelop into a major tourist destination • Define a tourist district • Enhance tourist accommodations • Establish Pedestrian loops & pedestrian friendly networks • Creating attractive tourism Experiences. Community Facilities: • Integrating facilities with future growth and adjacent neighborhoods • Addition of institutional & public uses • Accommodate some university faculties • Accommodate Cultural facilities 24
  26. 26. 5.2 Transportation & Transit pA Policy Overview: • Create a ‘pedestrian priority’ environment • Phasing: near, medium, & long-term objectives • Vehicular traffic reduction • Restructure traffic flow • Introduce signalization & signage • Minimize surface parking 25 25
  27. 27. 5.2 Roadway Improvements pA 26
  28. 28. 5.2 Transportation & Transit pA Short Term: Medium Term: Long Term: • Improve conventional bus transit • Implement higher order transit • Regulate on-street parking • Pedestrian realm improvements: • Reduce non-essential car travel • Provide off-street parking sidewalks, pathways & stairways • Managed shared streets • Develop policies & zoning for on- site parking • Urbanize the arterial streets 27
  29. 29. 5.2 Transportation & Transit pA 28
  30. 30. 5.3 Objectives of Heritage pA • Identify heritage districts and buildings (based on the Amman Heritage Conservation Study by Turath) • Create a heritage register • Acquire district & review guidelines • Develop a heritage density transfer policy • Introduce a policy for tax abatement • Provide demonstration projects 29
  31. 31. The Public Realm pA Public Realm Framework An improved system of urban public spaces: 1. Network of streets - shared & managed ( car & pedestrian shared) 2. Themed linkages and pedestrian routes 3. Central Civic Plaza 4. Smaller Parks Plazas 5. Pedestrian Links to Parks adjacent neighborhoods Terraced Courts Existing Pedestrian Connections (to be enhanced) Proposed Pedestrian Connections 30
  32. 32. Amman Downtown Plan & Revitalization Strategy pA Amman Dow ntown Plan & Revitalization Strategy Key Interventions and Projects 6.0 31
  33. 33. 6.0 Key Interventions pA Public Projects Social and Economic Development Projects Pilot Interventions 32
  34. 34. 6.1 Public Projects pA Public Realm Improvements • Pedestrian friendly network • Key plazas & open space • Gateway landmarks Pedestrian Friendly Network Sidewalks Enhancement Plazas Parks Terraced Courts Existing Pedestrian Connections Proposed Pedestrian Connections Sidewalk Enhancement Gateway Landmark 33
  35. 35. 6.1 Pedestrian Friendly Network pA Faisal Street • Creating a pedestrian Turath Consultancy Office friendly space • Enhancing Economic regeneration 34
  36. 36. 6.1 Pedestrian Friendly Network pA Shared & Managed Streets • Reduce volume of traffic • Eliminate street parking • Widen sidewalks • Implement road pavement design Complete Pedestrianization Shared Streets (no off street parking at both sides) Shared Streets (Parking at selected segments) 35
  37. 37. 6.1 Pedestrian Friendly Network pA Proposed Enhancements Stairway Enhancement 1. AdrajAlashrafieh 2.Adraj MasatebAlJofeh 5 3. AdrajAlJofeh 4 4.Adraj Citadel • Link the Downtown to the hillsides 5. AdrajAlkalha 6.Adraj Philadelphia Bazaar • Introduce automated stairway between Qla’ and The Downtown • Redesign steep segments 6 3 • Create small pockets of open space 2 • Thematize routes Existing Pedestrian Connections (to be enhanced) Proposed Pedestrian Connections 1 36
  38. 38. 6.2 Maydan Amman pA 37
  39. 39. 6.2 Open Spaces and Plazas pA Masateb Aljofeh • Landscaped scheme of parks and terraced courts • Embedded in the . surrounding Jabals • Terraced park accessible by stairways and footpaths • Local materials • Low-maintenance species 38
  40. 40. 6.2 Open Spaces and Plazas pA Hashemite Plaza • Rehabilitate the existing Hashemite plaza • Connect to Philadelphia District • Design is complete and execution works are scheduled to commence in 2010 LAND PLANNING BY DESIGN 39
  41. 41. 6.2 Open Spaces and Plazas pA Citadel Open Space Development • Tourist visitor centre • Redevelopment of open spaces • Link to the Downtown pedestrian tourist loop 40
  42. 42. 6.2 Gateway Landmarks pA • Creating Public landmarks • Thematic Designs • Facilitating local designers and artists Contribution • Achieving better urban Gateway Landmark connections and attractions Southern West Gateway Northern West Gateway Eastern Gateway Proposed Design by Turath Consultants 41
  43. 43. 6.2 Infrastructure & Transport pA Infrastructure Network Upgrading • Enhancement of Storm-water Drainage Network • Further assessment of other Infrastructure Networks Transportation • Downtown Special Transportation Service (Shuttle Bus) 42
  44. 44. 6.3 Social and Economic Development Interventions pA Objectives • Increase the level of economic activity • Reverse the decay • Encourage a social mix • Support an area-based economy and local employability • Create an inclusive community 43
  45. 45. Provision of Affordable Housing pA Strategic Interventions: • Incentives/ regulations for diversity and affordability in the provision of housing • Affordable Green Housing Project: - Environmental friendly - Resource efficient - Low-cost Proposed Location 44
  46. 46. Markets and Clusters Enhancement- Interventions pA• Emphasize the existing agglomeration of firms• Capitalize on the Souq Al Dahab district to boost artistic jewelry design• Enhance Al Hussieni District market through the introduction of personal care products & services• Polish the cultural quarter Clusters Locations 45
  47. 47. Theme Markets Expansion pASuggested expansion of theme markets at Al-Husseini Mosque District At present Proposed 46
  48. 48. Markets and Clusters Enhancement - Supporting Mechanisms pA • Design sector-specific training and development programs for small businesses • Brand and promote clusters • Provide government-subsidized rents or fiscal incentives • Approach the relevant aid projects for technical assistance on cluster development 47
  49. 49. Enhancement of Accommodation Alternatives pA • Provide incentives • Upgrade hotels to a higher classification • There are two adaptive re-sue buildings proposed for boutique hotels (A,B) Locations of existing hotels 48
  50. 50. 6.4 Façade Improvements & Rooftops Greening pA • Demonstration of rehabilitation processes to owners • Increases attractiveness and viability • GAM as an initiator and support provider • Maydan Amman as a pilot project 49
  51. 51. Office Space Development in Target Areas pA• Attract major corporations into selected areas• GAM could offer extra air rights to landowners 50
  52. 52. Adaptive Reuse pA• Promote vacant buildings• GAM Acts as a facilitator• Support agreements between investors and building owners• Provide incentives for rehabilitation and heritage conservation 51
  53. 53. pAThank you!

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