Jordan's capital city, Amman, and its surrounding outgrowths, represent a microcosm of the issues that define rapid urbanization in today's world. One particular outgrowth, Rusaifah, presents a unique set of issues to understand and improve.
In the spring of 2010 a number of international architects, planners and activists came together on request of the Jordanian Ministry of Social Development to devise a spacial development strategy for the Amman-Rusaifah region. Over the course of about two weeks, the team conducted fieldwork, which consisted of historical research, focus meetings, interviews with community youth leaders and and surveys of local NGOs. They then combined these humanitarian considerations with architectural and ecological investigations of Rusaifah's neighborhoods.
Based on their work, this film is a brief portrait of Rusaifah and the people who live and work there. It offers an on-the-ground look and behind-the-scenes glance at what, from the designers and activists' perspectives, are the six defining design ecologies of the city.