Jack Bai
urban design & landscape architecture

Housing Typology | Jordan

Housing Typology Study in Jordan


Columbia GSAPP, M.S Architecture & Urban Design
Instructors: Kate Orff, Nora Akawi, Ziad Jamaleddine, Petra Kempf, Laura Kurgan
Spring Studio 2018
Project Location: Jordan
In Collaboration with Betsy Daniel, Ken Piyawut  and Janki Shah


We looked at housing and built form through the framework of migration of people, whether it be refugees, workers or population changes over time and how they formed different patterns of settlement. We developed this matrix as a way to map these built form changes, starting from 1948 until the present condition throughout the Jordan landscape, starting from the north at Amman to Aqaba to the south.


The section shows how existing building typology through the four transects. Though Amman is a dense urban center there are examples within the transect that we can look at within the contemporary setting. Each transect bring its unique characteristics for a lenses of study.