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Greater Amman: metropolitan growth and scenarios for sustainable urban development

Abu al Haija, A. and Potter, R. B. (2013) Greater Amman: metropolitan growth and scenarios for sustainable urban development. In: Le vie dei Mercanti: XI Forum Internazionale di Studi, 13-15 Jun 2013, Aversa, Capri, pp. 491-501. (in: Gambardella, C (2013): Heritage, Architecture, Landesign: focus on Conservation, Regeneration, Innovation, Le vie dei Mercanti: XI Forum Internationale di Studi, La Scuola di Pitagora Editrice: Napoli, Italy, (ISBN 978-88-6542-290-8).)

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This paper reviews the development of Greater Amman, Jordan noting that the vast urban expansion that has occurred over the last fifty years has led to the desertification of rare fertile lands, following the fragmented and scattered territorial expansion of the city. The future scenario for planning in Greater Amman is analyzed in respect of proposals outlined in the Metropolitan Growth Plan of 2008, which assumes a rapid population growth from 2,200,000 persons in 2006, to approximately 6,500,000 by 2025. The concentration of more than 39 per cent of the national population of Jordan in Greater Amman threatens the transformation of former distinct settlement pattern into a distinctive continuous urban zone, aggravating problems of infrastructural provision, water needs, agricultural lands, and leaving unresolved problems of land inflation, poor urban standards and housing shortages. In conclusion, the environmental implications of the Amman Metropolitan Growth Plan are analysed, and it is suggested that an alternative approach is needed, based on clear principles of sustainable urban development.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions:Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Human Environments
Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Geography and Environmental Science
ID Code:32969
Uncontrolled Keywords:Amman, Urban Growth, Agricultural Lands, Potable Water, Public Standards, Site and Services


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