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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Jordan Dead Sea Development Zone Master Plan by Sasaki Associates, Inc.

February 2nd, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Sasaki Associates, Inc.

In order to capitalize on its cultural and political assets, the Government of Jordan has established a series of six Development Zones in which directed efforts are being made to increase foreign and domestic investment. The Dead Sea Development Zone encompasses 40 square kilometers of coastal land along the lowest body of water on earth.

Image Courtesy Sasaki Associates, Inc.

  • Architects: Sasaki Associates, Inc.
  • Project: Jordan Dead Sea  Development Zone Master Plan
  • Location: Amman, Jordan
  • Owner: Jordan Development Zones Commission
  • Collaboration: Buro Happold; Sigma Consulting; Tetra Tech
  • Photography: Sasaki Associates, Inc.

Image Courtesy Sasaki Associates, Inc.

The Detailed Master Plan for the Dead Sea Development Zone lays out a vision and blueprint for fostering a dynamic, robust, and sustainable tourism-based economy at the Dead Sea that will become a source of pride and revenue for the Kingdom and set the highest standard for sustainable development and innovative urban design. Critically, the plan establishes a “balanced approach” between development and conservation of this most precious resource. At the same time, it will strengthen local economies and greatly support social infrastructure for nearby existing communities.

Image Courtesy Sasaki Associates, Inc.

Comprehensive design guidelines, a detailed infrastructure report, and an extensive market study enable the client to attract investment. Future development will follow a carefully choreographed phasing plan that capitalizes on existing investments, introduces infrastructure to precede development, and preserves large contiguous tracts of developable land as future land banks.

Image Courtesy Sasaki Associates, Inc.

The year-long master planning process focused on critical work sessions held in Amman with local community leaders, government officials, international and local investors, and leading academics.

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