Collaborative Design Workshop in Amman Explored Theme of Comfort


The Amman Lab Workshop is an intensive three week exploration of emergent issues concerning contemporary public space in the Middle East. With the city of Amman serving as an active testing ground, students and faculty from universities throughout the region collaborate to expand their understanding of design issues through research, experimentation, discussion and feedback.

The 2010 session of the workshop focused on Comfort. As a precondition of public space, Comfort is necessary to provide an environment in which assembly and exchange may occur. With physical, virtual, sensorial and emotional attributes, Comfort can be expressed through different mediums and at varying scales. It is delicate, elusive, and necessary.
From July 21 to August 5, 2010, twenty-one students and six professors from Columbia University, American University of Sharjah, Birzeit University, and Jordan University of Science and Technology participated in the annual Amman Lab design workshop at the Columbia University Middle East Research Center in Amman, Jordan. Final projects were exhibited to the public at the Nabad Art Gallery.

For photos of the workshop and exhibition opening click here. The work produced during the workshop can be seen here.