Visions of a greener future for the Seil of Amman. Augmented Reality as an urban design tool

  • Janset Shawash German Jordanian University
  • Narmeen Marji German Jordanian University
Keywords: flood mitigation, green infrastructure, augmented reality, Seil of Amman, participatory planning


In a context characterized by flooding and environmental degradation of the Seil of Amman (natural heritage of the capital of Jordan), caused by climate change, rapid urbanization and unsustainable stormwater management, the paper explores the potential of new Mobile Augmented Reality (MAR) technologies as a tool of public engagement with new ecologically sustainable urban regeneration projects. Therefore, two possible scenarios for a green/blue intervention in the Ras al-Ein area on the path of the Seil are presented, elaborated through a specially developed immersive mobile augmented reality software, describing both the application development process and the users’ response.

Author Biographies

Janset Shawash, German Jordanian University

Architect and PhD, she is an Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture and Built Environment. Her research interests focus on history and theory of architecture, urban planning and design, especially issues relevant to localizing urbanism and promoting community involvement in shaping their urban environment. Her professional expertise includes the planning of major urban development projects in Jordan and the MENA region.

Narmeen Marji, German Jordanian University

Architect, specializing in Augmented Reality Development and cross-platform application building for Architecture, Urban Planning and Design. She has participated in projects of architectural design, city planning and heritage conservation and is currently completing her Spatial Planning Master’s program focusing on applications of AR in architectural education at the School of Architecture and Built Environment.


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How to Cite
Shawash, J. and Marji, N. (2020) “Visions of a greener future for the Seil of Amman. Augmented Reality as an urban design tool”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 8(online), pp. 220-229. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/8212020.
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