Re-thinking The Refugee Camp



War, conflict, revolution, and migration are quickly reshaping the Middle East. Situated in a region currently undergoing drastic political and economic changes, a responsive Jordan faces the challenges of fast and unplanned growth in order to be able to accommodate rapid transformations.


Following the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in March 2011, at least 9 million Syrians, more than 40% of the Syrian population, have been left uprooted and have taken refuge in neighboring countries such as Jordan. The Zaatari camp, which started in 2012, is now the largest refugee camp in the world and the fourth largest city in Jordan with an approximate population of 80,000 Syrian refugees. With no signs of a near end to the war,the question of the transition from temporary to permanent begins to arise.

Re-designing the Zaatari Camp is an opportunity of rethinking what is permanent and what is temporary and how the camp can be designed and built in a way that allows it to be changed and absorbed into the Jordanian landscape while taking into consideration the culture and customs of the refugees.

In my proposal, changes that are made to the ground are considered to be permanent; as long as they are maintained they will continuously remain there and become part of the Jordanian landscape. These changes involve reshaping and redesigning the landscape in order to support the activities above it. 

The thesis book can be found online at the following link:

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