The University of Jordan (UJ) Architecture student Rajab Elshahubi, supervised by Prof. Saleem Mokbel Dahabreh, was recently announced the second place winner of the "Tamayouz" International Graduation Projects Award for Architecture 2020, a leading international award for architecture graduation projects.
According to the Award's webpage, the award aims to recognize excellence in architectural design and education worldwide, and showcases excellent architectural examples to promote and provoke architectural debate.
Moreover, the winners were selected out of 1,089 submissions from 141 universities and 64 countries. The top 10 were selected based on the award’s assessment criteria; aspirational and transformative and tackling local and global challenges through holistic understandings of context.
Elshahubi's project, ‘Tailors Market’, proposes a market place in Amman that solves the needs of Ras Al Ain area and empowers the people with a strong sense of ownership and participation in society.
The project contains a fountain plaza that brings together two different domains: Talal Street and Ali bin Abetaleb Street, thus providing potential for economic means and a space for socio-cultural interactions. The project also features a vertical market, which acts as an activity generator and is characterized by its duality of permanence and ephemerality, and a training center situated on vacant land attached to the community.
The jury stated that they found this project "to contain a high level of resolution," and that "They found the explanations to be credible and well-studied, and the plans, drawings, renders and panels to show the strong talent of the architect behind the project."