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Illinois Institute of Technology (2019)

Regenerating the Jordan River : Through Ecological and Sociocultural Interventions

Shadid, Rula

Titre : Regenerating the Jordan River : Through Ecological and Sociocultural Interventions

Auteur : Shadid, Rula

Université de soutenance : Illinois Institute of Technology

Grade : Master of Science (MS) in Architecture 2019

The Jordan River is often described as one of the world’s most unique eco-systems and is attributed to serving as a cradle of history, culture, and spirituality in the ancient and modern times. Archaeological evidence on its banks reveal signs of some of the world’s earliest existences of civilization. Its history as a meeting place for the crossing and exchange between plants, animals, and human societies, along with its strong association to three of the world’s great religions – Christianity, Islam, and Judaism – has made it a world known and important site. Being located in the Middle East, in the heart of a complex political conflict that has been ongoing since the middle of the last century, years of war, political clashes, and water and resource exploitation has reduced the river from a once lush and bio-diverse ecosystem to nothing but a polluted stream. Today the river is a “hydro-border” that divides the competing nations around it and segregates the people of the Jordan Valley in which the river runs via militarized security efforts. The conflict has left the region politically and socially segregated and has eliminated the productive exchange which once allowed the valley to thrive while efforts to protect, preserve, or rehabilitate the river are given little chance to succeed. The thesis addresses river degradation and social segregation as two interdependent issues in the Jordan Valley. It highlights saving the Jordan River as a driver for integration between the conflicting society and points to the Jordan Valley river border as a site for regenerative interventions that suggest an alternative and productive way of life in an area filled with conflict, economic distress, and spatial divide through the collaboration and exchange of efforts, ideas, and resources.


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