Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-2-2021

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Croft Institute for International Studies

First Advisor

Vivian Ibrahim

Second Advisor

Emily Fransee

Third Advisor

Louis Zachos

Relational Format



Amman, the capital of Jordan, faces an impending infrastructure crisis. The city is plagued by water shortages, a lack of affordable housing, extreme traffic congestion, and dwindling open space. Over the past seventy-five years, several urban planning commissions have attempted to address these issues through policy change and other municipal directives. These plans help illustrate the different forces at play in constructing the city—whether they be the residents themselves, city officials, or international consultants. All the plans use neighborhoods as a primary metric for measuring need and organizing development. Likewise, all the plans focus on the importance of green and open space within those neighborhoods. Despite the work and resources devoted to urban plans, a gap remains between the vision expressed in these documents and the physical reality of the city. This research explores the relationship between top-down and bottom-up forces on the city’s urban identity through a GIS-led analysis.

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