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Forgotten and Unofficial Narratives from Jordan

This lecture is about understanding heritage as a construct, and even as process (hence the term patrimonialization). The lecture is about a passion for narrating places through contemporary interventions taking the form of rehabilitation or adaptive reuse, interpretation and presentation, and other practices within various sites in Jordan including Amman, Ajlun, Salt, Madaba. This lecture is about the present, as much as it is about the past. It is about the intangible, as much as it is about architecture and the physical heritage. It is about the narrator, as much as it is about the narrative. And finally, this lecture is about subjugated realities and granting voice to the marginalized, as much as it is about the "official" past.

Rami Daher is a practicing architect and academic. Daher has taught at the German Jordanian University, the American U of Beirut, Jordan U of Science & Tech., and at Texas A&M University. Daher has earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the U of Jordan (1988), a Master of Architecture from the U of Minnesota (1991), Ph. D. in Architecture from Texas A&M U (1995), and did his post-doctoral studies at the U of California, Berkeley (2001). Daher is a heritage and urban regeneration specialist interested in research related to politics and dynamics of public space making and new interventions in existing historic settings. Daher is a co-founder and a principal of TURATH: Architecture & Urban Design Consultants (1999-present), and Metropolis: Cities Research Council (2008- Present), the research arm of TURATH. Daher has worked on and published extensively on issues related to architectural heritage conservation and adaptive reuse, urban practices, neoliberal urban transformations, and the politics of heritage and place making in the Arab City, cultural and heritage tourism, urban activism and critical theories & epistemologies. Rami Daher is from Amman, a product of Amman, and with a very strong sense of belonging to Bilad al Sham.