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Old culture, architecture of Karak’s Bathan village to be restored in renovation project

27 May 2019

AMMAN — In a recent conference held at Brooklyn University, New York, Jordanian architect Salam Adayleh discussed her project of “bringing old cities back to life”.

Adayleh, who graduated from the Jordan University of Science and Technology, chose Bathan, a small village in Karak, as the focus of her graduation project.

According to Adayleh, the project is concerned with maintaining the old architecture of the southern village. “The project in brief seeks to preserve the culture of old towns by preserving their old buildings.”

Adayleh explained that the project rebuilds the dilapidated parts of houses while trying to conserve the “overall harmony” of the structure.

Bathan, according to a survey by the Department of Statistics in 2015, has around 215 residents. However, Adayleh said that the village “used to be of grave importance” in the past.

Built by the Romans, Bathan is a city that has been “neglected” since people started migrating to bigger cities, as explained by Adayleh.

“I hope this project directs our attention to the architecture of the old cities of Jordan and the many traditions they hold inside their old houses,” concluded Adayleh.

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