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RCTH: Community Enrichment by Reviving the Crafts and Tangible Heritage of Jordanian Cities
Implemented by: Mazen Alali
City: Amman, Jordan
Mazen Alali is an architect, writer and designer who leads a design studio “RUM atelier” alongside working with several NGOs and international organizations. He is also a consultant and researcher and has worked on projects in 7 Jordanian cities, trained more than 150 artisans, and mentored and taught community entrepreneurs, startups, and artists.
The RCTH (Reviving the Crafts and Tangible Heritage of Jordanian Cities) research project is an investigation of the history and heritage of traditional crafts in two Jordanian cities. It aims to enhance the practices and creations of craftspeople and to introduce and strengthen the skills of youth and women, giving them the means to develop their practice and generate a source of income. To do so, he will study two selected regions and their needs, dialogue with their inhabitants to fully involve them in the project. The final goal is to create a meeting place like a collaborative hub, where handicrafts would be sold. A part of the profits would go to the craftspeople and the other part will be used to develop projects within the community and create a sustainable and viable system.