Amman- 1 December 2019
Jude Abu El Ghanam, a graduates student from the School of Architecture and Built Environment (SABE) at the German Jordanian University (GJU), presented her graduation project, The Untrodden Trail -Al Baqourah, where she responds to the issue of the area’s inaccessibility and abandonment by narrating the site’s story and shedding light on the area, investigates the architectural, historical, and natural importance of Al-Baqourah area.
About her project, Jude said, "Capturing the exquisite abandoned & unreclaimed controversial land of Al-Baqourah, located on the Northern borderline between Jordan & Occupied Palestine by a journey that narrates the site's story and uncovers the inaccessible fragments of the site which holds historical, natural & architectural significance.
Also, "The project is transforming the experience of Al Baqourah area through a journey that sheds the light on this forgotten site. A walking trail, which follows the trace of the pre-existing railway, stitches existing fragments as well as new minimal interventions, reducing materials to those on-site plus cor-ten steel, inspired by the industrial ruins on site."
Jude participated in several awards through her project, and it received recognition as the following:
1. MMS Prize (Mediterranean Mimar Sinan) – Honorable Mention
2. Tamayouz International Award – Longlist (Top 50)
3. I-Sustain Awards – Shortlist
4. World Architecture Awards – Winner (Top 10)
5. APR – UDAD (Urban Design & Architecture Design Award) – 3rd Place Award
6. APR – WADA 2019 (World Architecture & Design Award) – Winner-1st Place Award
7. ARCHIPRIX Chile International – Nominated by the German Jordanian University and took part in a workshop in Santiago, Chile in April 2018.