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nine designers selected to receive takween's small grants

Written by takween on 24/09/2019

Nine designers selected to receive takween's small grants

This July takween launched its small grants program, for early-to mid-career designers based in Jordan working in fashion, product, interior, furniture, graphic or urban design.

Out of 67 applications, a jury of experts from the creative sector selected 9 grantees. The small grants ranged between 500 JOD and 3000 JOD. The grants were offered to support new and innovative ideas and to help the designers accelerate their practice into a creative enterprise. 

The selection committee comprised of five jury members including Laura Hartz, director of the Goethe Institut, and Rana Beiruti, director of platform and Amman Design Week, who are collaborating partners in the launch of takween and its programs.

Other members of the selection committee included Nisreen Abu Dail, founder and designer at naqsh collective, as well as Hashem Joucka, a mixed-media artist, digital fabrication expert and construction technologist based in Amman, and Jumana Jacir, a designer and entrepreneur who founded Kama Local Gourmet.

The selection committee evaluated the ideas for innovativeness, the strength of concept, the societal and/or environmental impact of the project idea, and the clarity of budgeting.

The nine grantees are:


TAYYŪN Research Studio

TAYYŪN Research Studio’s project, Urban Pigeon Tower, is an urban acupuncture intervention that touches on issues of urban biodiversity and sustainable food production within cities. A modern structure that can be installed anywhere in the city, the pigeon tower is a small-scale food production system, a valuable resource for soil building and crop production, and a gateway to nature that aims to expand our urban compassion footprint and re-wild the city as a rich multi-species ecosystem. 

Atlal Collective

Atlal Collective's project, Soils of Jordan, consists of nine columns, each composed of soils found in different parts of Jordan, which are placed on a platform. Each column is constructed using a rammed earth building technique and is set in stratified layers, reflecting a distinct color and texture. The installation is designed to last throughout Amman Design Week.

Ishraq Zraikat

Ishraq Zraikat’s installation is a celebration of the making of the Bedouin home with all of its soft components – floor, walls, and ceiling – being woven simultaneously as one continuous textile, dressed over a wooden frame. 

MEEZAN sustainable development - Bashar Humeid, Khader Humeid

MEEZAN's Freedom Machine is a self-sustaining renewable energy and urban food production unit, installed in the urban landscape around the region. It combines water harvesting and saving systems, local organic food production, renewable energy production, and eco-building technologies. 

Greening the Camps

Greening the Camps will create a modular greenhouse typology that will function temporarily as a shelter for a food stand during Amman Design Week. The food stand also includes a compost system and a greywater filter. It will be relocated to build rooftop gardens in Gaza Camp in November.

Collective Studio and Farah Abed Al Jawad 

Seed to Eat project is a sculptural eco-friendly installation made of housing pods of herbs and vegetable plants that sit on a vertical parametric structural system. Cultivation is based on the principles of aeroponics, leaving the roots exposed to the air, and periodically irrigated by custom-designed misting devices. The structure uses 75% less water than traditional planting techniques. The installation will be exhibited in Future Food/ Future City during Amman Design Week. 

Ban and Zeid Edilbi

Ban and Zeid's project 'Design your own Public Space’, is a modular system designed to empower users to take an active role in composing their own public space. The design will provide a playful setting during Amman Design Week, that will encourage people to participate in the debate on public space in Amman and what it has to offer. The design is based on a hexagonal unit that is aggregated on-site in multiple forms, providing endless possibilities for its arrangement.

Sharek Bitbarek; Sandra Sarkissian, Goretti Arnaste, Adri Arnaste, Narcis Codina

Sharek Bitbarek is an initiative dedicated to fighting food waste through design, social impact & inclusion. It aspires to bring communities together and turn generations of ‘food wasters’ into better recyclers. Sharek Bitbarek proposes a food recovery solution; a refrigerating device designed to preserve and elongate the lifespan of excess food waste, connecting donors and credible food sources like hotels, restaurants, and farms to potential beneficiaries. The prototype will be exhibited during Amman Design Week.

Hadeel Ayed Mohammad

Hadeel's  'Woven Mashrabiya' is a reinterpretation of the traditional Mashrabiya facade elements. It explores the possibilities of translating this historical craft into a contemporary modular system. The modular system allows endless possibilities for assembly at different scales and configurations. By using light-weight materials, the modules can be arranged to create various forms of enclosures, planar facades, partitions, and shading canopies. This\allows the system to re-adapt to different locations. 

You can see these projects and installation in the Craft District in Kabariti village, Future Food/Future city showcase and the hanger exhibition during Amman Design Week

from 4 -12 October 2019.