Hundreds of Jordanian traditional villages are facing the serious risk of being demolished due to the shortage of
basic public services and their resulting abandoned state. Important occurrences of vernacular architecture in
these villages necessitate a national strategy to conserve the tangible and intangible heritage they offer, despite
the economic difficulties that impede the local community in their efforts to protect or rehabilitate their long-established
habitat and traditions. The case of Dana is a relevant example of these villages that are abandoned in
spite of their considerable human and material potentialities. Therefore, analyses of place-oriented conceptual
meaning, which affect manís belonging to the place, and building typologies are developed in order to comprehend
the traditional spatial composition and the interrogatives of conserving the original habitat for tourism purposes.
Appropriate scenarios of administrative and technical approaches could better offer the local communities
the conservation of memories, place identity and sustainable economic development, hopefully extendible to
other situations in traditional villages.
Keywords: Social Spaces, Culture, Place Character , Dana Village, Traditional Shelters .
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