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Favorite Book Lists on Architecture and the Built Environment

CSBE has asked a number of colleagues to provide us with lists of their favorite books on architecture and the built environment, and to explain why they selected those books. Today, we are happy to announce our ninth list, which is by Han Tumertekin, the principal and founder of Mimarlar Tasarim Danismanlik Ltd in Istanbul, Turkey. He also was a jury member of the 2008 first cycle of the Omrania | CSBE Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Design.

Han’s list is different from previous lists we have published so far in that he chose to present his books through a narrative that is defined by the challenges he faced as a student joining Istanbul Technical University in 1976, when Turkey was undergoing intense political turbulences.

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Announcing the “Contemporary Arab City” open online Arabic language course

A team at CSBE will be teaching the “Contemporary Arab City” online course under the Edraak platform. The course is given by architect and architecture historian as well as CSBE’s Founding Director Mohammad al-Asad, who will be assisted by CSBE Research and Coordination Officers Farah Tell and Tooma Zaghloul.

The Contemporary Arab City course, which extends over a period of five weeks, is the first open online Arabic-language course on architecture and urban planning to ever be offered. The course presents the evolution of cities in the Arab world over the past three decades, and identifies factors that have formed them today. It also discusses urban management systems and decision-making mechanisms, and addresses and assesses the public services and facilities that cities offer to their residents. Moreover, the course presents the challenges that cities in the Arab world are facing and suggests solutions that may be adopted to address these challenges.

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Arabic version of the 10th article of the Moustadam series: "An Illusive Spark of Energy: Natural Gas Fracking" 

We would like to announce that Nourhan Al Kurdi’s tenth Moustadam article, “an Illusive Spark of Energy: Natural Gas Fracking,” is now also available in Arabic. The Moustasdam series deals with issues of sustainability in Jordan and beyond, and so far includes ten published articles, all of which are available in both Arabic and English.

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Favorite Book Lists on Architecture and the Built Environment

CSBE has asked a number of distinguished colleagues to provide us with lists of their favorite books on architecture and the built environment, and to explain why they selected those books. Today, we are happy to announce the list by Emre Arolat, Founding Partner of Emre Arolat Architects (EAA) in Istanbul, Turkey. Emre is also a jury member of the 2014 seventh cycle of the Omrania | CSBE Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Design.

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Interviews with Bernard Khoury

We interviewed Lebanese architect Bernard Khoury during the making of the film “Arab Women in Architecture,” which was produced as an activity of the 2013 sixth cycle of the Omrania | CSBE Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Design. During the interviews, Bernard talked about women in architecture, and also about much more.

We accordingly produced two short videos from Bernard’s interviews in which he talks about his family, shares memories of his journey as a young architect, and contemplates about the practice of architecture in Lebanon.

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Favorite Book Lists on Architecture and the Built Environment

CSBE has asked a number of distinguished colleagues to provide us with lists of their favorite books on architecture and the built environment, and to explain why they selected those books. Today, we are happy to announce the seventh list, which is by Nora Akawi, Curator of Studio-X, Amman Lab at the Columbia University Middle East Research Center in Amman, Jordan. 

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Favorite Book Lists on Architecture and the Built Environment

CSBE has asked a number of colleagues to provide us with lists of their favorite books on architecture and the built environment, and to explain why they selected those books. Today, we are happy to announce the list by D. Fairchild Ruggles, Professor of Art, Architecture, and Landscape History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her list is different from the previous lists we have published in that it provides a selection of publications on architecture and the built environment by her favorite women authors.

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Favorite Book Lists on Architecture and the Built Environment

CSBE has asked a number of colleagues to provide us with a list of their favorite books on architecture and the built environment, and to explain why they selected those books. Today, we are happy to announce the list by Mohammad al-Asad, CSBE’s founding director. Mohammad selected nine books that have been published over the past forty years. 

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Survey on Cycling in Jordan

CSBE and Zaha Foundation / Zaha Center for Children are working together on establishing a project that aims at spreading the culture of cycling in Jordan for the purposes of both physical exercise and transportation. Cycling offers numerous advantages to its users and to society in general. These include affordability in terms of ownership and maintenance; health benefits; the need for very little space for movement and parking in comparison to motor vehicles; and minimal impact on the environment. We also aim through this project to establish a network of cycling paths in Jordan, both inside or outside cities.

This survey aims at identifying opinions, comments, and experiences regarding cycling from as wide a segment of Jordanian society as possible. This will be of great value in terms of establishing and developing this project, which aims to serve society at large. We therefore would greatly appreciate it if you would fill out this survey and also distribute it among your friends and colleagues. The survey is also available in Arabic.

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Favorite Book Lists on Architecture and the Built Environment

CSBE has asked a number of distinguished colleagues to provide us with a list of their favorite books on architecture and the built environment, and to explain why they selected those books. We are happy to announce our fourth list, which is by George Katodrytis, Associate Professor of Architecture at the American University of Sharjah. George selected six books. He recommends that one of them is read before visiting Venice; another before visiting New York; a third before driving through the city; and a fourth before going to a film. 

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