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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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The Omrania | CSBE Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Design 2014 Seventh Cycle Announcement

We are happy to announce the 2014 seventh cycle of The Omrania l CSBE Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Design. The full announcement is available on the Award's dedicated website. (www.omraniacsbeaward.org)

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Community Development through Interactive Design

We are happy to announce a new addition to the CSBE website: “Community Development through Interactive Design”. This website section includes documentation and descriptions of community-based projects that CSBE had carried out over the past decade in coordination with a number of non-profit organizations and with the Greater Amman Municipality.

These projects aimed at upgrading urban public spaces and developing design solutions for low-income areas through engaging the local communities in the planning and implementation processes, and by enabling them to reach their visions and express their needs.

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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. Our first list was by Nasser Rabbat, the Aga Khan Professor and Director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the second list was by Nadim Karam, the Founder of Nadim karam & Atelier Hapsitus in Beirut.

Today, we are happy to announce our third list, which is by Rahul Mehrotra, Professor and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. 

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Nourhan Al Kurdi's May Moustadam article: "An Illusive Spark of Energy: Natural Gas Fracking"

Read Nourhan Al Kurdi's May 2014 Moustadam article, "An Illusive Spark of Energy: Natural Gas Fracking,” which looks into the sustainability and environmental consequences of the process of natural gas fracking. The article is the tenth of Nourhan's Moustasdam series, which deals with issues of sustainability in Jordan and beyond.

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Urban Crossroads #133: How is Amman’s New Mayor Doing?

Read Mohammad al-Asad's April Urban Crossroads article “How is Amman’s New Mayor Doing?” to know more about the progress of the urban management of Amman since Akel Biltaji was appointed Mayor of the Greater Amman Municipality in September 2013. The article originally appeared in Arabic on 7iber.org on April 27, and is now available in both Arabic and English on the CSBE website. 

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