We are pleased to announce the launch of a new version of the website for the Center for the Study of the Built Environment (CSBE). The new website will provide for improved and easier navigation.
As we have not completely finalized the transition to the website, we ask for your understanding and patience. If you have any questions or suggestions, or if you come across any missing content or broken links, please let us know.
Amman has a new mayor, and he faces accumulated challenges regarding the quality of urban life in the city. Mohammad al-Asad lists and discusses these challenges in his September Urban Crossroads article, "Amman has a new mayor." The article is available in both Arabic and English.
Exploring Public Space through Users' Behavior
We are happy to announce that the CSBE 2011 study “Exploring Public Space through Users' Behavior” is now available on the CSBE website. This study on public spaces in Amman concentrated on three streets that the Greater Amman Municipality rehabilitated to facilitate pedestrian activity: Rainbow Street in Jabal Amman; Wakalat Street in Sweifieh; and Culture Avenue in Shmeisani. The study, which is also available in Arabic, aimed at observing the behavioral patterns of users of public spaces to find out if these spaces are functioning successfully and to explore how well they are maintained.
Read Nourhan Al Kurdi's September Moustadam article, "Planning for change” to know more about different approaches for integrating sustainability practices into communities around the world. The article, which is now available on the CSBE website, is the eighth of Nourhan's monthly series that deals with issues of sustainability in Jordan and beyond.
To commemorate and honor the late Jordanian architect and artist Ali Maher (1956 - 2013), The Center for the Study of the Built Environment (CSBE) has started a Tumblr and a Facebook page to share experiences and memories about Ali. You can now start sharing your memories by submitting them on the following blog http://rememberingalimaher.tumblr.com/ or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/ذكريات-مع-علي-ماهر-Remembering-Ali-Maher/157025157824073?ref=stream.
We are happy to announce that the CSBE report “City Management in Jordan: Challenges Awaiting Solutions” is now available in Arabic on the CSBE website. This report is an outcome of four sessions with former government officials carried out through CSBE's architectural forum Diwan al-Mimar, and a survey on city management in Jordan that was filled by 300 people.
عقدنا لقائات مع أربعة مسؤولين حكوميين سابقين ووزعنا إستبياناً على 300 مواطن ليشاركونا جميعهم بخبراتهم وآرائهم وإنطباعاتهم عن إدارة المدينة في الأردن. وكانت النتيجة تقرير "إدارة المدينة في الأردن: تحديات بإنتظار حلول".
We are happy to announce the second CSBE photography competition. The aim of the competition is to capture the daily experience of transportation in Jordan. Participants are welcome to post their photos that capture the experience of daily transportation in Jordan on the CSBE Facebook page wall. The three photographers whose photos get the most “Likes” by September 1, 2013 will win exciting prizes.
If you would like to get a good idea about activities relating to architecture and urbanism that took place in Jordan between 2000 and 2005, check out the CSBE News section, which is now available on the new CSBE website. The news section covers completed and initiated project, new commissions, news from academia, lectures and seminars, as well as other news.
Mohammad al-Asad's latest Urban Crossroads article, "The Oxford Handbook of Cities in World History” is now available in both English and Arabic on the CSBE website. Over 130 Urban Crossroads articles have been published and are all available on the CSBE website. The Urban Crossroads series, which first came out in 2004, addresses issues affecting urban development both in Jordan and internationally. They have appeared in a number of print and online publications including The Jordan Times, Jordan Property Magazine, www.7iber.org, and www.tareeq.me.
Have you ever wondered exactly what CSBE does? View this Prezi presentation about CSBE on our website.
The presentation includes an overview of CSBE's mission, vision, and areas of focus. It also features information on CSBE’S projects, activities, as well as publications and recourses.
Omrania and Associates and the Center for the Study of the Built Environment (CSBE) are happy to announce the 2013 sixth cycle of The Omrania l CSBE Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Design. The full announcement is available on the Award's newly-revamped dedicated website. (www.omraniacsbeaward.org).