The Center for the Study of the Built Environment (CSBE) is a non-profit, private study and research institution that aims at addressing the challenges that affect the built environment in Jordan and beyond. The built environment is defined in a comprehensive manner to include ..... more 

 

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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. A new list will be added to the CSBE website every two weeks.

The Favorite Book Lists are being launched with the selection made by Nasser Rabbat, the Aga Khan Professor and Director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 

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Arabic version of Nourhan Al Kurdi's Moustadam article: "Political Planning for Change"

We would like to announce that Nourhan Al Kurdi’s ninth Moustadam article, “Political Planning for Change,” is now also available in Arabic. The Moustasdam series deals with issues of sustainability in Jordan and beyond, and so far includes nine published articles, all of which are available in both Arabic and English.

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Intuitive Visualization in Architecture

The Center for the Study of the Built Environment (CSBE) is organizing an interactive two-day workshop entitled: Intuitive Visualization in Architecture.

The workshop will be led by Sahel al-Hiyari, a Jordanian architect and painter and the principal architect at Sahel Al Hiyari Architects, and assisted by Hiba Shahzada.

The Workshop will consist of two 8-hour sessions taking place on March 14 and 15, 2014 at the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts. Each session will take place from 10 am to 5 pm.

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The CSBE report “City Management in Jordan: Challenges Awaiting Solutions”

We are happy to announce that the CSBE report “City Management in Jordan: Challenges Awaiting Solutions” is now available in both Arabic and English. 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.

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Nourhan Al Kurdi's January Moustadam article: "Political Planning for Change"

Read Nourhan Al Kurdi's January 2014 Moustadam article "Political Planning for Change,” which looks into how governments may develop policies and action plans for achieving higher levels of sustainability. The article uses the President’s Climate Action Plan from the United States as a case study. “Political Planning for Change” is the ninth of Nourhan's Moustasdam series, which deals with issues of sustainability in Jordan and beyond.

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Arab Women in Architecture Film

We are happy to announce that the complete “Arab Women in Architecture” film is now available online. This documentary film, which has been produced as part of the activities of the 2013 sixth cycle of the Omrania | CSBE Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Design, features stories on the experiences, challenges, and achievements of Arab women architects from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Saudi Arabia.

Additional information regarding the Award is available on the Award website, www.omraniacsbeaward.org. This includes the submitted and winning projects as well as the jury reports for the past six cycles, and also the films produced through the Award.

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Omrania | CSBE Student Award 2013 sixth cycle Ceremony and Exhibition

Omrania and Associates and CSBE, in collaboration with the German Jordanian University, invite you to attend the Omrania | CSBE Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Design ceremony and exhibition during which the Award's sixth cycle winners will be honored. The ceremony will include presentations by the winners and a screening of the Award film “Arab Women in Architecture.” It will be followed by a reception and an exhibition featuring the winning projects of the Award's six cycles and a selection of submitted projects for the 2013 sixth Award cycle.

The ceremony, reception, and exhibition will take place at the German Jordanian University’s Othman Bdeir House for Architecture and Design in Jabal Amman, Amman, on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 6:30 pm. For details, please see the ceremony and exhibition invitation poster.

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Urban Crossroads #132: Amman Has a New Mayor

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.

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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.

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Nourhan Al Kurdi's September Moustadam article: "Planning for Change"

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 is the eighth of Nourhan's monthly series that deals with issues of sustainability in Jordan and beyond.

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