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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Amman's Urban and Green Lungs

Urban and green lungs are defined as large open spaces, often un-built and containing significant naturally-occurring or introduced vegetation, located within densely built urban areas. These spaces take on important roles in cities. They are considered "lungs" since they act as sinks for the harmful gases resulting from vehicle emissions, industrial activities, and other polluting urban establishments. They also increase the amount of oxygen in the air, attract wildlife, bring nature into the city, and provide spaces that city residents may use for leisure, recreation, exercise, and social interaction.

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Digital version of CSBE's "Water Conserving Gardens: A User's Manual" is now available online

This extensive manual introduces various possibilities for water-conserving gardening and provides ideas and guidelines that help create beautiful, colourful, water-conserving gardens. It also includes references to both printed and web-based resources for those who would like to get more in-depth knowledge about the subjects covered in the manual’s various chapters. The print version of the manual was published in 2004. 

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Using Public Transportation in Amman

The Center for the Study of the Built Environment (CSBE), in coordination with the Taqaddam Platform, has carried out an extensive study that focuses on the user’s experience in using public transportation in Amman, Jordan. This study, which is part of Taqaddam’s Ma’an  Nasel public transportation campaign, aims at collecting reliable information to help forge an informed understanding of the state of public transportation in Amman and Jordan for use in lobbying activities and public awareness campaigns. It also serves as a baseline for any discussions or initiatives relating to public transportation in Amman.

This Arabic language report presents an overview and information on studies and publications on public transportation in Jordan. It also presents an analysis of interviews with regular public transportation users and outcomes of a field study that documents and evaluates public transportation trips. 

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The Omrania | CSBE Student Award for Architectural Design 2015 Eighth Cycle Announcement 

We are happy to announce the 2015 eighth cycle of The Omrania l CSBE Student Award for Architectural Design. The full announcement is available on the Award's dedicated website.

The Submission Form will be made available online for participants on June 25, 2015. All submissions must be uploaded to the Award website between June 25, 2015 and August 25, 2015.

For additional inquiries, please call CSBE at (962) (6) 461-5297 or send an email to All developments regarding the Award will be posted on the Award website and on the Award’s dedicated social media channels.


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Online section on Archnet to commemorate the late Jordanian architect Jafar Tukan (1938 - 2014)

The Center for the Study of the Built Environment (CSBE) has collaborated with Archnet to create an online section on the Archnet site to commemorate the late Jordanian architect Jafar Tukan (1938 – 2014). Jafar Tukan was one of the most important architects of his generation in the Arab world. He was heavily influenced by his connection to three Levantine cities: Nablus, Beirut, and Amman, and his work extended to include nearly all aspects of architecture and planning. Tukan's commemoration on Archnet showcases a selection of his work, and includes images of his projects, videos, and publications.

This project was completed with the support of Shadi Abdulsalam, Partner Architect, Consolidated Consultants Group in Amman.

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CSBE Print Publications

Check our new CSBE website section that includes a list of CSBE's English and Arabic books and manuals that have been published as part of CSBE's various activities between 2004 and 2011.

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Amman's Worth-noticing Urban Elements and Early Modern Buildings

This section features photos and information on both early modern buildings in Amman as well as worthy but sometimes forgotten or ignored urban elements in the city such as open spaces, urban stairs, public parks, and markets.

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The CSBE | Zaha Foundation Cycling Project: Cycling Projects around the World

CSBE, in coordination with Zaha Foundation / Zaha Center for Children, has initiated a project that aims at spreading the culture of cycling in Jordan for the purposes of both physical exercise and transportation. The first part of the initial phase of the project consisted of a survey that was launched in June 2014 and that aimed at identifying opinions, comments, and experiences regarding cycling from a wide segment of Jordanian society. Today, we are pleased to announce the “Cycling Projects around the World” report, which is the second part of the initial phase of the project, and which looks into the benefits of cycling, provides information on cycling-related signage and road markings, and presents information on cycling projects in several countries around the world and how these projects have impacted their users. The report is 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 Hanif Kara, Design Director and Co-Founder of AKTII (Previously Adams Kara Taylor) in London. AKTII is known for combining engineering and design processes. Hanif is also a Professor in Practice of Architectural Technology at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

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Urban Crossroads: Unnecessary Trips

Mohammad al-Asad's latest Urban Crossroads article, "Unnecessary Trips," discusses the relation between the governmental procedures that the residents of Amman have to carry out and traffic congestion. He argues that simplifying such procedures and ensuring that more of them are completed online can remove thousands of cars that roam Amman's streets every day. The article is available in both Arabic and English.