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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.

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The CSBE | Zaha Foundation Cycling Project: Results of the Survey on Cycling in Jordan

CSBE, in coordination with Zaha Foundation / Zaha Center for Children, launched a survey on cycling in Jordan on June 13, 2014 that aims at identifying opinions, comments, and experiences regarding cycling from a wide segment of the Jordanian society. The survey remained available to the public through August 4, 2014 and was filled by 824 participants.

We are happy to announce today a report that presents the survey results, the participants' opinions and suggestions regarding cycling in Jordan, as well as a selection of cycling routes that were suggested by the survey participants. The report is available in both Arabic and English.

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The First Modern Residential Apartment Building in Amman: al-Kabariti Building

The recently-renovated al-Kabariti Building is located in Jabal Amman’s First Circle area, adjacent to the Books@Cafe establishment along Omar Bin al-Khattab Street, which leads to Rainbow Street. It was built by 'Allawi al-Kabariti during the late 1940s, and was Amman's first modern residential apartment building. The elegant building is unique in that its front (eastern) façade perfectly follows the curve of the adjacent street and extends along a length of about 50 meters. It also contains three main entrances with three staircases, each providing access to apartments on one side only. The ground floor of this three-storey building consists of stores that currently accommodate small shops and galleries.

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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 tenth list, which is by Rami Farouk Daher, CEO: TURATH: Architecture & Urban Design Consultants, 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 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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