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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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Announcing the “Contemporary Arab City” open online Arabic language course

A team at CSBE will be teaching the “Contemporary Arab City” online course under the Edraak platform. The course is given by architect and architecture historian as well as CSBE’s Founding Director Mohammad al-Asad, who will be assisted by CSBE Research and Coordination Officers Farah Tell and Tooma Zaghloul.

The Contemporary Arab City course, which extends over a period of five weeks, is the first open online Arabic-language course on architecture and urban planning to ever be offered. The course presents the evolution of cities in the Arab world over the past three decades, and identifies factors that have formed them today. It also discusses urban management systems and decision-making mechanisms, and addresses and assesses the public services and facilities that cities offer to their residents. Moreover, the course presents the challenges that cities in the Arab world are facing and suggests solutions that may be adopted to address these challenges.

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Arabic version of the 10th article of the Moustadam series: "An Illusive Spark of Energy: Natural Gas Fracking" 

We would like to announce that Nourhan Al Kurdi’s tenth Moustadam article, “an Illusive Spark of Energy: Natural Gas Fracking,” is now also available in Arabic. The Moustasdam series deals with issues of sustainability in Jordan and beyond, and so far includes ten published articles, all of which are 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 Emre Arolat, Founding Partner of Emre Arolat Architects (EAA) in Istanbul, Turkey. Emre is also a jury member of the 2014 seventh cycle of the Omrania | CSBE Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Design.

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