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  • WCL 2 - USAID / IDARA Project » CSBE
    Jordan Project IDARA Project on Water Conserving Landscapes Water Conserving Landscapes II The Instituting Water Demand Management in Jordan Project IDARA 2007 2012 The project was initiated in April 2007 and continued until March 2012 CSBE engaged in a number of activities that included the development of training courses on water wise landscaping for the municipal sector the provision of technical assistance to municipalities in the design of water wise parks and the production of a Water Use Efficiency Guide In addition CSBE provided technical assistance to both public and private nurseries In collaboration with Professor Margaret Livingston CSBE conducted several workshops with Jordanian universities to integrate a water wise landscaping module in architectural coursework Click here for a list of publications produced under the IDARA Project Project teams Prime contractor Development Alternatives Incorporated DAI Bethesda MD CSBE Ahmad Abu Khalaf Research and Coordination Officer December 2011 March 2012 Nur Alfayez Research and Coordination Officer September 2008 December 2011 Mohammad al Asad Founding Director Dalia al Husseini Technical Manager March 2008 October 2009 Joud Khasawneh Planning Officer September 2007 February 2012 Stephan McIlwaine Director up to June 2010 Lara Zureikat Associate Director Project consultants Awatef Akur Trainer Agricultural Engineer Mazen

    Original URL path: http://www.csbe.org/activities/water-conserving-landscapes/water-conserving-landscapes-ii-the-instituting-water-demand-management-in-jordan-project-idara/ (2016-02-13)
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  • New Page » CSBE
    الراحل علي ماهر 1956 2013 ولتكريمه يمكنكم مشاركة ذكرياتكم من خلال نشرها على الرابط http rememberingalimaher tumblr com أو على صفحة الفيسبوك https www facebook com pages ذكريات مع علي ماهر Remembering Ali Maher 157025157824073 ref stream ولد على ماهر في عم ان في عام 1956 وقد درس العمارة في معهد موسكو للعمارة وتخرج منه عام 1984 وكان في مراحل مختلفة من حياته المهنية مستشار تصميم وصاحب مكتب عمارة وأسس

    Original URL path: http://www.csbe.org/activities/remembering-ali-maher/new-page/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Guidelines for Children's Park » CSBE
    the Design of Outdoor Play Settings for Children Guidelines for the Design of Outdoor Play Settings for Children In January of 2006 the Greater Amman Municipality GAM and the Child Friendly City Executive Agency approached the Center for the Study of the Built Environment CSBE to develop a set of guidelines for the design of children s play settings The guidelines were intended to promote awareness among designers and municipal staff of high standards of safety comfort developmental stimulation and integration of children with disabilities as applied to the design of children s play areas The guidelines were also intended to increase the breath of locally available research pertaining to children s play environments The guidelines developed cover the following areas Child development objectives and general design criteria 2 Specific design criteria for Manufactured Play Equipment Settings Gathering and meeting spacesGround Surfacing Fences Barriers Entrances Pathways Landsforms Topography Trees and Vegetation Signage Lighting and Electrical The guidelines developed are based primarily on the source below and have been modified slightly to suit the local context of Jordan Moore R C Goltsman S M and Iacofano D S eds 1992 2nd ed Play for All Guidelines Planning Design and Management of

    Original URL path: http://www.csbe.org/activities/other-projects/guidelines-for-the-design-of-outdoor-play-settings-for-children/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Aqaba Workers Housing » CSBE
    Children Urban Planning Project Management Assistance to ADC Activities Other Projects Urban Planning Project Management Assistance to ADC Urban Planning Project Management Assistance to ADC In 2006 and 2007 the Aqaba Development Corporation engaged CSBE to assist in the procurement and management of a number of planning studies related to the development of infrastructure and services in Aqaba The largest of these projects was the planning and outline design of 2 labour housing villages CSBE organized a tendering process which was won by ICON and then managed the process which culminated in the delivery of master plan drawings and guidelines to ADC by ICON A second project involved a competition for the design of an International Bus Terminal in Aqaba CSBE organized a design competition and outline design tender to a short list of pre qualified local companies A jury was established to select the winning design Subsequently CSBE was commissioned by ADC to carryout a ridership survey including data collection on passenger loads and projections to feed in to the detailed design of the Terminal CSBE carried this out in conjunction with Eng Khaled Shammout of the Ohio Transportation Authority who served as one of CSBE s Urban Unit

    Original URL path: http://www.csbe.org/activities/other-projects/urban-planning-project-management-assistance-to-adc/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Half a Century in the Study of Islamic Art » CSBE
    This also is the right time to discuss with his descendants what they want and what they do not want of his belongings and to think about what he should do with the belongings they do not want Grabar moved on to talk about what he did professionally to become more or less who he is now He stated that beyond the aforementioned personal and rather emotional information lay some practical details that are of use He began by providing a description of the world of the early 1950s It was a time when the United Nations had around 50 members instead of the almost 200 members it has today The only way to cross the Atlantic was by boat There were small planes connecting Beirut to Amman but they were unreliable and so one usually traveled between the two cities by car There were camels and donkeys all over the place Most typewriters were manual and there was not enough electricity for sustained periods of time to support electric typewriters There were no computers and word processing programs There was no direct telephone dialing and Grabar mentioned how he would call Paris from Jerusalem back in 1960 through a process that included calling from Jerusalem to Amman Amman to London and finally London to Paris This was the world he knew when he was about thirty years old Grabar added that things have changed so enormously and spectacularly since then that we often forget what the world was like before those changes These changes according to Grabar may be seen as either bad or good but they remain significant One cannot do the same things or think the same way as one did before The Enlightenment Project One way to begin explaining what has been is to consider the so called Enlightenment project In the eighteenth century there was the creation in Western Europe of a notion that it is possible to know everything that knowledge of everything is equal and there are no distinctions between different kinds of knowledge that everything will explain everything and that once one knows everything he or she will achieve high levels of wisdom and morality Grabar added that this idea initially was a European one but it spread elsewhere One of the early memorials of this idea is the Description de l Egypte published between 1808 and 1828 In the volumes of this extraordinary work a group of French scholars who had not set foot in Egypt before they accompanied Napoleon on his 1798 French expedition to that country documented much of Egypt s geography and cultural heritage The volumes of this publication still constitute the only resources where a complete text of specific Arabic language inscriptions is published The range of use of these volumes according to Grabar is only limited by the competencies of their readers Grabar believes one can make similar parallels to literature in that almost every major writer between 1780 and 1830 wrote about various aspects of

    Original URL path: http://www.csbe.org/publications-and-resources/articles-and-lectures-on-architectural-issues/half-a-century-in-the-study-of-islamic-art/ (2016-02-13)
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  • High-Tech Architecture and Other Issues » CSBE
    term He is concerned with the presentation of a building as an object that interacts with its society Rykwert believes that it is dangerous to consider the act of building merely as a technological process Currently this process still depends on energy guzzling devices which are still being elaborated rapidly and involve significant transformations in the nature of human labor and the financial structures of society In examining such a reduction of building to a technological process Rykwert goes back to about forty years ago when the group of young architects in England who called themselves Archigram 3 launched a manifesto in which they proposed a totally apolitical kind of building that depended only incidentally on very high energy consumption Their designs showed no attempt to respond in any way to the existing social fabric nor did it suggest any modification of it It gave priority to individual rather than social requirements There were a number of other projects that were linked to Archigram and were concerned with creating such forms of building as would aim to satisfy the physical needs of the individual Such an idea was launched and even partly realized in Japan especially in the works of the Metabolist Group 4 which concentrated on multiple mass produced dispensable and self contained dwellings in which one could literally slot oneself and which supplied all of one s physical pleasures as well as needs at least for a brief time Rykwert thinks the idea that the individual could in some way be totally enclosed in a self contained element was launched as a kind of desideratum but adds that no one would really like to live in a pod as such units came to be called People still need to congregate not just in cafes and bookshops but in

    Original URL path: http://www.csbe.org/publications-and-resources/articles-and-lectures-on-architectural-issues/high-tech-architecture-and-other-issues/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Development of Thinking and Theory in Architecture » CSBE
    researcher He also studied at the Architectural Association where he produced a thesis entitled General Conceptual Framework for Methodology of Design He finished his Ph D at METU in 1980 which was entitled A Categoric Structure for Theory of Design Ozkan emphasized that he very much was influenced by the overall developments that were taking place at the time when he began teaching It was just before the jumbo jet was invented a number of satellites already were in orbit and important achievements generally were being realized in science and technology Also new social values were coming into being The social consciousness movement was being formed and it was the period just prior to the 1968 student revolts in Paris with which Ozkan sympathized It generally was a period of anticipation and energy As for his own intellectual background he was brought up in the spirit of positivism as opposed to speculation and artistry Consequently his academic and intellectual upbringing emphasized the belief that theology and metaphysics are earlier imperfect modes of knowledge and that positive knowledge is based on natural phenomena and their properties and relations as verified by the empirical sciences For Ozkan positivism meant that theory should inform practice He explained that in architecture all speculations writings and essays are considered theory and he noted that every architect who wrote seems to have a theory a situation that does not apply to the natural sciences He gave physics as an example Not every physicist has a theory instead many make contributions to the development of a theory The same is true of mathematics and other sciences Ozkan started his exploration of the theory of architecture with the premise that whatever does not belong to a building whatever is externalized in the form of literature to explain the point of view of an architect philosopher or theorist thus informing the practice of architecture should belong to the realm of theory Ozkan then began compiling these writings starting with the earliest available examples which are the writings of Marcus Pollio Vitruvius from the 1st century BC up to contemporary theories such as Deconstruction Ozkan added that during this period he also started to take courses in the philosophy of science In 1969 he went to London to study at the Architectural Association In London he was fortunate enough to study with Karl Popper 1902 94 considered one of the greatest philosophers of science of the 20th century 2 At the Architectural Association Ozkan worked on structuring the various literary contributions to architecture In the scope of the theory of the philosophy of science Ozkan came to the conclusion that everything in the universe is structured At one extreme there is logic as the basis of knowledge Logic is transcribed and defined in the form of mathematics which informs physics and chemistry as applied sciences which in turn inform engineering In these cases theories are physically explicable and have an axiomatic structure A basic axiom such as 1 1 2

    Original URL path: http://www.csbe.org/publications-and-resources/articles-and-lectures-on-architectural-issues/development-of-thinking-and-theory-in-architecture/ (2016-02-13)
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  • The Future of the Design Studio » CSBE
    studio More specifically he dealt with experiments that have been carried out over the past six years at MIT in the teaching of architectural design and which have aimed at rethinking the idea and the tradition of the design studio The second subject is the ArchNet project an Internet based on line resource for architecture urbanism and related issues that MIT is developing with the support of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture William J Mitchell began this presentation with a photograph of a design studio at MIT dating back to the late nineteenth century figure 1 2 What is intriguing about this photograph is that it depicts an environment that does not differ drastically from the design studio of today The photograph shows the studio as an environment for working In it one finds tools for creating representations of works of architecture and also for carrying out mental processes relating to the exploration analysis and critique of these works of architecture The traditional tools for carrying out these tasks include drafting boards parallel slides triangles paper and pens and pencils These tools were used in the nineteenth century and are still in use today The photograph indicates that the studio is also an environment that provides reference materials needed by the designer to support the design process Such reference materials take many shapes and forms such as drawings pinned up on the wall as well as shelves and filing cabinets containing books magazines and photographs The more information one can place in the studio the more effective it becomes as an environment for carrying out the design process Most importantly the photograph shows the design studio as a social environment In it interaction structured around ideas related to architecture takes place Such interaction includes various forms such as informal

    Original URL path: http://www.csbe.org/publications-and-resources/articles-and-lectures-on-architectural-issues/the-future-of-the-design-studio/ (2016-02-13)
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