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  • Award-Winning Projects, 2011 » CSBE
    gives them a unique identity shaped by their informal settlement location in the Mokattam area of Cairo where they have found refuge near St Samaan Monastery a cave church carved into the hills and decorated with wall reliefs In addition to suffering from a lack of facilities and services they also have suffered from neglect by governmental planning bodies This project involves a redesign of their urban landscape as well as a display of their productive innovation It starts by reusing an abandoned limestone quarry one of many historical ones in Mokattam leaving its manmade morphology untouched and carving in a program that promotes public awareness a recycling museum a paper recycling workshop a sculpting workshop a sewing workshop a library and a stone history museum The quarry also is intended to act as an urban magnet luring visitors to a journey through a garbage village The entrance to this urban magnet contains an outdoor crafts and sculpture exhibit area that features recycled materials and a large green open space for sports or public events The redesigned quarry provides the community with multifunctional public spaces to meet their social needs and also houses income generating activities a renewable energy plant of solar panels and an underground biogas digester powered by organic waste An urban farming area includes an animal shelter and a market for selling home grown crops This public space is to be run by the Zaballeen themselves and is open to all Cairenes giving the residents of the city the opportunity to learn from the Zaballeen as they have been learning from the city Second Prize shared Firas Abou FakherProject House of Sound and Word Dar al sawt wa l kalima Beirut Lebanon University American University of Beirut Instructor George Arbid The site for this project is located along the ring road of Beirut which is a major highway that is bordered by the Hamra district from the west the Achrafieh district from the east and the Solidere area from the north while lying in the Bachoura area south of the highway The empty site occupies an area undergoing gentrification and is in direct contact with a Muslim Cemetery as well as a street of two story abandoned houses and a 19th century historical house The project encompasses these urban structures and provides ample public spaces for the nearby residents as well as the crowds that congregate at a nearby mosque The space provides a continuous urban plaza that reaches the very edge of the highway but is protected from it by a large inhabited screen which functions as the project s major visual feature Looking from the highway this inhabited screen faces north capturing the images of the billboards and structures of the city in reflection It also houses broadcasting facilities that are transparent to all who pass from both the front and back Second Prize shared Arwa Abu Zannad and Zahra a Shatnawi Project Al Mujib Gateway Visitor and Morphogenic Design Center Wadi al Mujib Jordan

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  • jury report 2011 » CSBE
    as a source of guidance and even inspiration in developing works of architecture and planning The third approach emphasizes architecture s role in addressing socio economic and environmental challenges and helping achieve sustainable built solutions that contribute to improving people s quality of life While the jury believes it is very important for architects to master all three skills the overwhelming socio economic and environmental challenges people everywhere are facing today make it particularly important for architects to articulate their role as agents of positive change in their societies Still it should be emphasized that for all three cases architects need to rigorously test their solutions and to ensure that they effectively address formal programmatic socio economic and environmental issues in the best and most thorough manner possible We feel that each of the winning projects we have selected addresses at least one of these requirements in a competent and well thought out manner It should be mentioned however that none of them successfully address all three and many of the submitted designs express weaknesses in terms of mastering basic design skills and clarity of visual communication This indicates that the process of rigorous testing mentioned above often is lacking We of course understand that the submitted designs are solutions developed by students who have not yet begun their professional careers and that architects are only able to effectively develop their skills through years of dedicated work Still certain skills that we feel should have been mastered by architects who have just completed their formal architectural education are not evident in many of the submitted entries All in all we hope that our selection and assessment of the winning projects will encourage students as well as their instructors and the departments of architecture with which they are affiliated to rigorously emphasize developing these different set skills and also to thoroughly explore the contributions that architects may make to their societies First Prize Garbage Village Social Integration through Quarry Architecture Mokattam Cairo Egypt This project is very pertinent to issues of poverty and community development and addresses them in a manner that promotes self reliance The adaptive reuse of an old quarry as an urban magnet through its function as a community center is particularly noteworthy The design creates a physical solution that promotes socio economic sustainability and that is harmonious with its surroundings It provides public green areas that enhance the quality of life in those surroundings and promise to have a significant positive impact on them Moreover the rehabilitation of the quarry is carried out in a visually sensitive unobtrusive and thoughtful manner Second Prize shared Al Mujib Gateway Visitor and Morphogenic Design Center Wadi al Mujib Jordan Valley Jordan This design presents an elegant and seamless insertion in the landscape It excavates the site but blends in it through layers that create well articulated roof ribbons and a discreet roofline It creates a powerful composition that has its back tucked into the rock formation and its front open

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  • Ceremony and exhibition » CSBE
    2014 Sixth cycle 2013 Fifth cycle 2012 Fourth cycle 2011 Third cycle 2010 Second cycle 2009 First cycle 2008 Jury members Water Conserving Landscapes Remembering Ali Maher Other Projects Activities The Omrania l CSBE Student Award Fourth cycle 2011 Ceremony and exhibition The Omrania CSBE Student Award for Architectural Design 2011 Fourth Cycle Ceremony and Exhibition The Award s 2011 fourth cycle ceremony and exhibition took place on Mondayday December

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  • Public lecture » CSBE
    Lists on Architecture and the Built Environment Graywater Reuse Project Public Lectures The Omrania l CSBE Student Award Eighth cycle 2015 Seventh cycle 2014 Sixth cycle 2013 Fifth cycle 2012 Fourth cycle 2011 Third cycle 2010 Second cycle 2009 First cycle 2008 Jury members Water Conserving Landscapes Remembering Ali Maher Other Projects Activities The Omrania l CSBE Student Award Fourth cycle 2011 Public lecture The Omrania CSBE Student Award for

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  • Award Announcement » CSBE
    the eligibility criteria for participation in the competition ii entrants communicate with the competition organizers or jurors concerning the judgment of competition entries iii entries do not satisfy any of the above mentioned requirements for submission Evaluation An independent jury will review the entries and select the winners The biographies of the jury members are provided below The jury will evaluate the submissions on their stand alone merit Clarity of presentation purpose creativity design competence etc will be taken into account While the different universities may have different criteria for their projects the jury will evaluate each submission on its own merit without reference to external criteria The jury s decision will be final and the jury has the right to decide on the number of winners and on the distribution of the prize money among them Award Exhibition The winning projects will be declared at an Award ceremony in Manamah Bahrain The date and location of the ceremony will be announced at a later date The winning projects and a selection of submissions will be exhibited during the Award ceremony and for a few days following it The winning projects will also be published on the CSBE web site The Award will cover travel and accommodation expenses of winners from outside Bahrain Should any of the winning projects be the product of a group effort the Award will cover the expenses of one representative from the group Inquiries and updates For additional inquiries please call CSBE at 962 6 461 5297 or send an email to award csbe org Any changes that may be made regarding the Award will be posted on the Award section of the CSBE web site and on the Award s Facebook page If you wish to be informed of any possible updates on the Award please provide us with your email address Biographies of the Jury Members The jury will consist of the following Omar Hallaj architect and development consultant CEO Syria Trust for Development Damascus Syria Omar Hallaj is an architect and a development consultant and the CEO of the Syria Trust for Development He holds his bachelor s and master s degrees in architecture from the University of Texas He has researched and lectured on a variety of issues related to the history economics and politics of architecture in the Muslim world His professional work has closely concentrated on linking social and economic development concerns to the production of architecture and the preservation of urban heritage His experience includes serving on public commissions related to urban development and conservation issues developing administrative and legal frameworks for heritage conservation and involving private and non governmental efforts in urban management He served as the Team Leader for the German Technical Cooperation Project for the Development of Historic Cities in Yemen He was also a partner is Suradec a consortium for urban and urban heritage planning in Aleppo Syria In addition he was a recipient of the 2007 cycle of the Aga Khan Award for

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  • Award Winning Projects 2010 » CSBE
    Centre in Manama Bahrain on November 28 2010 to honor the winners The winning projects of the Award s three cycles as well as a selection of submitted entries for the third cycle were exhibited at the Art Centre between November 28 and December 2 2010 The Award s third cycle winners are Razan Al Ati Project Cinematic Academy University Jordan University of Science and Technology Faculty supervisor Ahmad Freewan This project is a design for a cinematic academy that focuses on the relationship between the producers and their audience It creates interactive platforms that involve the audience in the production process contributing to their mutual learning and growth Yasmina El Chami Project Viva La Vida or Death and all his Friends A Story About the Future of an Old Building University American University of Beirut Faculty supervisor Carole Levesque This project addresses a building in Beirut known as the Barakat Building which was deserted as a result of the Lebanese Civil War It proposes revitalizing it and reintegrating it within the city without taking away the essence of its original character After exploring several common scenarios on how to go about re integrating such a building within its urban fabric the designer offers a different approach adapting it as a school for circus and performing arts This school hosts temporary functions that are a source of vibrant energy in the city by offering a production space that is in constant motion and evolution Preeti Mogali Project Choreographic Center in Oman University American University of Sharjah Faculty supervisor George Katodrytis This project explores the formation of space through a process of studying two concepts choreography gestures and grids to generate a dance performance center located off the coast of Musandum in Oman overlooking the Indian Ocean The reference for the

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  • Jury Report 2010 » CSBE
    their origin dance and destination architecture The overall process of this generation of form is original creative and inspiring The generated patterns also effectively relate to the surrounding landscape and are sensitively transformed into building form The final result is an entity that is in harmony with nature and landform The Jury appreciated the project s commitment to both free thinking and well disciplined analysis The project however needs to employ clear structural systems and its spaces must be formed in line with those systems A clear explanation of the design decisions made is needed for the selection of materials and method of construction No Man s Land This project expresses freedom in a creative and experimental way It has succeeded in transforming a pertinent political issue the Israeli Palestinian conflict into basic elements of architectural value Important factors of site territory and borders are addressed through an architectural vocabulary based on bridging geometric nodes platforms surfaces and gestures The student has presented an explosive architecture that explores issues related to freedom and that provokes us to think further about those issues The project has a strong concept and clear architectural expression The presentation is graphically well designed The drawings and renderings are expressive Cinematic Academy The student has succeeded in following up on the concept of interaction establishing effective visual communication and programmatic relationships linking the different functions through the creation of several strata that address both sides of the valley These interconnect and fold to link and form the ramps and steps The plan follows two grids that connect at a central zone giving access to the series of public spaces overlooking each other The openings in the building take the form of thin and large slits depending on the amount of light that needs to get through The total expression is that of slabs surfaces openings and bridges rather than doors windows and rooms This project has high architectural qualities a clear concept expressed in the sequence of overlapping layers that form the project Another sequence of renderings expresses the journey within the building The structure however needs more study The thresholds between the project s decorative and structural elements are blurred and need to be clarified The project presents an abstract feeling of materials that gives it a strong and unified expression Development of Beirut s First Pier The project provides a very sober understanding of its site a highly prominent junction of the city with its water front Its major gesture of an intrusive mass growing into the sea provides a culmination of a prevailing direction in Beirut s urban evolution as a city encroaching on the sea and meeting it face to face Through meticulous planning the design has consolidated a complex program in a convincing manner showing how design development is an integral part of any architectural project This is the strongest design in terms of taking on the extra step of thinking through the major architectural questions affecting the building The design

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  • Ceremony and Exhibition » CSBE
    2014 Sixth cycle 2013 Fifth cycle 2012 Fourth cycle 2011 Third cycle 2010 Second cycle 2009 First cycle 2008 Jury members Water Conserving Landscapes Remembering Ali Maher Other Projects Activities The Omrania l CSBE Student Award Third cycle 2010 Ceremony and Exhibition The Omrania CSBE Student Award for Architectural Design 2010 Third Cycle Ceremony and Exhibition The Award s 2010 third cycle ceremony and exhibition took place on Sunday November

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