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  • Award Announcement, 2009 » CSBE
    committee will review the entries and select the winners The jury will be independent of any university affiliation The biographies of the jury members are included 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 slightly 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 withhold any of the award prizes Award Exhibition The winning projects will be declared at an award ceremony in Amman for which the date and location will be announced at a later date The winning projects and a selection of submissions will be exhibited during the award ceremony and on the following day The winning projects will also be published on the CSBE web site Travel and accommodation expenses of winners from outside Jordan will be covered by the Award Should any of the winning projects be the product of group effort the Award will cover the expenses of one representative from each winning team 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 Farrokh Derakhshani Architect Director the Aga Khan Award for Architecture Farrokh Derakhshani is Director of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and has been associated with the Award since 1982 His main field of specialization is contemporary architecture of Muslim societies He lectures widely and has organized and participated in numerous international seminars exhibitions colloquia workshops and international competitions He has served as a jury member at various international competitions and schools of architecture and collaborated on a large variety of publications on architecture Mr Derakhshani was trained as an architect and planner at the National University of Iran He later continued his studies at the School of Architecture in Paris UP1 Mr Derakhshani was not able to participate in the jury because of an unexpected last minute scheduling conflict Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architect and Founder Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architecture Beirut Lebanon Vladimir Djurovic is a landscape architect and founder of Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architecture He received his Undergraduate Degree in Horticulture from Reading University in England in 1989 and his Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia in the United States in 1992 After working with the design firm EDAW in Atlanta he headed back to Lebanon in 1995 to establish his landscape architectural practice Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architecture is the recipient of a number of awards

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  • Award-Winning Projects, 2009 » CSBE
    An Award ceremony was held at the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts in Amman on October 31 2009 The winning projects as well as a selection of participating projects were displayed at an exhibition at the National Gallery between November 1 and November 5 2009 The winning projects are as follows First prize Rasem Mazen Kamal Heba Abdul Munem Al Najada and Yousef Zaki Sayyed Ahmed Project name Ain Ghazal Interpretation Park Faculty supervisor Leen Fakhoury University of Jordan Jordan The project aims at using the preservation and conservation of the Ain Ghazal archeological site in Amman to generate a process of urban renewal in the area The project consists of the Ain Ghazal interpretation hall a transportation hub and a commercial center all distributed along a one kilometer strip perpendicular to the old stream that dissects the area Second prize Saud Abdulaziz Al Mutawa Project name A Moment of Regret and the New Beginning Faculty supervisor Quinsan Ciao Kuwait University Kuwait The project addresses the plight of abused women in Kuwait The designer focuses on a real case study and uses it to develop the design for a temporary housing and rehabilitation center for abused women The design aims at developing an enclosed protective and embracing shelter that facilitates a process of healing Third prize Farah Afif Kassab Project name Urban Plank Projecting the City of El Mina Back to the Sea Faculty supervisor Georges Arbid American University of Beirut Lebanon The project aims at retrieving the resonating relationship between the city of Tripoli and its people and the sea through its port which was lost with the recent restructuring of the city The project consists of an aquarium and a marine research institute which are intended to disseminate knowledge about the sea to the city The design

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  • Jury Report, 2009m » CSBE
    It also incorporates a high quality investigation of the development of building details and roof structures Its forms integrate well into their context and contribute to effectively linking two nearby urban areas We also found the idea of a living bridge over the highway particularly powerful The project in addition incorporates a story telling approach that encourages a sequential exploration of the site thus giving value to archeology and the history of the place It also effectively conveys the feeling of an architectural dig as well as captures and preserves the excavation of the site as a conceptual driver of the design The design provides a good sense of the integration of landscape elements trees and water Its materials are clearly thought out and articulated resulting in rich soulful places Moreover the character of each of its components offers a pull factor that keeps the visitor interested andengaged Finally the project s presentation is very effective Comments for improvement The poetic gestures found in each architectural component are somewhat absent in the overall combined expression of the project buildings on the site There also are potentials for making the project a more subtle expression by developing the overall scheme to blend more effectively into the earth and the surroundings Moreover the project can be made less imposing in its totality in fact a well thought out landscape layer can help achieve a more discrete and subtle intervention within the context of the surroundings We encourage the designer of this project to further develop the presentation and present it to the relevant authorities to propel it into the realm of implementation thus providing a bridge between academia and a real life solution SECOND PRIZE Saud Abdulaziz Al Mutawa A Moment of Regret and the New Beginning The jury members appreciate the student s bold decision to address such a unique and culturally controversial theme that of women s abuse We can feel the passion and sensitivity expressed in this design which has transformed a potentially defensive building type into an embracing environment that is both humane and architecturally powerful The deliberate organic disposition of the buildings on the site is appropriate for this healing retreat and very much in line with its conceptual direction The monolithic gestures of the buildings and spaces evoke a sense of silence and serenity that allows for healing and spiritual reconciliation The project relates well to its site Moreover the negative space carved out of the existing natural setting creates a sense of detachment and is therefore successful in transforming an urban plot into a healing sanctuary The sense of arrival and unfolding of the building particularly provides for an appropriate therapeutic experience Comments for improvement The translation of the narrative mapping of the stab wounds is too literal and arbitrary to the solution The project in fact needs to be further developed especially in terms of architectural character without losing its monolithic expression There also is a need to further develop the internal components and

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  • Ceremony and exhibition » CSBE
    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 Second cycle 2009 Ceremony and exhibition The Omrania CSBE Student Award for Architectural Design 2009 Second Cycle Ceremony and Exhibition The Award s 2009 second cycle ceremony and exhibition took place on Saturday October 31 2009 at the National Gallery of Fine

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  • Award Announcement » CSBE
    entrants communicate with the competition consulting committee or jurors concerning the judgment of competition entries or iii entries do not satisfy the above mentioned requirements for submission Evaluation An independent jury of three well known architects two from Jordan and one from outside Jordan will review the entries and select the winners The jury will be independent from the university graduation project juries The biographies of the jury members are included below The jury will evaluate the submissions on their standalone merit Clarity of presentation purpose creativity design competence etc will be taken into account While the different universities may have slightly 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 withhold any of the award prizes Award Exhibition The winning projects will be declared at an award ceremony for which the date and location will be announced later The winning projects and a selection of submissions will be exhibited during the award ceremony and on the following day The winning projects will also be published on the CSBE web site Participants may pick up their entry boards from the CSBE offices between 7 11 September 2008 CSBE will not be held responsible for any boards that are not picked up during that period 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 The Award organizers have the right to make any changes without prior warning or notice If you wish to be informed of any possible updates affecting the Award please provide us with your email address Biographies of the Jury Members The jury will consist of the following Sahel Al Hiyari Principal Sahel Al Hiyari and Partners Amman Mr Sahel Al Hiyari is the principal architect in the firm Sahel Al Hiyari and Partners in Amman He holds bachelor s degrees in both architecture and the fine arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and a master s of architecture in urban design from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University He also undertook post graduate study at the School of Architecture at the University of Venice where he taught from 1993 1995 In 2002 Mr Al Hiyari was chosen as the first architect to participate in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative and he subsequently was chosen as a protégé of Álvaro Siza in Portugal His architectural work has been published in a number of local and international architectural publications and has been exhibited in Jordan Lebanon Italy and the United States He has lectured at the Jordan University of Science and Technology in Irbid and Columbia University in New York Mr Al Hiyari s current architectural projects include an awareness centre in Wadi Musa

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  • Award-Winning Projects 2008 » CSBE
    Ali Maher Other Projects Activities The Omrania l CSBE Student Award First cycle 2008 Award Winning Projects 2008 The Omrania CSBE Student Award for Architectural Design 2008 First Cycle Winners The Award jury awarded first second and third prizes as well as an honorable mention The winning projects are as follows First place Redevelopment of the Southern Terrace of Jabal al Qal a designed by Dina Hadi Mousa Shahin and

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  • Jury Report 2008 » CSBE
    students are relatively well versed in the techniques of visual graphic presentation However much of the student design work coming out of our universities today is highly formalistic and focuses on graphic visual impacts and stimuli In such work clarity and discipline often are absent and ambiguity prevails The ordinary silent and neutral are feared clutter often dominates in both design and presentation Such work portrays an unhealthy dependency on CAD technologies to produce images that are detached from architecture as a multi disciplinary endeavor and as a material manifestation of the creative process Under such circumstances architectural representation techniques that denote basic design skills and delineate careful planning spatial qualities and materiality suffer greatly Moreover while a project may begin with very promising diagrams and sketches these often are not developed fully or seriously and in many cases function is sacrificed for the sake of form Although the process of architectural design requires a high level of critical and analytical rigor the outcomes of architectural design studios today often consist of derivative and watered down versions of trendy vocabularies primarily disseminated through architectural magazines and the Internet Students of architecture have become heavily dependent on superficial readings of such sources Examining the rich and diverse examples of architecture and urbanism that history has to offer is absent This deprives students from an in depth intellectual and visual investigation of the making of architecture and prevents them from fully developing and polishing the considerable talent they possess Numerous student projects therefore are intended to impress at first sight and provide a degree of shock value through exhibitionist presentation techniques These techniques often consist of collages of images that incorporate a multi layering of forms colors and lines and that do not adequately reflect the physicality and materiality of architecture The

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  • Response from Academia to Jury Report » CSBE
    value system connected to traditional techniques of conceptual creation and design development It was only relatively recently that the computer was introduced simply as a drafting tool and many practitioners and academics felt it to be slower than traditional drafting techniques and not as effective But it eventually emerged as an essential component in the culture of architectural practice In fact it currently is not feasible or even acceptable to develop certain three imensional architectural compositions without totally involving CAD programs in the process e g pendentives and the muqarnas In addition it has become common to come across architectural students with considerable talent a sense of imagination and the ability to generate interesting concepts and design solutions but who might have limited sketching and manual presentation skills Moreover current architectural practice has come to stress the use of computers to the point where architectural firms focus in their search for architects to employ on those who excel in computer graphics and representation Computer generated graphics are becoming powerful marketing tools in the architectural industry and architectural graduates need to master the generation of such graphics to effectively compete in the job market We nonetheless have to admit that the current prevailing trend of overusing computer graphics in architectural representation is problematic I do not believe however that the solution lies solely in returning to traditional design processes In fact I believe it could be the other way around In other words the role of CAD technologies could be investigated and explored more thoroughly and deeply and such technologies could be further integrated into the process of design thinking rather than being merely utilized for the presentation of design solutions There are many serious current investigations addressing the capabilities of computing in decision making and intelligence within the context of architectural design The concepts of narrative plots actors agents and interaction are being introduced as new concepts within newly emerging trends in digital design thinking A parallel process should be taking place with regard to CAD technologies I therefore propose that encouraging traditional manual skills amongst students of architecture should focus on those who have salient talents in using them and have clear potentials in integrating them in the generation of design ideas and solutions But in parallel with traditional design tools we should further encourage the use of computers as exploratory and thinking tools in design education and practice and in a totally different context than that of traditional ones I tend to agree with the jurors that there is a general trend amongst many students to focus on graphics images and arbitrary forms and to ignore function as well as social and cultural contexts I believe this is a problem architectural academia in Jordan suffers from and that there is no sincere attempt to overcome it There is a prevailing myth that function is much more a technical and economic issue rather than a creative dimension of design thinking and I believe that this mis understanding of function

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