The Center for the Study of the Built Environment (CSBE) is a non-profit, private study and research institution that aims at addressing the challenges that affect the built environment in Jordan and beyond. The built environment is defined in a comprehensive manner to include ..... more 


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Wishlist 2017

Wishes for Amman in 2017

CSBE has asked three distinguished professionals, Myriam Ababsa, Ammar Khammash, and Hazem Zureiqat, to share some of the developments they would like to see regarding Amman's built environment in 2017. 


The Omrania | CSBE Student Award 9th Cycle

View information on the Award cycle, including the Award announcement, the jury report, the participating and winning projects, as well as the Award ceremony, exhibition, and public lecture.

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CSBE's Favorite Plaster Buildings in Jordan

This section features photos and information on our favorite plaster buildings in Jordan.

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Reimagining our Roads with Self-Driving Cars

CSBE's Ali Attari explores the potential effects of self-driving cars on cities and their communities in an article entitled 'Reimagining our Roads with Self-Driving Cars'. 


Pokémon Go - A New Avenue for Urban Exploration

"Pokémon-Go - A New Avenue for Urban Exploration," is an article by CSBE's Ali Attari that discusses how the new video game's innovative approach to gaming is affecting the way people experience their cities.


CSBE's Favorite Exposed-Concrete Buildings in Amman

This section features photos and information on our favorite exposed-concrete buildings in Amman.


Amman's Urban and Green Lungs

Urban and green lungs are defined as large open spaces, often un-built and containing significant naturally-occurring or introduced vegetation, located within densely built urban areas. These spaces take on important roles in cities. They are considered "lungs" since they act as sinks for the harmful gases resulting from vehicle emissions, industrial activities, and other polluting urban establishments. They also increase the amount of oxygen in the air, attract wildlife, bring nature into the city, and provide spaces that city residents may use for leisure, recreation, exercise, and social interaction.


Digital version of CSBE's "Water Conserving Gardens: A User's Manual" is now available online

This extensive manual introduces various possibilities for water-conserving gardening and provides ideas and guidelines that help create beautiful, colourful, water-conserving gardens. It also includes references to both printed and web-based resources for those who would like to get more in-depth knowledge about the subjects covered in the manual’s various chapters. The print version of the manual was published in 2004. 

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Using Public Transportation in Amman

The Center for the Study of the Built Environment (CSBE), in coordination with the Taqaddam Platform, has carried out an extensive study that focuses on the user’s experience in using public transportation in Amman, Jordan. This study, which is part of Taqaddam’s Ma’an  Nasel public transportation campaign, aims at collecting reliable information to help forge an informed understanding of the state of public transportation in Amman and Jordan for use in lobbying activities and public awareness campaigns. It also serves as a baseline for any discussions or initiatives relating to public transportation in Amman.

This Arabic language report presents an overview and information on studies and publications on public transportation in Jordan. It also presents an analysis of interviews with regular public transportation users and outcomes of a field study that documents and evaluates public transportation trips. 


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.