Creative Urban Planning for Play Time in Jordan

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My nephews are fortunate. They live on a verdant property called Hungrytown Hollow among enormous trees and bucolic rolling hills outside Charlottesville, Virginia. In the summertime the two boys splash around in a lake near their property and go on long hikes with their father. They chase chickens and plant seeds and are called upon to help […]

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New Mekkah Mega-Scheme On The Way

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A German company has just secured the contract for a mega project in Mekkah which will house around 160,000 inhabitants Despite reassurances that Mekkah would take a more considered approach to construction, a new mega-scheme for the city has just been given the green light. Following the horrendous Mekkah Clocktower and the growing sprawl surrounding […]

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Car Use in Lebanon Increased by 538% in 24 Years

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An architect in Beirut illustrates how a small splash of color can completely transform a concrete environment. But trust us, that is just the beginning of this city’s problems. I judge a country by its public transportation, and Sandra Rashini, an architect who held a magnifying glass over Lebanon’s colossal urban problem for Mashallah, will tell […]

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Moshe Safdie Goes To China

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Moshe Safdie exports his pixelated design concept to Qinhuangdao, China Israeli-born architect Moshe Safdie is famous for his “Habitat 67” design created for that year’s Montreal World Fair. And though his “Safdie Plan” for Jerusalem was somewhat controversial, his talent has since gathered in strength and now features throughout the world. The most recent commission […]

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