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A blogging space about my personal interests; was made during training in Stockholm #Young Leaders Visitors Program #Ylvp08 it developed into a social bookmarking blog.

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Monday, November 23


ARCHMARATHON 2015 Beirut http://www.archmarathon.com/

For the period of three amazingly fast paced days, full of good energy and futuristic optimism, an architectural marathon took place at the coastal cultural hub City of Beirut... 

October 2015, a month dedicated by the UN agency, the UN-Habitat for the celebration of #Cities worldwide namely #UrbanOctober. A celebration asserting on the quality of our livable cities, its challenges, ... and shared common spaces, how to improve and advance better healthy lives at them. The topic in itself can be described by professionals as one of the most debatable topics around the globe, as there are many conferences held about it in the past, present and certainly many more to come in the future.

42 Mediterranean based design studios were selected to showcase their most built architectural design projects within the period of the last five years. each architect and design studio had a time of nearly 20 minutes to represent their work, describe the project's details, urban constraints, challenges and its lively overall context.

so for the days of the October 8th, 9th and 10th a general public review took place in order to select a winning design project for each specified category established by the organizers. 

This public review was held in a rather open transparent jury Style, where remarks, suggestions, praises and encouragements were conducted by each member of the Mediterranean jury member in the most positive manner possible, so an atmosphere of win-win situation was happening...

To me personally as an observer I felt highly included within the decision-making process of the jury and enlightened by different views on architectural, building design and construction processes.

Coming from Syria with a fairly good recent distant from the profession, this rapid style of organisation and presentation was one of the best remedies for all these long years of Conflict and war news. 
One of the amazing outcomes of the ARCHMARATHON was that famous and practicing architects were part of the participants, close to the public, an easier interaction and networking can occur, which is not the norm in the MENA region or the Arab-World...
Finally, I wish all Syrians and war-torn nations a fast recovery of bloody crisis and even a faster come-backs to their normal lives and once occupied professions...

The Winning Projects










To read more about the event 

Speech Videos 

Photos of the event

to connect with ARCHMARATHON kindly check
TW https://twitter.com/archmarathon
UTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJjvjWBavwehNyKyt7ZQCOg


Saturday, October 31

Urban October Damas

Urban October Beirut

DSC06740 ::: Cities-in-progress (Beirut)

some urban observations of Beirut

Sunday, October 25

#UN70 #UNBlue

#Cities #Architecture Turning Blue for UnitedNation's 70 anniversary 

"To help celebrate the UN’s 70th anniversary, more than 200 iconic monuments monuments, buildings, statues, bridges, and other landmarks in more than 60 countries around the world will be lit up blue on UN Day, 24 October, as part of an exciting new global campaign which helps unite global citizens and promote the message of peace, development and human rights. - See more at: http://blogs.un.org/blog/2015/10/09/turn-the-world-unblue/#sthash.8Kdk4Xk7.Qg3y4Fc0.dpuf"

Albania: Tirana: Tirana Clock Tower Algeria: Algiers: Algeria National Theater - Mahieddine Bachtarzi Algiers: The Greate Poste Algiers The Wilaya of Algiers HQ (Province) National People’s Assembly Council of the Nations Australia: Adelaide: Three Rivers Fountain Adelaide: Adelaide Festival Centre Ballarat: Ballarat Townhall Bendigo: Bendigo Conservatory Canberra: National Museum of Australia Canberra: Old Parliament House Canberra: Telestra Tower Canberra: National Archives of Australia Canberra: National Film and Sound Archive of Australia Canberra: Questacon National Science and Technology Centre Hobart: Tasmanian Government House Hobart: Fountain Roundabout Melbourne: Melbourne Cricket Ground Melbourne: Royal Exhibition Building – UNESCO Heritage Melbourne: Melbourne Star Observation Wheel Melbourne: Federation Square Melbourne: Government House of Victoria Melbourne: Parliament of Victoria Melbourne: Melbourne Town Hall Melbourne: Victorian Arts Centre Spire Melbourne: Bolte Bridge Melbourne: St. Patrick’s Cathedral Melbourne: State Library of Victoria Perth: The Bell Tower Perth: Arthur Head Cliff and the Round House Perth: Victoria Hall Perth: Trafalgar Bridge Perth: Northbridge Piazza Sydney: Sydney Opera House Armenia: Yerevan: Opera House Azerbaijan: Baku: Heydar Aliyev Center Bahrain: Bu Maher Fort Central Library of the University of Bahrain Bangladesh: Dhaka: Labagh Fort Dhaka: Bangla Academy Burdwan House Belarus: Minsk: Belarus National Library Belgium: Brussels: Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) Brussels: Maison de la Radio Brussels : Center for Fine Arts (Palais des Beaux-Arts) Bruges: Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) Balen / Mol: Library Ghent: Belfort Ghent: Ghelamco Stadium Harelbeke: City Hall Hasselt: City Hall Haacht: Angel’s Castle (Engelenburcht) Louvain: Provinciehuis Louvain: Railway Statue Zottegem: Castle of Egmont Bolivia: La Paz: Triplet Bridge – Libertad La Paz: Triplet Bridge - Unión La Paz: Triplet Bridge - Independencia Brazil: Rio: Christ on Corcovado Mountain (Christ the Redeemer) Rio: Estádio do Maracanã (Maracanã Stadium) Rio: The Municipal Theater (Theatro Municipal) Brasilia: The Itamaraty Palace Brasilia: The Cathedral Salvador: Elevador Lacerda (Lacerda Elevator) Salvador: Farol da Barra (Barra Lighthouse) Salvador: Estádio da Fonte Nova (Fonte Nova Arena) São Paulo: Viaduto do Chá São Paulo: Biblioteca Mário de Andrade (Mário de Andrade Library) São Paulo: Ponte das Bandeiras (Flags bridge) São Paulo: Estátua de Borba Gato (Borba Gato statue) São Paulo: Monumento às Bandeiras Cambodia: Phnom Penh: National Assembly Phnom Penh: Peace Palace China Great Wall of China Colombia: Bogota: La Torre Colpatria (Colpatria Tower) Bogota: Cerro de Monserrate (Monserrate Mountain) Bogota: Palacio de Nariño (Presidential House) Denmark: Copenhagen: Little Mermaid Statue Copenhagen: Nikolaj Kunsthal Copenhagen: Tivoli Gardens Dominican Republic: Santo Domingo: Alcazar de Colon El Salvador: San Salvador: Palacio Nacional Egypt: Giza: The Great Pyramids of Giza Finland: Helsinki: Helsinki Cathedral France: Verdun: Centre Mondial Pour La Paix Germany: Bonn: Old City Hall Berlin: TV Tower Greece: Athens: Gate of Andrianos - Temple of Zeus Athens: City Hall Ioannina: City Hall Koukouli, Zagori Epirus: Three springs and public offices Thermaicos Municipality: City Hall Syros: Aghios Nikolaos Church City of Livadia: Tower of the Medieval Castle City of Livadia: The Clock Tower City of Hersonissos: City Hall City of Corfu: Statue of Lord Adams City of Corfu: Statue of Governor Ioannis Kapoditrias City of Corfu: Metland Rotunda City of Corfu: City Hall (San Giacomo) City of Corfu: Ioannis Kapodistrias Palace (Ionian University) City of Argostoli, Kefalonia: The Obelisk City of Nea Smyrni: Estia of Nea Smirni Hungary: Budapest: Corvinus University, ‘C’ Building Iceland: Reykjavik: Prime Minister’s Office Reykjavik: Imagine Peace Tower India: Mumbai: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus) Indonesia: Jakarta: National Monument Borobudur: Borobudur Temple Iran: Tehran: Milad Tower Tehran: Nature Bridge Iraq: Baghdad: Kahramana Square, Statue of Kahramana And Forty Thieves Square Ireland: Dublin: Dublin Castle Italy: Assisi: Basilica di San Frencesco d’Assisi (Basilica of San Francis of Assisi) Brindisi: Municipal Building Brindisi: Roman Column Milan: City Hall (Palazzo Marino) Pisa: City Hall Pisa: Leaning Tower of Pisa Rovereto: Rovereto Campana della Pace (Peace Bell) Trento: Fontana del Nettuno Turin: Mole Antonelliana Japan: Tokyo: TOKYO SKYTREE Toyama: Tower 111 Nagoya: Nagoya TV Tower Hyogo Prefecture: Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution Kyoto: Kodai-ji Temple Kyoto: Nijo-jo Castle Kanazawa: Kanazawa Castle Fukuoka: JR HAKATA CITY Hyogo Prefecture: Akashi Kaikyo Bridge Sapporo: Sapporo TV Tower Sapporo: The Clock Tower Osaka: Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel Yokohama: Yokohama Marine Tower Jordan: Ma'an Governorate: Petra Amman: Le Royale Hotel Kazakhstan: Almaty: Palace of the Republic Almaty: Hotel Kazakhstan Kenya: Nairobi: Kenyatta International Conference Center Korea Seoul: City Hall Seoul: Incheon Bridge Lebanon: Anjar : UNESCO World Heritage Baalbeck : UNESCO World Heritage Beirut: An-Nahar Newspaper Building Beirut: Le Royal Hotels and Resorts, Dbayeh Beirut: National Museum Beirut: Phoenicia Intercontinental Hotel Tele Lumiere – Noursat TV Channel Amchit: President Michael Sleiman Sports Complex Byblos: Byblos Fortress UNESCO World Heritage Qadisha Valley : UNESCO World Heritage Keserwan: Jeita Grotto Tyre: UNESCO World Heritage Lithuania: Vilnius: Gediminas Castle Tower Luxembourg: Luxembourg City: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Hotel Saint-Maximin and Hotel SaintAugustin) Luxembourg City: The Parliament Luxembourg City: The Prime Minister’s Office (Hotel de Bourgogne) Luxembourg City: The Philharmonie Luxembourg Luxembourg City: The Town Hall of Luxembourg (Hotel de Ville) Malta: Valletta: Presidential Palace Mauritius: Port Louis: Municipial Council Building Port Louis: Government House Mexico: Mexico City: El Angel de la Independencia (Angel of Independence) Mexico City: Monument to Columbus Mexico City: La Diana Cazadora (Diana the Huntress) Guadalajara: Guadalajara University Monaco: Princley Palace of Monaco Netherlands: The Hague: The Peace Palace The Hague: City Hall New Zealand: Auckland: Auckland War Memorial Museum (Tamaki Paenga Hira) Nigeria: Lagos: National Theater Norway: Oslo: City Hall Peru: Lima: Government Palace Lima: Torre Tagle Palace Cuzco: Temple of Qoricancha Philippines: Manila: Chain of Super Malls (and Globe) Portugal: Lisbon: City Hall Russia: Moscow: Novy Arbat (10 buildings) Moscow: Tverskaya Street (28 buildings) Moscow: Prospect Mira (10 buildings) St. Petersburg: The Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg: The Peter and Paul Fortress Saudi Arabia: Jeddah: Kingdom Tower Riyadh: Al Faisaliah Tower Singapore: Changi Airport (Terminal 1) Marina City Park: Gardens by the Bay (Supertrees) National Gallery Singapore Singapore Art Museum Singapore Botanic Gardens (Bandstand) The Esplanade Slovakia: Bratislava: Mayor’s Palace Bratislava: Bratislava Castle Slovenia: Ljubljana: Triple Bridge Postojna: Castle Predjama South Africa: Johannesburg: Nelson Mandela Bridge Spain: Barcelona: Gaudi’s Casa Mila (La Pedrera de Gaudi) Barcelona: Real Club Deportivo Espanol Stadium (Espanyl Stadium) Barcelona: Gaudi’s Casa Batllo Barcelona: Fonts of Montjuic – Montjuic Fontaines Barcelona: Font de Passeig de Gracia - Passeig de Gracia Fontaine Barcelona: City Hall of Barcelona Barcelona: Roca Gallery Barcelona: Palau de la Generalitat (Headquarters of the Government of Catalonia) Barcelona: La Masia (Centre de Formació Oriol Torn Football Club Barcelona) Bilbao: The San Mamés Stadium Athletic Club Granada: La Alhambra Madrid: City Hall (Palacio de Cibeles) Madrid: Roca Gallery Murcia: City of Murcia Segovia: The aqueduct of Segovia Santiago de Compostela: City of Culture Toledo: The City Hall Toledo: The Torreón de la Cava Seville: La Giralda (Cathedral Tower) Sudan: Karima Town: Gebel Barkal Khartoum: National Museum Sweden: Stockholm: Globen Arena Kristianstad: Old Theatre Switzerland: Geneva: Jet d’Eau (Geneva Fountain) Tunisia: Tunis: Big Ben Turkey: Istanbul: Bosphorous Bridge Istanbul: Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge Izmir: Izmir Clock Tower United Arab Emirates: Etihad Towers Qasr Al-Hosn Mubadala (Almamoora) Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium Abu Dhabi Global Market Building United Kingdom: London: Central Hall Westminster Edinburgh: Edinburgh Castle Cardiff: Wales Millennium Centre United States of America: New York: Empire State Building New York: Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum San Francisco: City Hall Washington D.C: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Washington D.C: New Zealand Embassy Washington D.C: U.S. Institute of Peace Uruguay: Montevideo: Estadio Centanario (Centenary Field) Zimbabwe: Harare: Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe UN Global Offices: New York: United Nations Headquarters Beirut: UN House Lima: UN Offices Moscow: UN Offices Vienna: Vienna International Centre (UN City) Budapest : FAO Building Praia : Cabo Verde UN Offices 




Sunday, October 4

Athens Democracy Forum 2015

Athens Democracy Forum 2015 http://athensdemocracyforum.com/



Thursday, October 1

She Entrepuneures 2016

Leadership Programmes ::: Swedish Institute ::: She Entrepreneurs 2016

"She Entrepreneurs is a leadership programme for young emerging women social entrepreneurs in the Middle East, North Africa and Sweden. The programme aims to give the participants innovative tools for sustainable change while seeking to create an active network of women changemakers.

She Entrepreneurs runs for one year, with participants meeting for ten days in Sweden and one week in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. In between the modules, the participants work on their own initiative locally, coached by group mentors over digital platforms.
The participants are social entrepreneurs from Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Palestine, Yemen and Sweden who address social challenges and strive for positive social change through initiatives based on entrepreneurial principles. During the programme participants are provided with inspiration, knowledge and tools to develop a business idea for sustainable change that they have already started working on in their country or region. Through the programme, participants are also offered the opportunity to meet leading social and business entrepreneurs as well as become a part of an active network of women social entrepreneurs that supports personal and professional development.
The call for applications for She Entrepreneurs 2016 is currently open! The deadline for applying is 8 October 2015 at midnight (Central European Time Zone). "
She Entrepreneurs 2011 from Swedish Institute on Vimeo.






7 essential MOOCs for budding social entrepreneurs


Starting a business to make the world a better place is a worthy and even fashionable idea. But what does creating a social enterprise really entail, and what skills should you have under your belt before you jump in?
Aspiring social entrepreneurs can find comfort and knowledge in MOOCs, or massive open online courses. Platforms such as Coursera, Udacity and Udemy feature a number of low-cost classes taught by expert faculty in socent and related fields.
From using social media for social good to HTML programming geared specifically toward entrepreneurs, here are seven MOOCs you should look into before launching a socially conscious company.

1. Social Entrepreneurship: A Crash Course

Platform: Udemy
Price: $25
This MOOC is perfect for beginners looking to dip their toes into the social enterprise space. Taught by Jessica Lax, content developer for social impact at School for Change, Social Entrepreneurship: A Crash Course covers five essential topics: hybrid organizations, earned revenue, impact capital, impact measurement and human-centered design.
You can work at your own pace through more than an hour of video content and slides.

2. Social Media for Social Change

Platform: Udemy
Price: $19
Whether or not your social enterprise idea deals directly with social media, maintaining an online presence is imperative for any business worth its salt. This course addresses key social media strategies for social change, and covers examples of successful campaigns.
The MOOC was designed specifically as a skills-building tool for social entrepreneurs "to address old issues with new tactics for increased results."

3. Programming for Entrepreneurs

Platform: Udemy
Price: Free
Basic coding is a skill everyone needs to have — even schools across the world are adopting it into their curricula. Whether you're looking to build a simple website for your social enterprise or you just want a better understanding of development as it pertains to business, this is the MOOC for you.
Programming for Entrepreneurs teaches rudimentary HTML and CSS programming languages and development concepts, so you can walk away with tangible, interactive prototypes of your business idea. There are 28 lectures, with more than two hours of content.

4. How to Change the World

Platform: Coursera
Price: Free
This MOOC focuses on creative ideas from well-known entrepreneurs, writers, academics and political leaders to discuss how innovation and technology can address the world's most pressing issues. Despite the audacious title, the class hones in on specific units: Poverty and Philanthropy; Climate Change and Sustainability; Women, Education and Social Change; and Social Networks, Education and Activism.
As of this writing, the class is in the middle of its current course of study (until Dec. 29), but you can join the watchlist to see when the next session will take place.
Disclosure: How to Change the World was developed between Wesleyan University and the 92Y, in conjunction with Mashable's Social Good Summit in 2013.

5. How to Build a Startup

Platform: Udacity
Price: Free
Silicon Valley entrepreneur Steve Blank, who also teaches at Stanford, UC Berkeley and Columbia, instructs this course on the key steps needed to build a startup. The focus of the MOOC is the needs of the customer — the product, how to deliver it and how to engage your target audience.
While there may not be a specific "customer" for your social enterprise, How to Build a Startup will teach you how to identify key resources, partners, distribution channels and overall costs.
As of this writing, the class is in the middle of its current course of study (until Dec. 29), but you can join the watchlist to see when the next session will take place.

6. Social Entrepreneurship

Platform: Coursera
Price: Free (Open Track)
This MOOC comes to you courtesy of the Social Impact initiative at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business. Think of it as the next step after the socent crash course listed above. Wharton's course takes a deeper dive into solution design, concept testing, performance measurement, building for scale and more.
You can choose the free "Open Track," in which assignments are based on real-world examples of social enterprises, or the "Signature Track," in which assignments will relate to the specific social enterprise you'd like to pursue.
As of this writing, the class isn't in session, but you can join the watchlist to see when it starts up again.

7. Foundations of Business Strategy

Platform: Coursera
Price: Free
Strategy is important for any entrepreneur, whether you're creating a nonprofit or for-profit company. The University of Virginia's Foundations of Business Strategy teaches strategic analysis, the impact of competitive markets and how to create value through cases discussions of specific businesses.
The final project has each student select one organization through online forums, using the skills the course has taught him and her to provide a competitive analysis.
The course just wrapped up its most recent session on Nov. 23, but you can join the watchlist to see when the next session takes place.