Constructed Ecosystems: Ideas and Subsystems in the Work of Ken Yeang

Constructed Ecosystems: Ideas and Subsystems in the Work of Ken Yeang

Presented here are some of the devices used by Ken Yeang in his endeavors to take his theoretical work on ecoarchitecture into the real world of building. The fundamental underlying premise is that ecoarchitecture, if it is to fully embrace the natural world, must be designed to be ‘living constructed ecosystems’ and not inert denatured structures.

Yeang holds that green design today is still very much in its adolescence, requiring significant developmental work, particularly in architectural biointegration and aesthetic development. Shown and explained here are the various invented devices that Yeang has adopted to technically advance his ideas from the abstract theoretical level, through concept architectural design to the level of microdevices and building sub-systems to achieve a better biointegration of our human built environment with nature.

About the author

Ken Yeang is an architect and ecologist, best known for his signature eco-architecture and eco-masterplans, that have a distinctive verdant hirsute aesthetic. He trained at the AA School (UK) and received a doctorate from Cambridge University. He is principal of Hamzah & Yeang with offices in Malaysia, the UK and China, delivering innovative ecological architecture and masterplans that go beyond conventional accreditation systems. He is the Distinguished Plym Professor at Illinois University and associate professor at several universities worldwide. He has authored several books on green architecture and received numerous awards for his eco-architecture including the Aga Khan Award, Prince Claus Award, Malaysian Institute of Architects Gold Medal, Malaysia’s Merdeka Award. TheGuardian names him as, ‘ of the 50 people who could save the planet..’

Dr. Shireen Jahn Kassim is both an academic and a practicing specialist. She completed her doctorate at the University of Brighton. She is a senior Academician at the Faculty of Architecture and Environmental Design, International Islamic University Malaysia where she teaches and supervises PhD and Masters students on building technology, sustainable building, and energy-conscious design. An authority on computational simulations and green building standards, she has led companies and agencies to achieve their sustainability and low carbon emission targets. She is currently the lead advisor in coordinating the steering committees of the Malaysian Government’s Construction Industry Development Board CIDB) and Public Works Department (JKR) to develop and launch an integrated carbon-based sustainable building rating assessment system for Malaysia. She sits on the editorial and peer review board of Elsevier’s International Journal of the Sustainable Built Environment and is on the Scientific Committee for the International CONVR Conferences. She regularly advises and analyses Ken Yeang’s work on its analysis and simulations, and monitors data from post-occupancy studies as strategic input into his bioclimatic and ecological design work.

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    Constructed Ecosystems: Ideas and Subsystems in the Work of Ken Yeang
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    Ken Yeang, Shireen Jahnkassim
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    Applied Research & Design
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Constructed Ecosystems: Ideas and Subsystems in the Work of Ken Yeang

Cite: "Constructed Ecosystems: Ideas and Subsystems in the Work of Ken Yeang" 29 Sep 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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