Petaling Jaya: The Latest Architecture and News
The 8th series of the ‘International Conference on World Class Sustainable Cities’ (WCSC) event is themed ‘City Spaces, Public Places’ with the objectives of addressing and focusing on the benefits of greater accessibility and better public spaces that will enhance social, economic and environmental elements of the city and its livability. Urban public spaces – sidewalks, parks, squares, traditional markets, and small plazas — and how people use them – humanize cities.
Marking both an ending, and a beginning, the Menara Mesiniaga (Mesiniaga Tower) in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia (just outside of Kuala Lumpur), is the culmination of Ken Yeang’s years of research into passive strategies for tall buildings, and it marks the first in a line of buildings (what he calls his ‘Series 2’ towers) that fully realize Yeang’s bioclimatic design principles. The embodiment of his tenacious goal to bring passive design to the hot humid climate of Southeast Asia, the principles on display at Menara Mesiniaga have influenced subsequent skyscraper designs across the globe.