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Department of Architecture


Ken Yeang (Executive Director at T.R. Hamzah and Yeang Sdn Bhd)


Green design must avoid a singularly technocentric design approach that focusses primarily on engineering, such as near net zero energy, net zero carbon, net zero water, net zero waste, or on green accreditation systems (such as LEED, etc.). Designing must be concurrently technocratic and ecocentric where design is based on the science of ecology. The rational is that the Planet’s ecology is the final environmental baseline upon which all humanity’s activities take place, where their negative impacts affect the Planet’s health. The ecocentric approach redefines designing the built environment as Applied Ecology. In designing and constructing a resilient and sustainable future for humanity and for all living species and their environments, the humanmade world must be repurposed, remade and recovered to become a synergistic part of Nature, and be designed through ecomimicry to emulate, replicate and augment the attributes of ecological systems, as constructed ecosystems. Design principles to achieve this are presented and illustrated by built and designed experimental prototypes.

Speaker’s bio

Ken Yeang is the Executive Director at T.R. Hamzah and Yeang Sdn Bhd. He is both an architect and ecologist, known for his authentic innovative ecology-based signature eco-architecture and masterplans that have a distinctive verdant green aesthetic, that are beyond conventional accreditation. He trained at the Architectural Association School (UK). His doctorate is from Cambridge University on ecological architecture and planning. He has authored over 12 books on green architecture. Awards received include the Aga Khan Award, Malaysian Institute of Architects Gold Medal, Malaysian Government’s Merdeka Award. He holds the Plym Distinguished Professorship (Illinois University). The Guardian newspaper names him as, “ of the 50 people who could save the planet..”


Wednesday, 2 June, 2021 - 15:00 to 16:00
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