Ecocity World Summit Speakers Series, Part XIV

November 26, 2009

yeang_kenDr. Ken Yeang is the world’s leading architect in ecological and passive low energy design. He has delivered over 200 built projects and his ‘bioclimatic’ towers have had an impact around the world, fusing high-tech and organic principles. Born in Penang, Malaysia in 1948, Yeang was educated there, as well as in the U.S. and the UK, receiving his doctorate in Architecture from Cambridge University, and attending graduate courses at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard. His expertise in the field of green design originated from his early doctoral dissertation from Cambridge University (1971-1974) followed by his ongoing R&D work, which has since led to the publication of a number of his treatises on the topic of ecological design and planning, bioclimatic design and high-rise design. He is best known as the inventor of the Bioclimatic skyscraper (as a genre of low-energy skyscrapers based on bioclimatic design principles), and for his novel ideas on designing the high-rise building type as vertical urban design. Llewelyn Davies Yeang:


Ken Yeang on Green Building

June 9, 2008

Ken Yeang speaks about the importance of designing buildings to imitate nature (no waste, renewable energy sources) and emphasizes that making the world green is an ethical issue.

Ken Yeang on Day 3

May 1, 2008

Ken Yeang, eco-architect, Malaysia, England

Ken Yeang is director of Llewelyn Davies Yeang, a multidisciplinary firm of Urban designers, Architects and Landscape Architects. Yeang is known for pioneering the passive low-energy design of skyscrapers, what he has called “bioclimatic” design. Yeang’s 1992 Menara Mesiniaga building in Subang Jaya Selangor, Malaysia outlines his bioclimatic techniques, including daring vertical landscaping, external louvers to reduce solar heat gain, extensive natural ventilation and lighting, and an active Intelligent Building system for automated energy savings. His concentration on energy conservation and environmental impact is a radical departure from mainstream architecture’s view of the profession as more strictly an art form.

Ken Yeang:

Featured Presenter: Ken Yeang

February 18, 2008

From our friends at Landscape+Urbanism:

Ken Yeang: Veg.itect

Defining the concept of Vegetated Architecture led me to identify some of the key players in the field. Rather than continue the segregation of disciplines, Veg.itecture spans disciplines, further blurring the lines of established practice regimes. This does not demark territories where only the few architect/LA dual practicioners are allowed to have this mantle, but rather it is indicative of a unique approach – one where building and landscape are not discernable as individual elements.Ken Yeang epitomizes the concept, perhaps stronger than any current architect. His concepts of bioclimatic high-rise design has been a signature of his designs – maxing aesthetic and technical principles.

These include the following strategies (from “Bioclimatic skyscrapers are skyscrapers that use environmentally and climatically sensitive forms and means of construction. The points Yeang considers vital to bioclimatic skyscraper design are:

:: variability in facade and building performance in response to climate and location
:: alignment of building along the solar path
:: flexibility to adjust to different climatic needs throughout the year
:: use of entirely passive means of lighting and ventilation whenever possible
:: material selection based on ecologically sound principles”

This is a similar conceptual framework to a recent post on Defining Veg.itecture, which maybe is why Yeang get’s the top slot for Veg.itects.

Some of Ken’s projects of note (and keep an eye on the forms of vegetated facades).

:: Elephant and Castle Eco Towers London – image via MoMa

:: Editt Tower Malaysia – image via Index

:: Chongqing Tower, China – image via Jetson Green

:: Human Research Institute, Hong Kong – image via Jetson Green

:: Macau Master Plan – image via Jetson Green

:: BIDV Tower, Vietnam – image via Jetson Green

Relatedly, Yeang will be speaking in the Ecocity World Summit on April 22-26 in San Francisco, alongside pretty much anyone you can imagine, call it the Monsters of Ecocities Tour. My guess the Veg.itects will be out in force at this event – and most definitely more to come from Ken Yeang.