Designing green buildings starts with ecology, says Malaysian architect Ken Yeang

The Calvary Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur is a low-energy design by T.R. Hamzah and Yeang. Photos:

As an advanced species, humans make and build the most things in the world, but we are also the ones who contaminate Earth the most, says renowned eco-architect Datuk Dr Ken Yeang.

“We continue to throw things away, but there is no ‘away’. The ‘away’ is the biosphere itself, because the Earth is a closed system. So when we continue to make things, continue to generate emissions, throw plastics, we contaminate the world we live in, causing environmental degradation,” said Yeang during his online talk entitled “Designing For A Resilient Planet”.

Get 30% off with our ads free Premium Plan

Monthly Plan


Annual Plan


Billed as RM103.60/year

1 month

Free Trial

For new subscribers only

Cancel anytime. No ads. Auto-renewal. Unlimited access to the web and app. Personalised features. Members rewards.
Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!

Next In Living

Batteries in electric cars: Does it makes sense to rent or swap them?
How mauve and black are back in style, with a twist
What's in a leap year? Eternal youth, wedding bells and tech bugs
Why this US soccer program is a hit with children with disabilities
How Paris' grittiest suburb awaits Olympics dividend
Dating: When’s the best time to make a move?
The true cost of food would be very different if environment costs were reflected
7 tips on how to keep indoor plants healthy
Ask the Plant Doctor! How to apply fertiliser in rainy weather
Future tripping: Halting your 'what-if' worry wheels

Others Also Read