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: trhamzahyeang.com

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”.

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