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The work of Ken Yeang, one of the pioneers and true visionaries of sustainable architecture is focused on the disciplines of ecology with architecture. Its unique curvature was designed to let in daylight from the east in the morning, while deflecting heat and light in the mid-day and early evening sun.
Are there any particular influences in your early career? That was my first experience of construction and architecture. When it was near the time to go to university, my father wanted me to become a doctor but I did not want to be a doctor so I agreed with my parents that I will be an architect. How did these change the way you work and your later design philosophy? The costs were a huge problem for us.
Then we found that it speeded up the drawing delivery process. Of course we did not stop there. Our systems are now BIM. The way we worked also changed considerably since when we started. When we started the office in and I would go to meet the clients after one to two hour flight, then after spending half an hour meeting the client, and plus the waiting time, I would fly back, whereupon my day was gone. In came the fax machine. I could fax the client and speak on the phone to talk about the design and any changes.
And so I did not have to spend a day going to meet the client. The work climate has changed. We had to keep ahead of the times. I began designing this project in For this residential estate, we did a standard design for a standard lot, but then we had one house lot that the standard design could not fit, so I told the client I will buy this lot from him.
The client also had a shortage of cash for the project, and we bought this office building from him. By I had designed the house and at the end of the design stage we put in the second roof in the design. The house was completed in Ken Yeang was ahead of his time.. What role does poetry of architecture play in your work? Could you please tell me more about the immaterial part of architecture and how you handle light and space in your buildings? It has large windows at the ground floor on the north, south, east and some on the west facades, and when I wake up in the morning I get a bright magical space.
The glass wall facing the swimming pool lets in the sun reflected from the swimming pool and I see the water moving on the ceiling, which is a nice and pleasurable feeling. Natural cross ventilation of wind is important, and here I can adjust the wind-flow across the interiors by adjusting the external wall openings, depending on where the wind is coming from.
But let me tell you a little about I feel about the poetry of architecture. The architecture must make people happy. If for example, you do a house for a family, you can actually positively transform their lives.
You can make them immensely happy. Similarly with an office design, you can make its users incredibly happy working within it. Productivity has to do with money, but happiness is what architecture is about.
What are the things we can put in? What do they want? We cannot run away from it. In the last two hundred years since the industrial revolution, we forgot about it.
We denied nature. And suddenly we realise that climate change is affecting the planet. There are raising sea levels, the air is being contaminated, with climate change we find places that where hot became cold.
We have to design for the future of the planet. Actually it may be a bit too late and it will become worse if we do not take imminent action. We have maybe years left to repair what we have destroyed. In other words, design has three dimensions: past, present and future. Maybe years ago we designed preventively for the future, we designed in such a way so as not to affect the future environment. But now with so much damage having been inflicted on the planet, we have to design to also to repair the past, and not to affect the future.
The problem with a lot of architects is that they came into sustainable design a bit late in their architectural life, and so many do not have an adequate background in ecology. If you have a background in ecology you realise that designing ecologically is complex and there are lots of factors to address. To me it is important to biointegrate our built environment ecologically with natural environment, and this is not simple.
They do not realise that there is much more than just accreditation. To me there are three ways to design ecologically: nature-centric, techno-centric and antropo-centric.
Anthropo-centric means you give importance to people, people have precedence over nature. Techno-centric means you give importance to technology, which for example is what most accreditation systems are about. Nature-centric is when you give priority to nature and to me nature-centric design is the starting point, and not the techno-centric nor the anthropo-centric. So the next thing to me in green design is ecology, how to create our built environment and our production systems to be ecologically effective and to do no harm to nature.
Is that approch still valid? It should be performance-based instead of prescriptive-based. Prescriptive means that you set a standard. Performance means you set an end-goal. To be good in anything there is no limit, and we need to seek to advance from good to great. Performance has no limit and that is our main objective. They are pushing harder for their contractors and architects to include it?
In your office you propose the clients a green approach or do they come to you because they know you are doing this? Thirdly, it must be topical — it should address current issues. Forthly, it must be credible — people must believe you can do it. And finally, it must be motivating — you must make people extremely excited about your work and want hire you as an architect right away. If you are able to achieve these five things — uniqueness, relevance, topicality, credibility and be motivating- you have got the commission.
And so what do awards do? Awards make you credible. It means somebody somewhere says you do great work, and that you deserve to be awarded. First one is that being an architect is a cash-driven business. That means to get your fees, you have to do the work first, and only then will the client pay you, but unfortunately not always straight away.
The faster you do the work, the faster you get paid, and that affects the quality of design because of the time given to designing. When the project delivery takes a longer time, it will be longer for you to get paid. Second stressful thing about the business of architecture is that it is usually delivery intensely — you have to deliver certain things by a certain date and time.
Now if for example you have several projects in progress in your office and you have to deliver something for each one, whether a drawing, a document, a phone call etc. Third is that it is a people business. You deal with people everytime and you have to be careful at the relationship with the others.
You have to be nice with the clients, the employes, the authorities and everyone you interact with. I want to be remembered for…ever. Where the architecture community comes together to share ideas and inspiration, learn and celebrate excellence in architecture.
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The work of Ken Yeang, one of the pioneers and true visionaries of sustainable architecture is focused on the disciplines of ecology with architecture. Its unique curvature was designed to let in daylight from the east in the morning, while deflecting heat and light in the mid-day and early evening sun. Are there any particular influences in your early career? That was my first experience of construction and architecture. When it was near the time to go to university, my father wanted me to become a doctor but I did not want to be a doctor so I agreed with my parents that I will be an architect. How did these change the way you work and your later design philosophy? The costs were a huge problem for us.
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Ken Yeang 6 October is an architect, ecologist, planner and author from Malaysia, best known for his ecological architecture and ecomasterplans that have a distinctive green aesthetic. He pioneered an ecology-based architecture since , working on the theory and practice of sustainable design. The Guardian newspaper named him "one of the 50 people who could save the planet". His honorary degrees include D. University of Malaya , , D.
Cited by the The Guardian as one of the 50 people who could save the planet, Ken Yeang is viewed as a theorist, practitioner, architect, and most importantly in his opinion an ecologist. For Yeang, buildings need to be simple, flexible, able to be assembled and disassembled recyclable , and integrate seamlesslesly with the natural environment — the building should always be influenced by the site specifics of ecology, physical landscape and climate. Yeang as a campaigner for effective green design understands the complexities of sustainability. In his own words he states ; We would be mistaken to see green design as simply about eco-engineering. These engineering systems are indeed important part of green design and its technologies are rapidly developing and advancing towards a green built environment and architecture but these are not exclusively the only considerations in green design. These are certainly useful checklists but they are not comprehensive.