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News & Events infrastructure development, etc.,’ lamented Yeang. What we will be bequeathing to future generations is a world that is polluted with enormous constructed artefacts that are estranged from nature. “We have to build in harmony with nature, not simply to retard the present rate of environmental impairment, but to eliminate it entirely”, to bring nature back into the built environment. Ecoarchitecture is designing in such a way that the human-built environment or our design system “integrates benignly and seamlessly with the natural environment.” It is about designing human-made artefacts in the context of site characteristics (location), its ecological features and integrating at three levels, namely, physically, systemically and temporally: s Physical integration - of the location, its topography, ground water, hydrology, vegetation and the different species on the site. s Systemic integration - of human “processes”, i.e., use of water, energy, waste, sewers, etc., and nature, to ensure no pollution and no waste. s Temporal integration - of the rate of use of resources and replenishment thereof. To this end, Yeang advocates that the platform for green design or eco-designing is the integration of four basic components or ecoinfrastructures (colour-coded in parenthesis): s Eco-technology/Engineering (grey), “which we need (indispensable) to maintain our standard of living”, encompassing concerns and issues in energy system, clean technology, renewable energy, smart grid/IT network, transportation systems, waste management systems, carbon neutral, recycling; s Water Management (blue), “what life is all about”, i.e., rainwater harvesting, “closing the loop”, grey and black water re-use, acquifier recharge, sustainable drainage, constructed wetlands and wastewater treatment; s Nature’s Utilities (green), “what you cannot see but it’s there”, opportunities and options in resource conservation, ecological corridors, reconnecting nature, rehabilitation, habitat creation, biodiversity; s Human Behavioural patterns (red), “laws have to change because we cannot live the way we have been doing for the last 100 to 200 years”, with the focus on lifestyles, activities, economic systems, industries zero impact, regulations/legislations, mobility/ transport concepts, penalties/incentives, materials/enclosures, products/food. With any of the four components/infrastructures as a starting point, green design, the Yeang approach, when looking at a site, is to look at latitude, “where we are at” and its diversity, two factors to ICONS: MALAYSIAN ARCHITECTS GLOBAL ACCLAIM SPONSORS Platinum: CIDB Malaysia Pertubahan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) Azko Nobel (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, DML Products Sdn Bhd Beneton Properties Sdn Bhd C.I.S Network Sdn Bhd Feruni Ceramiche Sdn Bhd Sika Kimia Sdn Bhd Bronze: NS Bluescope Lysaght Malaysia Sdn Bhd Roca Malaysia Sdn Bhd Canon Marketing Sdn Bhd 28 Building & Investment | THIS PAGE: Dato’ Dr Ar Ken Yeang psoing with students and attendees after his presentation. OPPOSITE PAGE CLOCKWISE (from top right): Ar Sonny Chan of CSYA Pte Ltd, Ar Lim Take Bane, Principal of Arkitek Shilpa and Ar Chris Wong, Director of C’ arch; (From right to left) Dr Judin, Dr Yahaya Ahmad, Dean, Faculty of Built Environment, University of Malaya (UM), Ar Hijjas Kasturi of Hijjas Kasturi Associates Sdn Bhd and Professor Dr Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic & International), UM; (From right to left) Professor Dr Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud, Ar Tan Pei Ing and Dr Judin; Dato’ Dr Ar Ken Yeang give speech to audience. consider before start of design - different regions of the earth have different ecology, being more intense in tropics than higher or lower latitudes. For example, in a master plan project in India, next to a forest reserve, ‘the first thing we did was to create a spine between the development and the reserve and collect all the species to stretch across the site. Then we laid the other infrastructures, the red, the grey and the blue - “closing the loop” in water management where grey water and black water is recycled with construction of wetlands.’ Citing projects successfully undertaken at home (DiGi Technology Operations Centre) and abroad (Solaris Singapore and SOMA Masterplan India), Yeang illustrated examples of eco-structures, i.e.: s ECO BRIDGES TO LINK WHEREVERWHENEVER NATURE IS DISCONNECTED e.g., the green infrastructure ‘bifurcated by roads and highways – vegetating bridges so that the species can move from one disparate piece of land to the other and becomes one single habitat, integrating the four eco-infrastructures into the single whole. s VERTICAL URBANISM OR URBAN DESIGN OF hPARKS IN THE SKYv WITH ecologically-linked vegetated pedestrian walkways/ramps weaving up from ground level to sky gardens and winding do