Groundscrapers + subscrapers of Hamzah & Yeang
Grounscrapers and subscrapers are the antithesis here of the environmentally-responsive Skyscrapers that are designed by Ken Yeang. These are the eco-medium-rise buildings, the roof-vegetated underground buildings and the landscape-driven masterplans produced by his firm Hamzah & Yeang.
These building typologies have a different set of ecological design consequences on the natural man-made environment, not due to their intensity and sheer height as in the case of the skyscrapers, but arising from their extensive foot-prints and ground coverage.
Through the many projects pro9fusely and densely illustrated here, Yeang demonstrates his innovative ideas towards handling the ecological design of such buildings and, in particular, expounds and further develops his ideas for creating new 'landscape bridges' for linking ecologically-disparate vegetated land. He shows how the concept through its improved eco-system connectivity can helf further species migration, interaction and enhance biodiversity for the locality
The many schemes and designs also explore his ideas for the retention and the creation of new 'ecological corridors' in the planning schemes, and in some examples show how these can integrate with the high-rise built forms. This book authored by Ivor Richards, provides a valuable source of ideas and reference for architects, town planners, urban designers and those involved in master planning and environmental planning work, seeking to design ecologically-responsive low-rise and medium-rise buildings. This book is a valuable companion to the other books on Ken Yeang's ex-high-rise buildings.
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