Groundscrapers + subscrapers of Hamzah & Yeang

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Wiley-Academy, 2001 - Architecture - 259 pages
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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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About the author (2001)

IVOR RICHARDS is a Cambridge architect. In practice since 1966, his collaborative works with Sir Leslie Martin, which began in 1969, include a range of major Auditoria projects in the UK, between 1978 and 1991. Their most important collaborative building is the Centro de Arte Moderna, for the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon Portugal, which was awarded the RIBA Trustees Medal in 1991-92.

Ivor Richards' current practice, based in Cambridge and Newcastle, includes projects for the Cambridge Ecumenical Church, for shared use by both Protestants and Catholics, and a series of distinguished Courtyard Houses. A project of ten Courtyard Houses formed an Academic Village for Stowe School, in a grade 1 listed landscape, at Buckingham.

Recent commissions include an important Orientation Centre for Hadrianıs Wall, including both Roman and Landscape history.

Ivor Richards was Professor of Architectural Design at the University of Wales in Cardiff from 1986-1994, and is currently Professor of Architecture at the University of Newcastle. Richards has also held visiting chairs in several American Schools of Architecture.

Richards has written extensively on a number of leading architects in the global community, including a series of critiques on the work of Dr Kenneth Yeang from Kuala Lumpur.

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