Constructed Ecosystems

Ideas and Subsystems in the Work of Ken Yeang

Ken Yeang



8.5" x 10" (Portrait)
Limp bound
Publication date: 
Spring 2016
Rights world: 


Constructed Ecosystems takes a closer look at the devices used by Ken Yeang in his endeavors to take his theoretical work on ecoarchitecture into the real world of building. The fundamental, underlying premise is that if ecoarchitecture projects are to fully embrace the natural world they must be designed to be “living constructed ecosystems” and not inert denatured structures. Yeang holds that green design today is still very much in its adolescence, requiring significant developmental work, particularly in architectural biointegration and aesthetic development. By looking at the various invented devices that Yeang has adopted to technically advance abstract and theoretical ecoarchitecture through the use of concept architectural design, micro-devices, and building sub-systems, Constructed Ecosystems seeks to achieve a better biointegration of human built environment with nature.


About the author: 


Ken Yeang is an architect and ecologist, best known for his signature ecoachitecture and ecomasterplans that have a distinctive verdant hirsute aesthetic. He trained at the AA School (UK) and received a doctorate from Cambridge University. He is principal of Hamzah & Yeang with offices in Malaysia, the UK, and China. He is the Distinguished Plym Professor at Illinois University and associate professor at several universities worldwide. He has authored several books on green architecture and received numerous awards for his ecoarchitecture including the Aga Khan Award, Prince Claus Award, Malaysian Institute of Architects Gold Medal, and Malaysia’s Merdeka Award. He has been named by The Guardian as ‘one of the 50 people who could save the planet.’