28 Feb '12, 7am

Bringing natural life into buildings

Bringing natural life into buildings

The [email protected] public housing project with green roofs and extensive landscaping aims to restore some of the area's natural biodiversity. Image: HDB.gov.sg If eco-architect Dr Ken Yeang has his way, cities would please even the most ardent nature enthusiasts. Dr Yeang, who has been in the field for over four decades, wants to see more biodiversity integrated into buildings, where an ecosystem of plants, animals and their physical environment can mingle together. “In buildings, the only thing that is biological and organic is you, me and the bugs,” said the architect from Hamzah & Yeang, an architectural firm based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. “Many buildings have been ‘de-natured’. Human beings have simplified and fragmented nature,” he added. During a lecture at the 3rd Annual Green Building Asia conference hosted by events organiser IBC Asia at the Sheraton Hotel in...

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