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This ground-breaking book presents the state-of-the-art approach to masterplanning that is based on environmental principles and provides the basis for the design of masterplans for ecodistricts and ecocities that take into consideration: ecology, sustainable utilities engineering, water management and hydrology, and our human communities and their regulatory systems. Central to the approach is the provision of greenways or ecoinfrastructure as nature's untilties in all the schemes. The ecomasterplanning approach presented here is the culmination of a series of masterplan designs that reflect an experimental developmental process, whereby the design of each builds from the lessons learnt from a previous one. Profusely illustrated, the masterplans in this book, also allude to the author's relentless pursuit of an ecological aesthetic. In Ecomasterplanning, Yeang advocates the systemic biointegration of four infrastructures - the grey as the armature for eco-engineering systems; the blue as the water metabolism of the site and its overall water management; the red being our human spaces, hardscapes and regulatory systems; and the green being 'nature's utilities' - to form a vital ecological infrastructure that is also crucially connected to the ecological systems in the site's hinterland. This 'ecoinfrastructure', as a network of green linking corridors and spaces within a masterplan, not only preserves the natural environment but actively encourages it to thrive. It enables the repairing of ecosystems fragmentation and the creation of a larger habitat for the sharing of resources. This is beneficial not only to many species of flora and fauna, but also to our human communities, tempering the negative impacts of carbon dioxide emissions, noise and air pollution, flooding and urban heat-island effect. Without this ecoinfrastructural nexus within the built environment, any ecocity design that lays claim to being ecological is therefore incomplete - such schemes remain nothing more than clever eco-engineering systems, greened with scattered patches of landscape and roof gardens.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470697290
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/2/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ken Yeang is an architect-planner, and one of the foremost ecodesigners, theoreticians and thinkers in the field of green design. Yeang is the author of several books on ecological design, including The Skyscraper, Bioclimatically Considered: A Design Primer (1996) and Ecodesign: A Manual for Ecological Design (2006), both published by Wiley-Academy. A principal of Llewelyn Davies Yeang (UK) and its sister firm, Hamzah & Yeang (Malaysia), Yeang is well known for designing deep green masterplans and high-performance buildings that go beyond the usual platinum green ratings, made unique by his signature and developing ecological aesthetic. He received his doctorate from Cambridge University, and is the distinguished Plym Professor at the University of Illinois (Champaign, Urbana) and Adjunct Professor at the Universities of Malaya, Hawaii (at Manoa) and Tongji (Shanghai). He is an Honorary FAIA and has served on the RIBA Council.

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Table of Contents

1 Foreword by Steve Featherstone.

2 Introduction: Ecomasterplanning and Ecocities.

3 SOMA, Rajarajesjawri Nagar, Bangalore, India.

4 Macau Waterfront, Macau, China.

5 West Kowloon Waterfront, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, China.

6 Huanan New City, Guangzhou, China.

7 University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

8 Rotterdam Waterfront Ecocity, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

9 Business Advancement Technology Centre, Düsseldorf,Germany.

10 Beijing World Science and Trade Centre, Chaoyang District,Beijing, China.

11 Green Square Town Centre, Sydney, Australia.

12 Paramatta Road, Sydney, Australia.

13 Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Monastery, Kota Kinabalu,Malaysia.

14 Al-Shamiyah, Mekkah, Saudi Arabia.

15 University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Semenyih, Selangor,Malaysia.

16 Jabal Omar Towers, Mekkah, Saudi Arabia.

17 Al Ghorfa, Kuwait City, Kuwait.

18 Vancouver Waterfront, Vancouver, British Columbia,Canada.

19 Premier City, Almaty, Kazakhstan.

20 Dubai Waterfront, Jebel Ali, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

21 Brunsfield, Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia.

22 Sydney Waterfront, Sydney Australia.

23 Conclusion: The Ecomasterplanning Imperative by RobertPowell.

24 Acknowledgement.

25 Index.

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