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Ken Yeang

Malaysian architect and author. He qualified from the School of Architecture (London), where he did illustrations and graphic work for the AD, AAQ magazines and for the Architectural Association. He also received a PhD in ecological design thanks to his Cambridge dissertation “A Theoretical Framework for Incorporating Ecological Considerations in the Design and Planning of the Built Environment”.

Ken Yeang is considered the creator of the biomatic building and the sustainable bioclimatic construction,  which resulted in his book: The skyscraper. His work has been recognised by over 70 awards since 1989, such as: Aga Khan Award for Architecture (for the Menara Mesiniaga, an IBM franchise), Prince Claus Award (Netherlands, 1999), The UIA (International Union of Architects)…  Yeang  was also named by the Guardian Newspaper as “one of the 50 who could save the planet” due to his pursue of an eco-architecture, the integration of living fauna and flora to buildings.

Ken Yeang has completed over 12 bioclimatic eco high-rise buildings and several thousand dwellings like the National Library Singapore (Singapore,2005), Solaris (Singapore, 2010) and the Spire Edge Tower (India,2013). 

“Future cities should imitate ecosystems

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Yeang says that ecological architecture must look likea living system, where fauna and flora can interact with our buildings, instead of just following the ecological style. I strongly believe Yeang’s mentality is needed in today’s architecture. Furthermore, nowadays the ecological architecture is only focused on small or medium projects, but the population is increasing quickly. Ken Yeang ralized we skyscrapers are the future, therefore sustainable architecture should be based on them.


Reading and comprehension of a text and reflections- “Quiero ser arquitecto”

I thoroughly enjoyed the text, it made me realise I have a lot of common thoughts with Campo Baeza.  I agreed with very much every definition he gave for architect, but the one where he compares the profession to doctors, cookers and poets was very nice. Like the one where he compared us to God or our work to a dream.

It was interesting to see all the architect school in a list as I didn’t know how they were ranked, I am happy to know that my University is considered objectively good in forming architects. Baeza says the best University to study the degree is in Madrid, but I think this book was written in 2012 or so, maybe the ranking changed.

I am very thankful for all the advices he gives in the book, when I start the subject Projects I will know it needs lots of time  and I will be a little more prepared. Furthermore, the observations over the ende-of-degree project where quite helpful.

On the other side, I did not know an architect had to have so many skills, which makes me feel both scared and interested, because I do not know for sure if I can do those things, but surely I am willing to learn them. so from now on, I will try as much as I can to train my abilities and also to try to consume that part of culture he mentions, which I di not know it could be related to architecture.

Finally, it was reconforting to know that this degree has so many work exits, because right know it looks like the future won’t be extremely good for us, so having a little of hope is nice.

To conclude, this text taught me a lot and it was very helpful to model my idea of architecture.

Bibliography

https://www.arqhys.com/construcciones/arquitecto-ken-yeang.html

https://www.todostuslibros.com/autor/ken-yeang

https://www.bbva.com/es/es/las-ciudades-del-futuro-deberian-imitar-los-ecosistemas-ken-yeang/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Yeang

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