Competition: five copies of EcoMasterplanning to be won

Dezeen are giving readers the chance to win five signed copies of EcoMasterplanning, a new book by architect and urban planner Ken Yeang, published by John Wiley & Sons.


The book outlines approaches to planning based on environmental principles including ecology, sustainable utilities engineering, water management and human communities.


EcoMasterplanning includes over 30 plans produced by Yeang’s UK-based practice Llewelyn Davies Yeang and its sister company T.R. Hamzah & Yeang in Malaysia.


The plans were designed for sites from around the world including Amsterdam, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Macau, Mumbai, Singapore and Vancouver.


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Architect and ecodesigner, Ken Yeang offers insight into his state-of-the-art approach to masterplanning based on environmental principles in his new book Ecomasterplanning. Looking at the basis for the design of masterplans for ecodistricts and ecocities, Ken Yeang outlines key design considerations including ecology, sustainable utilities engineering, water management and our human communities and their regulatory systems.


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 as our human spaces, hardscapes and regulatory systems
  • The green as ‘nature’s utilities’ – to form a vital ecological infrastructure that is also crucially connected to the ecological systems in the site’s hinterland.

Yeang argues that 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 ecosystem fragmentation and the creation of a larger habitat for the sharing of resources.


Without this visible green aspect that works to offset CO2 emissions, Yeang claims masterplanning remains nothing more than clever eco-engineering, greened with scattered patches of landscape and roof gardens, rather than the “ecoinfrastructure” he himself advocates.

A series of ecomasterplan case studies are represented in the book offering a comprehensive overview of Yeang’s experience in this area. The sequence of these case studies reflects an experimental development process, whereby the design of each builds on lessons learnt from previous studies. The publication is richly illustrated offering examples from both UK-based practice Llewelyn Davies Yeang (LDY) as well as its sister company T.R. Hamzah & Yeang (Malaysia).

Ecomasterplanning underpins Ken Yeang’s dedication to sustainable design and his signature ‘deep green’ approach to his work.

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
ISBN: 978-0-470-74853-4
First Edition: 2009

About Ken Yeang

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.

The Design Director of Llewelyn Davies Yeang (UK) and its sister firm, T.R. 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.

Ken 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 Tong ji (Shanghai).

Ken has received numerous awards for his work and designs, including the Aga Khan award for architecture, RAIA international award, Prinz Claus award and UIA August Perret award. He is an honorary fellow of the American Institute of Architects, past chairman of ARCASIA and has served on the Royal Institute of Architects Council. He is the distinguished Plym professor at the University of Illinois and adjunct professors at the University of Hawaii and University of Malaya.

Recently construction began on Ken Yeang’s design for the new medical centre for Great Ormond Street Hospital, which is on track to become the UK’s greenest hospital building to date. The development is estimated to offset in excess of 20,000 tonnes of CO2 annually, the equivalent to the typical yearly carbon footprint of around 2,000 people living in the UK.

Congratulations to the winners! Marianna Karapetyan in Russia, Miguel Batista in Portugal, Rubén Pérez Bautista in Spain, and Billy Chu and Barry Stirland in the UK all won copies of EcoMasterplanning by Ken Yeang.


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