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Ecodesign: A Manual for Ecological Design [Hardcover]

Ken Yeang
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15 April 2005
Saving the environment from continued devastation by our built environment is the single most important issue for our tomorrow, feeding into our post–millennial fears that this third millennium will indeed be our last.

Ken Yeang reconstructs and revisions how and why our current design approach and perception of architecture must radically change if we are to ensure a sustainable future. He argues forcefully that this can only be achieved by adopting the environmentalist’s view that, aesthetics apart, regards our environment simply as an assembly of materials (mostly transported over long distances), that are transciently concentrated on to a single locality and used for living, working and leisure whose footprints affect that locality’s ecology and whose eventual disposal has to be accommodated somewhere in the biosphere.

This manual offers clear instructions to designers on how to design, build and use a green sustainable architecture. The aim is to produce and maintain ecosystem–like structures and systems whose content and outputs not only integrate benignly with the natural environment, but whose built form and systems function with sensitivity to the locality’s ecology as well in relation to global biospheric processes, and contribute positively to biodiversity (as opposed to reducing it). The goal is structures and systems that are low consumers of non–renewable resources, built with materials that have low ecological consequences and are designed to facilitate disassembly, continuous reuse and recycling a (a cyclic process that mimics the way ecosystems recycle materials), and that at the end of their useful lives can be reintegrated seamlessly back into the natural environment. Each of these aspects (and other attendant ones) is examined in detail with regards to how they influence design and planning.

Ecodesign provides designers with a comprehensive set of strategies for approaching ecological design and planning combined with in–depth analysis and research material not found elsewhere.


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  • Hardcover: 500 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (15 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470852917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470852910
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 26.8 x 3.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,897,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Probably no individual is more important in the development of ecodesign′s theory and practice than the London and Kuala–Lumpur–based architect Ken Yeang. Ecodesign is of great value as a manual for use in the design studio of both the practitioner and the student." (Architectural Record; 1/08)

"…incredibly useful for more persistent academics and all those people who seriously want to incorporate green ideas into ... working practices." (iDFX, September 2006)

"…a resource both theoretical and practical…" (Architectural Technology, October 2006)

"… lots of good information.... The chapter on building form is arguably the best and most in–depth and reflects Yeang’s passion…" (Building Design, October 2006)

 "…would provide a useful reference resource for ... designers of contemporary buildings and products ... in the initial concept stages of design…" (Architecture Today, November 2006)

"... provides everyone with a guiding framework for changing society’s present profligate, high–energy, environmentally destructive economy into ... sustainable and eco–based."(Environment UK, November 2006)

"A highly informative and comprehensive manual on ecological design…" (Buildiing Engineer, December 2006)

"a comprehensive design primer for students…" (The Architectural Review, March 07)

"…incredibly useful for more persistent academics and all those people who seriously want to incorporate green ideas into ... working practices." (iDFX, September 2006)

"…a resource both theoretical and practical…" (Architectural Technology, October 2006)

"… lots of good information.... The chapter on building form is arguably the best and most in–depth and reflects Yeang’s passion…" (Building Design, October 2006)

 "…would provide a useful reference resource for ... designers of contemporary buildings and products ... in the initial concept stages of design…" (Architecture Today, November 2006)

"... provides everyone with a guiding framework for changing society’s present profligate, high–energy, environmentally destructive economy into ... sustainable and eco–based."(Environment UK, November 2006)

"A highly informative and comprehensive manual on ecological design…" (Buildiing Engineer, December 2006)

"a comprehensive design primer for students…" (The Architectural Review, March 07)

From the Back Cover

Saving the environment from continued devastation by our built environment is the single most important issue for our tomorrow, feeding into our post–millennial fears that this third millennium will indeed be our last.

Ken Yeang reconstructs and revisions how and why our current design approach and perception of architecture must radically change if we are to ensure a sustainable future. He argues forcefully that this can only be achieved by adopting the environmentalist’s view that, aesthetics apart, regards our environment simply as an assembly of materials (mostly transported over long distances), that are transciently concentrated on to a single locality and used for living, working and leisure whose footprints affect that locality’s ecology and whose eventual disposal has to be accommodated somewhere in the biosphere.

The manual offers clear instructions to designers on how to design, build and use a green sustainable architecture. The aim is to produce and maintain ecosystem–like structures and systems whose content and outputs not only integrate benignly with the natural environment, but whose built form and systems function with sensitivity to the locality’s ecology as well in relation to global biospheric processes, and contribute positively to biodiversity (as opposed to reducing it). The goal is structures and systems that are low consumers of non–renewable resources, built with materials that have low ecological consequences and are designed to facilitate disassembly, continuous reuse and recycling a (a cyclic process that mimics the way ecosystems recycle materials), and that at the end of their useful lives can be reintegrated seamlessly back into the natural environment. Each of these aspects (and other attendant ones) is examined in detail with regards to how they influence design and planning.

The manual provides designers with a comprehensive set of Strategies for approaching ecological design and planning combined with in–depth analysis and research material not found elsewhere. The book is not intended solely for design professionals but should also be of considerable interest and use to all those whose work impinges in one way or an other on the natural environment.

The book consolidates and advances the theoretical and technical work of Ken Yeang in a text illustrated with over 300 diagrams, drawings and design examples.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Where are the drawings? 27 Jan 2008
By Rachel Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I love ken's "rethinking the skyscraper" There is so much description in the diagrams and drawings etc. This book is difficult because there is so much to read and not as many diagrams to explain the ideas. THe ideas are complex and i just wish there was more information to clarify.
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex & useful as well as a pleasant & readable book 21 May 2007
By Francisco J. Guerra - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
«Ecodesign, a manual for ecological design», is a complex & useful as well as a pleasant & readable book. The approach followed by Ken Yeang and the structure of the book makes it useful for those interested in sustainability as well as professional designers. Premises & strategies --some of them subject of debate-- are presented in a non-dogmatic fashion, allowing the reader to form its own opinion, thus contributing to build new knowledge on the subject. Chapter B, Design Instructions, the core of the book, is precisely a toolbox that guides the reader in a step by step set of directions that assist designers & planners to make the relevant decisions in the ecological design process, far beyond the concept of green buildings. The book has been very useful to us as socioeconomic & regional planners, allowing not also to determine the main guidelines for a regional strategic plan, but also to determine the specific criteria that should be applied in the specific design at the urban & building levels. The book is much more than a useful tool, it is a «landmark» in the field of sustainability, a much needed line of thought in the world of today, if we want to have a world tomorrow.
1.0 out of 5 stars Terribly designed book 18 Mar 2014
By Erin Silva - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
No one prints a book this thick with landscape orientation, blue ink and a difficult to read typeface out of some post-apocalyptic movie. I am stunned at such poor graphic design with poor and confusing images. I certainly wouldn't have students buy it.
Architect Erin R Silva
Adjunct Assistant Professor
School of Architecture
Dept. of City & Metropolitan Planning
College of Architecture + Planning
University of Utah
3.0 out of 5 stars Think about it 28 Nov 2013
By Ross Downing - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very, very, very, technical book. This volume was a must buy during architecture school and one that I should never have gotten. The book arrived in perfect condition, it is just a book that does not offer much value as a design student.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it 17 April 2013
By NAYARA ROSA GOMES - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is very good and I love it!
I liked this book because is complete and have important details about the ecodesign.
It's amazing.
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