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Ken Yeang: From East to West and Back As told to James Steele

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Ken Yeang: From East to West and Back As told to James Steele


by James Steele


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Ken Yeang virtually invented the concept of eco-architecture and believes that all designers should be literate in ecology.This book tells how he made this agenda his life’s work, beginning with his early interest in art and design in a British boarding school. He recalls how his training at the Architectural Association in London was a turning point, and how, “From my first day there, I knew that architecture was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.”

He was the first student at the AA to complete his 5th year portfolio exams at the first term of his 4th year and pass. A chance meeting with John Frazer, who with Alex Pike was a lecturer at Cambridge University, informed him that they were establishing a ‘Technical Research Division’ at the Department of Architecture to research, design and build the ‘autonomous house’, funded by a grant from the UK Government’s Science Research Council, and Ken obtained a position as a research student to work with this team there, it was then, while researching the idea of an eco-architecture,that he realized that he needed to totally rethink the current approach to architectural design and planning; essentially re-educating architects on how to approach design to allow it to include consideration of the natural environment .

He has gone on to do just that, and this second book in the “A Life in Architecture” series tells how.


ISBN: 9780986281815
Library of Congress Control Number: 2015914459

Format 26.70x24.00 cm, binding: casebound with jacket, 256 pages. Illustrations: 360 illustrations, 323 in colour, and black and white site plan, plans, sections and elevations.