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Featured Author - Ken Yeang, Dictionary of Ecodesign

Ken Yeang is an architect-planner and ecologist whose design and masterplanning work are at the cutting edge of green design. He is a principal of Llewelyn Davies Yeang (UK) and its sister company, Hamzah & Yeang (Malaysia). His latest book with co-author Lillian Woo, Dictionary of Ecodesign has just published. It is the first guide to the terminology of sustainable design. Written by an internationally renowned expert in the field, this illustrated dictionary provides over 1500 definitions and explanations of ecodesign terms.

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What is the most unusual definition in the book?


CLEFT: Cleavage of Lateral Epitaxial Films for Transfer


What is your most favorite word in this book and why?


Ecomimesis

Why? Ecomimesis is one of the key strategies for green design and is designing to imitate the properties, processes and structure of ecosystems.

If you had to choose an eco design or project in the world, what would you choose and why?


My latest project (the ‘G’ project) as it incorporates a vertical green ecoinfrastructure in the builtform with the creation of a variety of new habitats in it for the key species endemic to that locality together with the setting of biodiversity targets and identifying ways to achieve these targets over the life of the development

Who do you find most influential and why?


Biologists, ecologists, philosophers and scientists such as E.P. Odum (ecologist), C. H. Waddington (biologist), Alfred North Whitehead (philosopher on the ‘Philosophy of the Organism’), Ludvig von Bertallanfy (Scientist).

Tell us one unknown fact about yourself.


I tell everybody not to give me anything as presents that I cannot use (whether for Christmas, birthdays, etc.).

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  1. Dictionary of Ecodesign

    An Illustrated Reference

    By Ken Yeang, Lillian Woo

    The first guide to the terminology of sustainable design. Written by an internationally renowned expert in the field, this illustrated dictionary provides over 1500 definitions and explanations of ecodesign terms. Providing a unique resource for the practitioner and student, ...

    Published March 11th 2010 by Routledge