Biodiversity by Design are a winner of the University of Malaya Masterplan with TRHY
Biodiversity by Design is part of a winning team for the Masterplan of the University of Malaya. In 2016 Ken Yeang, founding director of TRHY and one of the world's leading green architects, was the recipient of the Liang Sicheng Architecture Award. This the highest accolade awarded by the Architectural Society of China.
The University of Malaya intends to re-design its campus, moving it into the new technological era of the twenty-first century, and achieving its core vision and mission of becoming 'an internationally renowned institution of higher learning in research, innovation, publication'. The Institution's goal is to become a world class research university, making a significant contribution to Malaysia's new economic model and the coveted status of becoming a developed nation.
The University required that the new masterplan preserves its key biodiversity and landscape assets, in particular Rimba Ilmu Botanical Gardens.
Amongst the core objectives in the brief from the University was that the University of Malaya should become a technologically advanced and sustainable 'Eco-Campus' by:
o Conserving Rimba Ilmu's biodiversity, but also enhancing public access and visual presentation.
o Proposing rehabilitation strategies for existing water-ways.
o Developing a landscape master plan.
o Creating a walkable campus.
o Increasing campus carbon sequestration capacity.
o Integrating green technology into infrastructure, campus planning, and public amenities.
o Developing a campus-wide waste management strategy.
o Create opportunities for outdoor learning and recreation to enhance wellbeing of the campus community.
Biodiversity by Design's contributions to the bid included putting a strong emphasis on innovative ways of encouraging positive interactions with and learning about native biodiversity and strengthening of links to the wider green network.