What is it about?

Three residential colleges in a university campus of Kuala Lumpur and built in different decades were selected for landscape studies with respect to species and position of trees, as well as the effects of the current landscapes in reducing solar radiations on buildings. landscape designs were carefully studied through on-site observation. The name and location of the matured plants were redrawn and visualised with photographs.

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This study revealed that the old residential college landscape is dominated by tropical forest trees, which are able to provide significant shade to the buildings and offered a potential to achieve sustainable development due to a higher rate of carbon sequestration.


Residential college, Landscape design, Sustainable development, Tropical

Associate Professor Dr Hazreena Hussein
University of Malaya

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This page is a summary of: Landscape and Sustainability: Three Residential College Buildings in the Tropics, Open House International, March 2014, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/ohi-01-2014-b0010.
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