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Landscape and sustainability: Three residential college buildings in the tropics
Open House International (2014)
  • Adi Ainurzaman Jamaludin
  • Ati Rosemary Mohd Ariffin
  • Nila Keumala Daud
  • Hazreena Hussein

Three residential colleges located in a university campus at the capital city of Kuala Lumpur and built in different decades were selected for landscape studies with respect to species and position of the trees, as well as the effects of the current landscapes as a shelter in reducing solar radiation on buildings, as a pre-assessment for the Low Carbon Cities Framework (LCCF) and assessment system. These landscape settings were carefully studied through on-site observation. The name and location of the mature trees were redrawn and visualised with standard normal photographs. These studies revealed that the old residential college landscape is dominated by tropical forest trees which are able to provide a significant shade to the buildings and become a sustainable carbon sequestrations tool. For low maintenance and fast growing effect, palms and hybrid fruit trees were extensively cultivated in the new residential colleges.

  • residential college,
  • landscape,
  • low carbon cities framework (LCCF),
  • sustainable development,
  • tree shade effect
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Adi Ainurzaman Jamaludin, Ati Rosemary Mohd Ariffin, Nila Keumala Daud and Hazreena Hussein. "Landscape and sustainability: Three residential college buildings in the tropics" Open House International Vol. 39 Iss. 1 (2014)
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