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LANDSCAPE AND SUSTAINABILITY: THREE RESIDENTIAL COLLEGE BUILDINGS IN THE TROPICS

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By : Adi Ainurzaman Jamaludin, Nila Keumala, Ati Rosemary Mohd Ariffin, 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 designs were carefully studied through on-site observation. The name and location of the matured plants were redrawn and visualised with standard normal photographs. The 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 offered a potential to achieve sustainable development due to a higher rate of carbon sequestration. While, palm and hybrid fruit plants were most extensively cultivated in the landscape of new residential colleges due to low maintenance and being fast growing.
Keywords: Residential College, Landscape Design, Low Carbon Cities Framework (Lccf), Sustainable Development, Tropical.

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