In 2013, HDB collaborated with the National University of Singapore to study how neighbourhoods can be better designed to encourage community bonding. Two new design ideas were put to test in Tampines: the Social Linkway and Neighbourhood Incubator under the Hello Neighbour! @ Tampines Central project.
The Social Linkway is a common walkway energised by adjacent new social spaces to promote community interaction. The Neighbourhood Incubator seeks to turn void deck spaces into a convenient one-stop hub for residents to participate in community activities and workshops.
The project saw Tampines residents coming together as one to design their very own Social Linkway and Neighbourhood Incubator. They participated enthusiastically at pop-up booths, design workshops, and interactive boards.