HDB Launches New “Designing for Life” Roadmap – Live Well, Live Smart, Live Connected
HDB today unveiled a new “Designing for Life” Roadmap that will place holistic well-being at the centre of its work over the next 10 to 15 years. Launched by Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Heng Swee Keat, on 15 October 2020 at the “Designing for Life: What is the Future of HDB Living” webinar, the roadmap centres on planning and designing HDB towns that will contribute to the overall health and well-being of its residents.
2 Since it was set up in 1960, HDB has kept pace with changing demographics, as well as new social and lifestyle trends, to create homes that meet the needs and aspirations of Singaporeans. In the last decade, novel planning ideas and fresh housing typologies have been introduced as part of its efforts to build well-designed, sustainable, and community-centric towns. As society continues to evolve and new challenges emerge, HDB has refreshed its blueprint to address key trends that will impact the future of HDB living, such as an ageing population, climate change, evolving social aspirations, and Singaporeans’ desire to be more involved in shaping their living environment.
3 Supported by three pillars – “Live Well”,” Live Smart” and “Live Connected”, the “Designing for Life” roadmap takes a more resident-centred approach, and focuses on planning and designing around residents’ physical, mental and social needs, to create homes that contribute to their physical health, promote positive behaviours, and encourage social connections.
4 On the shift in focus towards holistic well-being, HDB CEO, Dr Cheong Koon Hean said, “The last 10 years have been a decade of transformation for public housing. We introduced a new generation of public housing that is better designed, more sustainable and smart, and brings the community closer together. In the next 10 to 15 years, we will further improve and enhance the living environment in our towns, to pave the way for the future of HDB living. We have developed a new blueprint to guide us in our plans. The Designing for Life roadmap will centre on the overall health and well-being of our residents, to provide them with a holistic quality living environment at all stages of their lives. Through careful planning backed by science and data, we will advance the sustainability of our towns, and leverage technology to help residents live more comfortably, with greater convenience. We will also find more ways for people to connect with each other and empower them to play a bigger role in designing and activating their shared spaces.”
5 An overview of HDB’s “Designing for Life” Roadmap is outlined below under three key pillars:
a) Live Well: A new Well-being framework has been developed to help HDB create ‘Healthy Towns for All Ages’. This framework adopts a people-centric perspective where residents’ needs will be considered holistically to enhance their well-being in three dimensions – physical, mental and social.
Examples include deeper engagements with residents in formulating rejuvenation plans for towns identified for the Remaking Our Heartland Programme, providing more support for residents to initiate ground-up community projects, and setting aside common spaces in new HDB developments for the community to come together and create their preferred social spaces and facilities. HDB will also carry out behavioural studies to better understand our residents’ needs, as we plan and design public spaces in our towns.
6 Tengah, HDB’s newest town, has been planned to incorporate many of these strategies under the Designing for Life Roadmap. In particular, Park District – one of five housing districts in Tengah – will be designed with landscape features such as exploratory trails and pocket gardens to promote wellness; unique community spaces that encourage physical activity and social interaction, as well as smart and sustainable solutions that can help improve residents’ daily living and quality of life.
The roof garden atop the multi-storey car park (left) and Neighbourhood Centre (right) in Parc Residences @ Tengah – the first BTO housing parcel to be launched for sale in
Park District – will feature landscaping designed to promote residents’ well-being. Artist’s impressions only, actual design may differ.
Rainforest Walk weaving through Parc Residences @ Tengah marries social spaces with wellness elements. Artist’s impression only, actual design may differ.
Encouraging physical activity through active design strategies in Park District. Artist’s impressions of the Sky Sports Park at an upcoming development in Park District. Actual design may differ.
Artist's impressions of the feature stairway at the multi-storey car park of Parc Residences @ Tengah. Actual design may differ.
7 Beyond new housing projects, the urban design strategies and policies mapped out under the Designing for Life Roadmap will also be applied to existing towns through various upgrading and rejuvenation programmes such as the Remaking our Heartland Programme and Neighbourhood Renewal Programme.
8 Members of the public are invited to visit the virtual Designing for Life Exhibition at http://designingforlife.gov.sg to find out more about the initiatives under the new roadmap, and share with us their feedback on the plans. They may also contribute their suggestions of the future of HDB living.
9 The exhibition was launched as a part of the “Designing for Life” webinar, which featured a speech by DPM Heng, and a panel discussion with experts on how good planning, smart technology, and an engaged community can shape a quality and distinctive living environment for residents in HDB towns. The panel comprised the following distinguished speakers:
10 The full webinar was livestreamed on HDB’s Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/SingaporeHDB) on Thursday, 15 October 3pm to 5pm. It will also be uploaded onto HDB’s YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/SingaporeHDB) after the event.