Dwellings chronicles our efforts in creating homes for Singaporeans. We strive to reinvent and transform Singapore’s housing landscape, developing homes that Singaporeans would be proud to live in. Through Dwellings, share how we create public housing that is uniquely Singapore.
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HDB’s mission of creating vibrant and sustainable towns has led us to continuously explore new frontiers in the design of public housing, including the adoption of sustainability initiatives such as the generation of solar energy, and the infusion of nature in our estates.
Small in scale but big in ambition is Kampung Admiralty. With a vision to design and build a development that meets the holistic needs of seniors, the kampung of the old was reimagined, and a modern day kampung built. The seamless integration of senior-proof homes with an extensive range of facilities and amenities will enable Singaporeans to age-in-place, and live life to the full in their silver years.
HDB’s green journey started with tree planting for natural shade, and progressed to well-designed urban greenery that fosters a town’s character and identity. Today, under the Biophilic Town Framework, a strong foundation for holistic planning and design of neighbourhood landscapes has been established to create ecosystems in HDB estates that will benefit both the residents and the environment.
10 years ago, the non-existence of a solar industry did not stop HDB from thinking big, and test-bedding the installation of solar panels on the roof tops of HDB blocks. The spirit of innovation continues to this day with HDB embarking on Singapore’s first experiment in the development of a floating solar system for open sea conditions, based on HDB’s award-winning floating modular system.
All of us can do our part for sustainable living – it can be as simple as reducing wastage in our lives. At Repair Kopitiam, broken items are given a second lease of life by their owners who are taught simple repair skills by a group of volunteers. Every repair is a small but important step in our collective journey towards a more sustainable Singapore.
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