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November 2019

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'Housing Scene' brings you a quick round-up of HDB’s latest news, policies and initiatives. This month, we spotlight the spaces in our estates and neighbourhoods that play an important part in our daily lives – from the void decks often abuzz with activity, to the display panels that keep you updated on the latest happenings, and a new generation of playgrounds that invite exploration. Stay connected with us as we deliver the newsletter directly to you every month. If you have any feedback, tell us here.


Designed for Life, Not Just for Living


Home: More than the four walls of your flat, it is the familiar faces and spaces around us.

From the void deck which greets you at the start and end of your day, to the fitness corner where you unwind and work up a sweat, to the linkway that shelters you from the rain and sun – these oft-overlooked spaces are so much a part  of our #HDBeautiful estates and neighbourhoods. Hear these spaces tell their own unique stories in our series of films, and celebrate the special moments that take place in these so-familiar spaces!

Share with us your best memory of the neighbourhood spaces, along with a photograph as a comment on our Facebook post. You may walk away with a bespoke keepsake, created by an artsy friend of ours. Hurry - submissions close on 1 December!


Coming Soon to a Lobby Near You


Don’t want to miss out on neighbourhood or community events? Say goodbye to FOMO – news about the latest happenings in your estate will be coming soon to a  lift lobby near you!

About 6,000 digital display panels will be installed at lift lobbies and select lifts in HDB blocks across Singapore from next year. With these digital displays, you will always be up-to-date with the latest news from around your estate, as well as nationwide public health advisories and emergency updates. These digital displays will be refreshed to provide a wide range of content, and with digital copies, we do our part in going green and fighting climate change!


#HDBeFun This Holiday


School’s out, and the holidays are here! If you’re looking for activities to keep the young (or even the young at heart!) busy, why not make a list and check off the #HDBeautiful playgrounds around Singapore?

From functional play structures and designs inspired by nursery rhymes, to 3-generational playgrounds for family fun, playgrounds continue to play an important role in our childhood and even adult years.

We’re “levelling up” and introducing newer playgrounds that are designed with the town’s unique history in mind. For example, the Swamp playground at Toa Payoh Crest (pictured above) is inspired by the ’big swamp’ that the town used to be, while the Ship Discovery playground at Compassvale Cape reflects Sengkang town’s fishing village history. Here are some of the other thematic playgrounds around the island:

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  1. Meteorite Playground at Tampines GreenEdge
  2. Ant and Grasshopper Playground at Woodlands Glen
  3. Kampung Houses Playground at Buangkok Square
  4. Military Playground at Keat Hong Garden

And that’s not all! We are building another nine thematic playgrounds in Bukit Panjang, Dawson and Clementi, that will be ready by 2021. Excited yet? You bet we (and the kids in our neighbourhoods) are! :)



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