about us masterhead

About Us


Uncover how we embrace reinvention and strengthen community ties in our homes, to create public housing that is uniquely Singapore’s.

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, we share how we create public housing that is uniquely Singapore. 

Read our latest issue

HDB Image

Advanced technologies in the built environment sector have opened up many exciting possibilities for HDB in our ongoing journey to build quality homes for Singaporeans. From 3D printing to drones powered by artificial intelligence, this issue of Dwellings explores how HDB is leveraging these game-changing innovations, in collaboration with industry partners. 

The spirit of innovation has also propelled HDB in our service delivery transformation. With our customers’ needs as chief priority, we walk you through how HDB has employed Design Thinking, research and technology to delight customers at every touchpoint. 

Innovation does not lie with HDB alone; our residents have also been instrumental in driving change in our towns as we introduced several community initiatives to spur greater ground-up involvement in recent years. Co-creation programmes, such as Build-a-thon and Cool Ideas for HDB Living, offer residents the opportunity to shape their towns and homes together, deepening their sense of ownership and belonging in the community.

Dwellings also chats with a long-time Bedok resident who seeks to give back to the community through her barbershop — from offering free haircuts for vulnerable youth to looking out for the well-being of elderly residents. Such is the camaraderie and caring spirit of the HDB heartland.


  • Building Future-Ready Homes

    Issue Sep/ Oct 2019

    To advance its goal of building well-designed, quality homes, HDB has been on a continual quest to deepen its expertise in construction technology. More recently, new partnerships and research projects have broadened the horizons to keep HDB towns future-ready.

  • Partners in Co-Creation

    Issue Sep/ Oct 2019

    More than just flat owners, our residents are instrumental in shaping active, thriving communities in HDB towns. With the many community programmes introduced to spur ground-up participation, more residents have been playing an active role in co-creating and enlivening community spaces in their neighbourhood.

  • A Journey in Service Transformation

    Issue Sep/ Oct 2019

    The HDB Service Master Plan was drawn up to ensure that HDB customers are cared for at every stage of their service journey. By leveraging Design Thinking and technology, HDB is providing a more convenient and personalised experience for its customers.

  • Meet the Dwellers — A Cut Above the Rest

    Issue Sep/ Oct 2019

    Behind the neat, ordered facades of HDB blocks is a living compendium of lives, people and stories; some more colourful than others, but all unique and interesting in their own special way. A barber offers more than just haircuts in her heartland shop, as she seeks to bring people closer together and make a difference in her community.

  • Distinctive HDB Towns

    Issue Feb/ Mar 2019

    HDB Town Design Guides chronicle the history, vision, and distinct character of each of our 24 towns, guiding and unifying the development of each town.

  • Heartland Play

    Issue Feb/ Mar 2019

    The ubiquitous playgrounds in HDB estates have evolved from being just simple play areas into vibrant civic spaces and iconic landmarks.


    Issue Feb/ Mar 2019

    Capturing nearly 6 decades of Singapore’s public housing journey, HDB’s revamped gallery tells its story through an immersive, multimedia experience.

  • Meet The Dwellers – Championing the Community Spirit

    Issue Feb/ Mar 2019

    A home-grown group of chapteh players is keeping the heritage activity alive, with hopes of reigniting its popularity across the heartland.



Check out the eBook versions of Dwellings:

In 2019

HDB Image

Issue Feb/ Mar 2019

In 2018

HDB Image

Issue 1/ 2018

HDB Image

Issue 2/ 2018

In 2017

HDB Image

Issue 1/ 2017

HDB Image

Issue 2/ 2017

HDB Image

Issue 3/ 2017

In 2016

HDB Image

Issue 1/ 2016

HDB Image

Issue 2/ 2016

HDB Image

Issue 3/ 2016

In 2015

HDB Image

Issue 1/ 2015

HDB Image

Issue 2/ 2015

In 2014

HDB Image

Issue 1/ 2014

HDB Image

Issue 2/ 2014

In 2013

HDB Image

Issue 1/ 2013

HDB Image

Issue 2/ 2013

In 2012

HDB Image

Issue 1/ 2012


What is Dwellings?

Dwellings is a publication by the Housing & Development Board, Singapore’s public housing authority. Through Dwellings, we want to share how we create quality and affordable public housing that is uniquely different, and also uniquely Singapore’s.

Can I share the content (article/ photos) from Dwellings on my personal blog?

You can share the link to Dwellings on your personal blog or social media pages. For reproduction in print media, social media and for any other purposes, please contact us at dwellings@mailbox.hdb.gov.sg.

How can I subscribe to Dwellings?

You can subscribe to Dwellings via the HDB eAlert service (under Section D: Publications)

If you would like to receive a print issue, please email us at dwellings@mailbox.hdb.gov.sg.

How can I get involved with Dwellings?

Dwellings is a platform for sharing of ideas, works and projects that promote and advance quality and sustainable housing. We welcome contributions from all who share a keen interest in housing and habitats, whether you are an academic, industry practitioner or professional.

If you would like to contribute an article, do email your article or the synopsis to the editorial team at dwellings@mailbox.hdb.gov.sg and we will get in touch with you.