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

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In this issue, we dive into the HDB Town Design Guides that were unveiled in September 2018 at the annual HDB Professional Engagement and Knowledge-sharing (PEAK) Forum, a gathering of building professionals to exchange industry best practices. As our towns continue to evolve, the Town Design Guides steer and unify the developments in each town, while helping estates maintain their unique flavour. Learn more about the planning process as we chat with the team behind the first Town Design Guide for Woodlands.

Scattered within HDB estates are numerous playgrounds and recreational areas where our residents come to meet and play. Many of them have grown into cherished icons of the heartlands. These communal spaces are set to evolve into exciting facilities as HDB embarks on new-generation thematic playgrounds to improve the towns’ unique identities. Take a look at some of these playgrounds in our ‘Heartland Play’ story.

In a central part of Singapore, a chapteh group is keeping traditions alive, reigniting an oldschool sport at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. The group has turned a nostalgic pastime into a community of enthusiasts with its welcoming and supportive atmosphere. We bring you their chapteh stories here.

The outcomes of preserving the old while embracing change can be felt in the heartlands as they are thoughtfully rejuvenated. We invite you to go behind the blocks and experience the journey at LIVINGSPACE, our revamped gallery at HDB Hub. As you walk around the multimedia exhibits showcasing Singapore’s public housing and its dramatic evolution, take a peek into the future of HDB towns and discover HDB’s pursuit of more and bigger things.


  • 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.



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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.