Creating Liveable Density Through a Synthesis of Planning, Design and Greenery
The Housing and Development Board (HDB) houses over 80% of the population of Singapore in one million flats spread over 23 towns. In recent years, the HDB has intensified its building programme to meet the housing demand in Singapore. As the city’s heartlands develop into high-density townships, urban greenery has become an integral part of the urban fabric, playing an indispensable role in mitigating the high densities and ensuring a quality living environment. The essay discusses how the development of HDB towns is guided by comprehensive principles, which consider greenery at both the macro- and micro-scales, from the planning and urban design of towns to the design and implementation of individual precincts and buildings.