Social and Environmental Factors of High-Rise Living: A Singapore Experience

  • Bill B. P. Lim


An active housing program in Singapore began in 1927 with the establishment of the Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT) by the British colonial government under the Singapore Improvement Ordinance. However, by 1942 SIT had only completed 2049 houses and 53 shops. The Housing Committee (1947) reported that out of the postwar population of 938,000 persons 68,000 or 72% were housed in the central area and about a third of the population lived in the density of 1000 to an acre. The effect of the SIT in the subsequent 12 years was inadequate to provide housing to the population, which grew to 1.6 million by 1959, and 40,000 units were built by the public and private sectors during this period, accommodating only 300,000 persons.


Sound Pressure Level Thermal Comfort Indoor Temperature Housing Estate Central Provident Fund 
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