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Neighbourhood design ideas for community bonding to be tried out in Tampines Central

Published on May 24, 2014 11:15 AM
 
Tampines Central 1 just outside the bus interchange on April 23, 2013. Two design ideas for Housing Board towns will be tried out in Tampines Central from June this year to May next year, to see if they can promote community bonding. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Two design ideas for Housing Board towns will be tried out in Tampines Central from June this year to May next year, to see if they can promote community bonding.

One is a 'social linkway', which turns public walkways into more active social spaces by adding seating or exhibits, for instance. Another is a one-stop hub for community activities which can help develop ground-up initiatives.

These ideas come from a year-long study which the Housing Board conducted with the National University of Singapore's Centre of Sustainable Asian Cities and Sociology department. If successful, they will be incorporated into HDB's plans for new areas such as Bidadari and Tampines North.

"We want to make all HDB towns what we call modern kampungs, that means modern in all these facilities but at the same time with good old kampung spirit," said Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan, who shared the study's results at the launch of this year's HDB Community Week on Saturday.

 
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