Beyond four walls

Former HDB chief Cheong Koon Hean says the future of public housing will be driven by living well, living smart and living connected

Dr Cheong Koon Hean is chairman of the Centre for Liveable Cities. In June, she will also become chairman of the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities at the Singapore University of Technology and Design.
Dr Cheong Koon Hean is chairman of the Centre for Liveable Cities. In June, she will also become chairman of the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities at the Singapore University of Technology and Design.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

One of Singapore's latest urban planning stories is unfolding in the Housing Board waterfront town of Punggol.

In an exclusive interview, former HDB chief executive Cheong Koon Hean tells The Straits Times that Punggol Northshore, the island's first smart-enabled precinct, is also a "living laboratory" which will help the statutory board improve living conditions for home owners, as well as prepare for uncertainties in the future.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 27, 2021, with the headline 'Beyond four walls '. Subscribe