Designing S'pore's future

A review of Singapore's long-term land use plans is under way, with planners keen to strengthen the flexibility, resilience and inclusiveness of the city and its built environment. The Straits Times unpacks what the review seeks to achieve, and what the country might look like in the near future. 24-hour nodes, creative use of space for evolving needs


Singapore is changing its approach to long-term planning. Rather than deciding the development needs of future generations for them, the Government is now setting a path for them to make land use decisions for themselves, when the timing is right.

To facilitate this process, the nation's latest review of its long-term land use plans will focus on flexibility and developing options - a shift away from generating a single concept plan, which has been the product of each of four such reviews since 1971.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 24, 2021, with the headline 'Designing S'pore's future'. Subscribe