Innovative living concepts

VIADUCT VILLAGE
VIADUCT VILLAGEPHOTO: LIEN FOUNDATION AND COLOURS
GIVING CAMPUS
GIVING CAMPUSPHOTO: LIEN FOUNDATION AND COLOURS
HEALING STADIUM
HEALING STADIUMPHOTO: LIEN FOUNDATION AND COLOURS
GARDEN OF LIFE
GARDEN OF LIFEPHOTO: LIEN FOUNDATION AND COLOURS

VIADUCT VILLAGE

Dead spaces under elevated MRT tracks can be turned into community hubs for seniors. Service providers could run a cafe, a hair salon, care centres for frail older folk or people with special needs and even offer tuition to children. With ample shelter outdoors, people of all ages and abilities are encouraged to join the vibrant street life in the repurposed viaduct.

GIVING CAMPUS

Situated across the road from a university, the Giving Campus transforms an old school building into an inter-generational hostel and learning centre. By living and learning together, seniors and secondary or tertiary students can form caring, reciprocal relationships. Seniors can go back to school to learn or volunteer to mentor students. Students can help seniors with grocery shopping, teach them how to use electronic devices and be rewarded with discounts on hostel accommodation.

HEALING STADIUM

The Healing Stadium is a cluster of apartments for seniors built in an old sports complex with safe green spaces for exercise and on-site care services. Certain parts of the stadium are repurposed for exercise, terrace farming and an animal shelter for pet therapy. Wheelchair-users will find the ramps that lead to their apartments from the jogging track useful. A man-made tropical forest in the heart of the stadium provides a therapeutic landscape and allows seniors with dementia or cognitive challenges to hike independently without wandering out of the compound.

GARDEN OF LIFE

The Garden of Life integrates a hospice with a nature park and tree nursery. Here, the terminally ill can live out their last days in a tranquil, open and natural setting. It is also a public space for life celebrations. Close friends and relatives can visit residents, have meals or plant a tree. The nursery park also serves as an ash garden, where a loved one's ashes are scattered under a tree planted while he was alive, thus closing the loop on the circle of life.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 11, 2018, with the headline 'Innovative living concepts'. Print Edition | Subscribe