New HDB projects to marry nature with built environment

The Biophilic Town Framework, introduced in 2013, goes beyond just providing greenery for residents. HDB announced the updated framework on July 18 at the International Federation of Landscape Architects World Congress held at Marina Bay Sands.
The Biophilic Town Framework, introduced in 2013, goes beyond just providing greenery for residents. HDB announced the updated framework on July 18 at the International Federation of Landscape Architects World Congress held at Marina Bay Sands.PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

Dragonfly ponds to attract insects which eat mosquitoes. Spaces set aside for community farms. Greenery planted to reduce noise and provide relief from the heat.

These are some of the ways greenery will be incorporated in new HDB projects launched from this month, which will adopt the updated Biophilic Town Framework to create natural environments that are holistically intertwined with the built environment.

The framework was first adopted in 2015 in Punggol Northshore District, where community facilities and footpaths were planned using wind and sunlight simulation studies, and measures put in place to draw people outdoors.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 19, 2018, with the headline 'New HDB projects to marry nature with built environment'. Print Edition | Subscribe