HDB Republic: Housing, Homeownership and Heritage in Singapore

By Soon-Tzu Speechley

May 2016 FEATURE
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Singapore’s Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats house over 80% of the island state’s population. How does the Board keep up with housing demands and balance development pressures while preserving the nation’s built heritage and sense of place?From its economy to its education system, Singapore leads in Asia. And one should not forget one very remarkable aspect of the country’s development: its public housing system.Established in 1960 to address the island’s severe housing crisis, the Housing and Development Board (HDB)...

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Soon-Tzu Speechley

studied History and Asian Studies at the University of Melbourne. He now works at the Architectural Conservation Lab at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). His writing has appeared in a number of publications in Malaysia and Australia. He tweets @ speechleyish.