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About Housing and Development Board

The Housing & Development Board (HDB) is Singapore's public housing authority and a statutory board under the Ministry of National Development.

HDB plans and develops public housing towns that provide Singaporeans with quality homes and living environments. In this effort, HDB engages in active research and development work to ensure that cost-effectiveness and quality standards are maintained and continually improved upon.

Even as HDB towns are provided with various commercial, recreational and social facilities and amenities for the convenience of residents, one of HDB’s key priorities is to ensure that they meet changing needs and circumstances. Through renewal and upgrading programmes, HDB brings new features, facilities and improvements to its older estates and towns to ensure their vibrancy and continued relevance.

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Housing and Development Board Connected Global News

CTBUH Leader Addresses High-Rise Living in London

CTBUH Leader Addresses High-Rise Living in London

30 Sep 2013, London – CTBUH Research Working Group Co-Chair Philip Oldfield has written an editorial for The…

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Housing and Development Board at CTBUH

Brian Low

Brian Low

CTBUH Conference, Speaker, 2016
Singapore, Singapore

Koon Hean Cheong

Koon Hean Cheong

CTBUH Awards Symposium, Speaker, 2016
Singapore, Singapore

CTBUH Resources Involving Housing and Development Board

2016 Awards - Session 1 Q&A

3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"
Chair: Karl Fender, Fender Katsalidis Architects

Shaping Singapore: Planning, Design and Technology Innovation

3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"
Dr. Cheong Koon Hean, Housing and Development Board of Singapore

Interview: Dr. Cheong Koon Hean

3 Nov 2016 – 2016 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews
CEO, Housing and Development Board of Singapore

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A Tale of Two Singapore Sky Gardens

8 Aug 2017 – CTBUH Journal 2017 Issue III
Swinal Samant & Na Hsi-En, National University of Singapore

Ten Significant Tall Buildings, and the Significant Women Behind Them

8 Aug 2017 – CTBUH Journal 2017 Issue III
Leading Women in Tall Buildings

Garden City, Megacity: Rethinking Cities for the Age of Global Warming

17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
Mun Summ Wong, Richard Hassell & Alina Yeo, WOHA Architects

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Videos

2016 Awards - Session 1 Q&A
3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"; Chair: Karl Fender, Fender Katsalidis Architects
Koon Hean Cheong, CEO, Housing and Development Board of Singapore; Benjamin Romano, Founding Principal, LBR&A Architectos; Pete Rose, Senior Associate, COOP HIMMELB(L)AU; and Ellen Lou, Director of Urban Design and Planning, Skidmore, Owings &…
Shaping Singapore: Planning, Design and Technology Innovation
3 Nov 2016 – CTBUH "15th Annual Awards"; Dr. Cheong Koon Hean, Housing and Development Board of Singapore
Dr. Cheong Koon Hean is an architect and urban planner who has been credited with shaping much of Singapore’s urban landscape. Throughout her career, she has led the long-term strategic planning of Singapore and played a key role in the development…
Interview: Dr. Cheong Koon Hean
3 Nov 2016 – 2016 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; CEO, Housing and Development Board of Singapore
Dr. Cheong Koon Hean, CEO, Housing and Development Board of Singapore, discusses her urban planning work for the city of Singapore with Chris Bentley, during the 2016 CTBUH Awards Symposium at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Dr. Cheong Koon…
Garden City, Megacity: Rethinking Cities for the Age of Global Warming
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Mun Summ Wong, WOHA Architects
This presentation proposes an alternative to the continuing implementation of unsustainable 20th century urban planning models. By using WOHA’s mini-city projects and proposals as prototypes – energy-efficient vertical landscapes with sky villages…
The Tropical Skyscraper: Social Sustainability in High Urban Density
18 Sep 2014 – Presentation at CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference; Mun Summ Wong, WOHA
Asia’s rapidly growing metropolises demand an alternative strategy for city planning and architecture that addresses the need to live appropriately and sustainability with our tropical climate and urban densities. This presentation discusses WOHA’s…
Future Vision: Where is the tall building heading in the future and what will the next generation of supertall
Dec 2012 – Monthly Video Series; Alex Whitbread, FCB Studios; K.J. Kim, Samsung C & T; William Pedersen, KPF; Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Engineers; Peng Beng Khoo & Belinda Huang, ARC Studio Architecture + Urbanism; et al
Industry leaders answering this question include: Alex Whitbread, FCB Studios; K.J. Kim, Samsung C & T; William Pedersen, KPF; Richard Cook, Cook + Fox Architects; George Downing, Downing Development; Bruce Lake, McHugh Construction; and more.
The Past: What have been the most striking tall building developments in the past 10 years?
Dec 2012 – Monthly Video Series; Alex Whitbread, FCB Studios; K.J. Kim, Samsung C & T; William Pedersen, Kohn Pedersen Fox; Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Engineers; Peng Beng Khoo & Belinda Huang, ARC Studio Architecture + Urban
Industry leaders answering this question include: Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic Engineers; Peng Beng Khoo & Belinda Huang, ARC Studio Architecture + Urbanism; Lawrence Pak, Singapore Housing and Development Board; Jim Loewenberg, Magellan…
Singapore: A High-Rise Utopia?
21 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Peng Beng Khoo & Belinda Agnes Huang Wan Jing, ARC Studio Architecture + Urbanism
Singapore has already implemented many urban-scale sustainable strategies that other cities only dream of – true integrated transport networks, 60-story high green walls, subsidized government-built high-rise housing for all, and tower complexes…
Interview: Pinnacle @ Duxton
21 Oct 2010 – 2010 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Lawrence Pak, Singapore Housing and Development Board; Peng Beng Khoo & Belinda Huang, ARC Studio Architecture + Urbanism
Lawrence Pak of the Singapore Housing and Development Board and Peng Beng Khoo and Belinda Huang of ARC Studio Architecture + Urbanism are interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2010 CTBUH Awards Symposium at the Illinois Institute of Technology,…
CTBUH 9th Annual Awards Dinner
21 Oct 2010 – CTBUH "9th Annual Awards"; Dinner 2010
The 9th Annual Awards Ceremony & Dinner was held in Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Crown Hall, on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus, Chicago. In a surprise move the CTBUH announced that the Burj Khalifa had won the inaugural new "Global Icon"…
Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia: Pinnacle @ Duxton: Superdensity – Reimagining high-rise housing
21 Oct 2010 – CTBUH "9th Annual Awards"; Lawrence Pak, Singapore Housing and Development Board; Peng Beng Khoo, ARC Studio Architecture + Urbanism
Pinnacle @ Duxton has integrated public outdoor green spaces at height with the creation of two usable linear skyparks as well as a large park space on the podium. It creates a high level of density on site without sacrificing access to green space,…

Papers/Research

A Tale of Two Singapore Sky Gardens
8 Aug 2017 – CTBUH Journal 2017 Issue III; Swinal Samant & Na Hsi-En, National University of Singapore
This paper examines the effectiveness of the design strategies used in two HDB developments for encouraging active usage and social interaction. The study was conducted through systematic user surveys and site observations, the findings of which were…
Ten Significant Tall Buildings, and the Significant Women Behind Them
8 Aug 2017 – CTBUH Journal 2017 Issue III; Leading Women in Tall Buildings
Recently, there has been a growing and overdue recognition in the architecture discipline that women are under-represented, not just in terms of leadership positions held, but also in terms of receiving credit for the work they have done. The tall…
Garden City, Megacity: Rethinking Cities for the Age of Global Warming
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Mun Summ Wong, Richard Hassell & Alina Yeo, WOHA Architects
This paper proposes an alternative to the continuing implementation of unsustainable 20th century urban planning models. By using WOHA’s mini-city projects and proposals as prototypes – energy-efficient vertical landscapes with sky villages and sky…
Replacing Corridors with Sky-Courts to Create Affordable and Socially Desirable High-Rise Housing
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Mazlin Ghazali, Arkitek M Ghazali; Tareef Hayat Khan, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
Studies over the last 60 years have consistently concluded that high-rise housing is less suitable for most people compared to low-rise, especially for children. To overcome the social objections to high-rise housing, a new typology is proposed. In…
21st Century Vertical Lifestyles - Intergenerational, Integrated Communities
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Stephan Reinke, Stephan Reinke Architects Limited
How does the 21st Century youth culture of social media integrate and merge with an ever increasing tech savvy senior population? As our cities and urban environments become increasingly dense and tall, the challenges and opportunities for vertical…
Affordable Housing Under Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Elena Generalova, Viktor Generalov & Natalia Potienko, Samara State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering
Rapid urbanization causes major problems of urban sprawl and social stratification, and at the same time it opens up new opportunities of shaping dense vertical urbanism and searching for innovative models of affordable high-rise housing. To improve…
Garden City, Megacity: Rethinking Cities For the Age of Global Warming
17 Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV; Mun Summ Wong, Richard Hassell & Alina Yeo, WOHA Architects
The 20th-century city developed in response to industrialization and population growth, with a planning vision encoded in regulations that limited evolving with the times. The 21st century city needs to respond to pressing current issues – climate…
The Other Side of Tall Buildings: The Urban Habitat
Feb 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue I; Daniel Safarik, CTBUH
A growing number of tall buildings recognized by the CTBUH, through its international awards programs and research, are noteworthy not so much because of their sheer height or engineering feats, but because of their contribution to the urban habitat…
Vertical Public Realms: Creating Urban Spaces in the Sky
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Dr. Yuri Hadi, Leicester School of Architecture; Professor Tim Heath & Dr. Philip Oldfield, University of Nottingham
The resurgence of the ‘Streets in the Sky’ concept is driving the recent transformation of social and public spaces in vertical cities, with Asia leading the way. The Pinnacle@Duxton in Singapore claims to succeed in this latest development through…
The Tropical Skyscraper: Social Sustainability in High Urban Density
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Mun Summ Wong, Richard Hassell & Alina Yeo, WOHA Architects
Asia’s rapidly growing metropolises demand an alternative strategy for city planning and architecture that addresses the need to live appropriately and sustainably with our tropical climate and urban densities. This paper discusses WOHA’s design…
Singapore: A High-Rise Utopia?
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Peng Beng Khoo & Belinda Huang, Arc Studio Architecture + Urbanism
Singapore has already implemented many urban-scale sustainable strategies that other cities only dream of – true integrated transport networks, 60-storey high green walls, subsidized government-built high-rise housing for all, tower complexes…
Tall Buildings in Southeast Asia - A Humanist Approach to Tropical High-Rise
Aug 2009 – CTBUH Journal, 2009 Issue III; Mun Summ Wong & Richard Hassell, WOHA
High-rise, high-density living has been embraced as a positive accommodation solution for many millions of people living in Asia's growing urban metropolis. This paper outlines a number of high rise case studies.
Estate Renewal Through Development of Prefabricated Super High-Rise Buildings
Oct 2005 – CTBUH 2005 7th World Congress, New York; Chor Cheong Fong, Housing and Development Board of Singapore
This paper presents Housing & Development Board (HDB) of Singapore’s solution in the development of prefabricated super high-rise residential buildings to solve Singapore’s land scarce problem, incorporating full precast technology as an efficient…

Housing and Development Board Tall Building Facts

150m+ Buildings 7 Completed
300m+ Buildings None
Average Building Age 8 Years
Most Common Function residential, 7 Buildings
Most Common Material Concrete, 7 Buildings
Building Functions
 
Building Materials
 

All building-related facts are for 150m+ buildings currently in the database.

Tall Buildings Involving Housing and Development Board