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Introduction

Some of you may be aware of this new development coming up here in little Singapore. At the request of some architectural buffs, all of which are not from Singapore, I decided to "reproduce" the contents of a just released publication of this competition here for all to see. Singaporeans, afterall, can just go to the local library.

This is a serious infringement of copyright, so I must help to "advertise" the publication. The book's information can be found here, so if you are interested in seeing the whole book for yrslef, feel free to purchase it.

I will be presenting the data in stages, due to the huge amount of information available. I shall start first by presenting the competition's background information, after which the 202 first stage entries, the stage two finalists and winners.

If you are an architectural buff, or just a casual observer interested in looking at high-rise designs and ideas, look through the design brief, think about how you would have solved the problem, and feel free to critique the entries received, the judges' verdict, and the choice of winners!!

Duxton Plain Public Housing - International Architectural Design Competition

Preface

In 2001/2 the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), on behalf of the Ministry of National Development (MND), Singapore, and in consultation with the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA), organised an International Architectural Design Competition for a high-density and very high-rise public housing development at Duxton Plain in the Central Area of Singapore.

Public housing in Singapore is no longer low-cost housing but rather quality affordable housing. The Competition called for fresh, innovative and new approaches to designing high-density and very high-rise public housing to optimise land use and meet the lifestyle needs and rising aspirations of the residents. As public housing is a subsidised form of housing, the public housing development shall also be cost-effective in offering the best public housing available within the given budget.

In view of the historical significance of the site as the place where the first public housing blocks were built by HDB in the area in 1963/4, the development is envisaged to be a landmark housing development. It can be built up to 50 storeys high, making it the tallest public housing in Singapore.

The winner of the Competition was appointed as the Project Architect for the development. This public housing scheme will be built by Singapore’s Housing & Development Board (HDB), and is currently scheduled for completion in 2007. It is part of an urban renewal strategy to attract new households into the city to rejuvenate the Tanjong Pagar area.

The publication documents the whole Competition process, from its inception and organisation, through judging, to the award presentation. It showcases the Winning Scheme, as well as the other four Stage Two short-listed schemes. It also serves as a resource for the wealth of ideas received from the 202 Stage One submissions.

Housing Strategy

Building More Homes

The Concept Plan 2001, which sets out the long-term strategic plan for Singapore, aims to create a liveable city, offering a wide choice of comfortable housing locations and types.

To plan for a scenario of 5.5 million population and a reduction in household size, 800,000 new homes are needed, in addition to the one million dwelling units today.

Given the constraints on the availability of land for new development, some of these new homes will come from building more high-density and very high-rise housing close to the city and Mass Rapid Transit stations in areas without restrictive height controls.

More opportunities for City Living

The Concept Plan 2001 also aims to increase the 'live-in' population within the city. Today, there are 30,000 homes within the Central Area, accommodating 3% of the population. This will rise to 7% in future, with around four times as many people living within the city.

The Duxton Plain Site



Early Beginnings

The Duxton Hill was originally home to nutmeg plantations because of its rich and loamy soil. Duxton was the name of one of the bungalows owned by Dr Jose D’Almeida that stood on the site. Dr D’Almeida was a Portuguese doctor who came from Macau and set up a dispensary at Commercial Square (now Raffles Place).

In the second half of the 19th century, Tanjong Pagar was developed as a harbour. This was a major force in the economic growth of the area, and resulted in the transformation of old agricultural land into viable commercial and residential areas.

Duxton Hill was one of the land parcels bought by Tanjong Pagar Dock Company in 1899 and leased out to developers for the construction of commercial and residential properties.

The first buildings in Duxton Hill were inhabited by well-to do families. However, by the mid 19th century, Tanjong Pagar had become a predominantly working class coolie sector of the Singapore Municipality and this changed the demographics of the area. Tanjong Pagar was the gateway to the new arrivals, and many of the shop houses, including those in Duxton Hill, were now "populated by rickshaw coolies, coal workers, stevedores and seamen. The overcrowded and decrepit living conditions of the residents in Tanjong Pagar were to persist right up to the pre-war years." (Dr Daniel Chew; Tanjong Pagar, Cradle of Singapore's Development)

Soon it became imperative to improve the living conditions of the people in the city centre.



Mid-20th Century To Present

Conditions had not changed much by the time Singapore achieved self-governance. In the words of Senior Minister Mr Lee Kuan Yew, as he recalled the reasons for his choice of constituency in 1955, "Tanjong Pagar represented the heart of the economic and social problems of Singapore of that time".

Soon after Singapore obtained independence, the government embarked on a project to solve the housing crisis in the city. One of the earliest efforts of urban renewal in Tanjong Pagar by the Housing & Development Board were the two 10storey public housing blocks. These were the first public housing blocks in the Tanjong Pagar area, and were part of the second pilot project under the urban renewal scheme.

"Two bungalows and a row of one-storey houses along Cantonment Road were demolished to make room for 334 flats and shops and a crèche for 150 children. The foundation stone for the scheme was laid by the (then) Prime Minister on 15th March, 1963 and the estate was virtually completed at the end of the year." (HDB Annual Report 1963)

Nestled next to the site is the Tanjong Pagar Community Club, the operation base where local notables of the constituency usually meet, and where major events and various activities are held.

Redevelopment of the Duxton Plain Site

As part of the urban renewal strategy to inject more public housing into the city and attract new households to rejuvenate the Tanjong Pagar area, a 2.5 hectare site at Duxton Plain, including Blocks 1 and 2 Cantonment Road, will be redeveloped by the Housing & Development Board (HDB).

Today, HDB generally builds at a density of 2.8 plot ratio and no more than 30 storeys. More recently, some developments have already been built up to 4.0 plot ratio and 40 storeys at selected locations, such as Toa Payoh.

To meet the Concept Plan 2001 objectives, the density and height for the Duxton Plain site will be increased further to between 7.4 and 8.4 plot ratio and up to 50 storeys. The new development will therefore be a landmark - the tallest public housing in Singapore.

This public housing scheme, which will provide up to 1,800 new homes, will be built by the HDB and is currently scheduled for completion in October 2007

Design Brief and Technical Requirements



Historical Significance

In view of its historical significance as the site of the first public housing built by HDB in the Tanjong Pagar area, the Competition called for the proposals to be innovatively and meaningfully designed to capture the memory of the existing two housing blocks, and re-site and integrate the plaques commemorating the laying of the foundation stone, on 15th March 1963, and the opening ceremony, on 10th April 1964, which were officiated by the then Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, now the Senior Minister.



Tanjong Pagar Community Club

The Competition also required the design proposal to relate to the adjacent Community Club, which was built by the People's Association in 1960 as part of the first batch of community centres, so that it formed part of the housing community and incorporate a 25m wide view corridor to increase the visibility of the building from Cantonment Road.



Duxton Plain Park and Landscaping Strategy

Competitors were also required to put forward landscaping strategies that seamlessly extended the adjacent Duxton Plain Park horizontally and vertically into the development and incorporated roof top and high-level sky gardens. The mature trees around the perimeter of the site, together with the Jambu Ayer and Nutmeg trees planted by the then Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, now Senior Minister, in November 1984 and 1989, respectively, were also required to be retained and integrated into the landscaped areas.

Urban Design Strategy and Cost

A strong urban design strategy was also required to create a landmark to the surroundings that contributed to the city skyline, yet related meaningfully to the adjacent context. Environmentally appropriate forms and buildings were to be proposed, capable of creating a strong sense of ownership and community. As a subsidised form of housing, proposals were also to be cost-effective, providing the best public housing available within the budget.

Technical Requirements

To give Competitors greater freedom and flexibility to introduce new & innovative solutions, the Design Brief and Technical Requirements were specifically drawn up to include only the minimum, mandatory requirements pertinent to the site context, cost considerations, or public housing in the local context.

Many of the standard HDB design requirements, including site coverage, building setback, inter-building spacing, floor to floor heights, minimum room sizes and dimensions, and flat typologies, were all omitted. There was also no control on number of units to be provided and a range of dwelling units and layouts were allowed within two broad size types given.

Key Planning Parameters

Site Area: 2.51 hectares
Gross Plot Ratio (GPR): 7.4 (minimum) to 8.4 (maximum)
Gross Floor Area (GFA): 186,207 to 211,370 sqm
Allowable Building Height: Approx. 150.4m (261.00m RL)
Building Setback: 7.5m from Duxton Plain Park; 3.0m from common boundary with adjacent developments
Size and Proportion of Dwelling Units (DUs):
2/3rds Type S1 = 80 to 100 sqm (net internal floor area);
1/3rd Type S2 =101 to 110 sqm (net internal floor area)
Accommodation: Living / dining room, 3 bedrooms, kitchen, 2 bathrooms, household shelter, service balcony
Social / Communal / Commercial Facilities:
Inter-Precinct Open Space: 1,500 sqm;
Childcare Centre: 350 to 400 sqm;
Resident Committee Centre: 160 sqm;
Cafeteria / Foodshop: 200 to 250 sqm;
Convenience Shop: 100 to 150 sqm;
Covered Space for Future Social / Communal Activities: 300 to 400 sqm
Car Parking:
Type S1 =1 lot / 1.8 DUs;
Type S2 =1 lot 11.3 DUs;
Additional lots for supporting uses
Construction Cost:
$1,350/sqm (maximum) of internal floor space of the DUs



International Architectural Design Competition

Objective
Given this important development, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA), in consultation with the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA), organised an International Architectural Design Competition for the site on behalf of the Ministry of National Development (MND), Singapore.

The Competition called for fresh, innovative and new ideas on how high-density and very high-rise public housing can be an attractive living environment that will capture the imagination and hearts of the future residents who will call it home.

Format of Competition

The Competition was international and open to all architectural firms qualified or licensed to provide architectural services in their place of practice.

Registration for the Competition opened on 8th August 2001. During the Registration Period up to 21st September 2001, 480 architectural firms registered their interest to participate in the Competition. Of these, 61% were overseas firms and 39% local.

The Competition comprised two stages:

• Stage One required the submission of fresh, innovative and new design ideas for high-density and very high-rise housing which is environmentally conscious and can create a strong sense of ownership and community; and

• StageTwo required the short-listed participating firms /teams to advance their design ideas into an implementable design proposal.

Anonymity

To ensure fairness and impartiality, the anonymity of all Competitors was maintained throughout the entire Competition. The receipt, opening, and checking of all submissions was witnessed by external representatives from the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) and the Building & Construction Authority (BCA) as well as Legal officers from URA. At Stage One, seven entries were disqualified as they included information on the identity of the Competitor.

Random identification numbers were assigned to each submission. At both Stage One and Stage Two the Submission Envelopes containing the identity of the Competitors were sealed in a secure location and only opened after the Jury had made its decision. The Submission Forms were then checked to ensure that all requirements had been met and the Competitors were eligible to compete and submit entries. Throughout the duration of the Competition, the identity of the Competitors was only made known to the Promoter who was solely responsible for liaising with the participating firms.

Questions & Clarification

During the seven-week Registration Period, 210 Questions and Requests for Clarification were received. The answers were posted on the Competition Website.

Briefing & Site Visits
During Stage One, a Briefing was held for Competitors on the Site, Design Brief and Technical Requirements and Submission Details. It was attended by representatives from 79 firms. Site visits were also conducted to two recently completed HDB public housing projects to provide Competitors with information on the current adopted standards and highlight the lifestyle needs of public housing residents as well as the associated maintenance and liveability aspects of public housing in Singapore. Information on the Briefing and Site Visits was posted on the Competition Website

Technical Compliance
A Technical Committee drawn from URA, comprising architects, planners, engineers and quantity surveyors, was established to assess compliance of all submissions with the Terms and Conditions and the Design Brief and Technical Requirements and the information given to the Jury for reference to assist in the evaluation of the submissions.

Composition of the Jury
The Jury for the Competition comprised:

Chairperson
Mrs Koh-Lim Wen Gin
Chief Planner, Urban Redevelopment Authority, Singapore

Members
Professor Fumihiko Maki
Principal, Maki & Associates, Japan

Dr Moshe Safdie
Principal, Moshe Safdie & Associates, USA

Dr Teo Ho Pin
Member of Parliament for Sembawang GRC, Singapore

Mr Edward H Y Wong
President, Singapore Institute of Architects, Singapore

Mr Raymond Woo
Principal, Raymond Woo & Associates Architects, Singapore

Stage One

Stage One of the Competition closed at 12 noon, 7th November 2001. A total of 202 submissions were received for Stage One. Of these, 46% were from local firms and 54% from international firms. A total of 277 firms from 32 different countries took part in the Competition with 74% of the entries from the Asia-Pacific Region, 15% from Europe and the Middle-East and 11% from the Americas.

To provide an opportunity to generate more ideas, each participating firm was allowed a maximum of three submissions. At Stage One, 13% of the Competitors submitted two or more entries. In addition, 22% of the submissions were team entries by two or more architectural firms.

Judging of the Stage One submissions took place from 26th to 29th November 2001. On the final day, the Jury reached a consensus on the five schemes short-listed to proceed to Stage Two of the Competition.

Stage Two

Stage Two of the Competition closed at 12 noon, 20th March 2002. At Stage Two, all short-listed overseas firms and those local firms which were not ISO 9000 certified, were required to collaborate with a local ISO 9000 certified firm.
Judging of the Stage Two submissions took place from 11th to 12th April 2002. On the final day, the Jury reached a consensus on the winning scheme and the award of the two merit prizes.

Winner and Merit Prizes

~ to be disclosed later ~

Awards

The following awards were made by the Promoter on the advice of the Jury:

Winner - SGD$300,000*;
Two merit prizes - SGD$100,000 each; and
Five Honoraria - SGD$50,000 each (for the short-listed schemes).

*The first prize money forms part of the professional fee to be paid to the appointed architectural firm /team, which will be 2.596 of the total construction cost of the development, exclusive of Goods & Services Tax (GST).

Appointment of Winning Architectural Firm

The winner of the Competition will be appointed as the Project Architect for the development and work in collaboration with HDB, who will be appointed0 as the Civil & Structural Engineers, Mechanical & Electrical Engineers, Quantity Surveyors and Project Manager.
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Public Housing in Singapore

Introduction

The story of Public Housing in Singapore parallels its development as a young nation, and is a reflection of the lives of the people who live in these homes.

Within the context of growth and change, Singapore's first "Housing Authority", the Housing & Development Board (HDB), has evolved from an authority that merely provided a roof over the heads of slum dwellers, to one that designs and builds affordable, attractive homes for about 85% of the population.

Before 1960: The Beginnings of Public Housing

Singapore's early years were marked by an influx of thousands of immigrants. These immigrants typically lived in cramped conditions within the small city centre, or carved out squatter settlements in the outskirts of the city.

By the early 20th century, housing shortage had become acute. Singapore's first "Housing Authority', the Singapore Improvement Trust (SIT), was set up by the British in 1927 to improve the living conditions and infrastructure of the town and the island. This was not so much a housing authority as a municipal body. Despite its efforts in constructing additional homes in and around the city, the phenomenal increase in population during this period, and the ravages of the Second World War foiled its attempts to solve the housing shortage.

In 1958, its last year of operation, a quarter of the population lived on the city fringe in squalid shantytowns, while another 250,000 were crammed into dilapidated shophouses in the oldest parts of the city. These slums lacked proper sanitation facilities, public utilities and communal facilities, and were the breeding grounds for crime and a host of other social ills.

When the new Government swept into power as the first fully elected administration of a self-governing British Colony, it embarked on the task of alleviating the housing problem by providing modern and decent homes to those who needed them.

It was under these circumstances that the Housing & Development Board was formed on 1st February 1960, as a five-man Board equipped with the power to construct, re-develop, clear slums, resettle and manage housing estates. At its inception, the Board was faced with the immense task of providing at least 11,500 new homes a year.



1960s: Housing a Growing Nation

Confronted with this urgent and massive task, HDB's first priority was to maximise the construction of housing units in the shortest time possible and at minimum cost.

The emphasis was on quantity and speed, and at the end of HDB's first five-year building programme, it had completed 53,777 homes, each costing an average of S$4000 (US$2300) per unit. This worked out to a completion rate of one unit every 45 minutes.

These were one or two room dwelling units with toilet and kitchen facilities, housed in Corbusian-like slab blocks. The designs were simple and functional, expedient solutions that met the immediate needs of the populace.

The original flats were built for rent. In 1964, the government introduced the "Home Ownership for the People" Scheme to allow residents to purchase flats. Financial assistance was offered in the form of low interest mortgage loans and extended repayment schemes. With this bold scheme in place, the face of public housing was transformed, as these flats no longer only housed the poor, but also others who desired homes of their own.


Queenstown

1970s: The Development of the New Town

By the early 1970s, about one-third of the population had already been housed in HDB flats, and by the end of the 1970s, the problem of housing shortage had been solved.

This period was marked by rapid construction and crystallisation of the "Comprehensive Town Planning" approach. There was a gradual shift in emphasis to address the needs of a new range of flat seekers: the baby boomers and middle income groups. Greater provisions were made for open spaces, playgrounds, landscaping and car parks, and larger 4-room, 5-room, and Executive flats were built.

Tower blocks were also introduced to house the larger unit types. These were taller (up to 25 storeys), had better views and offered more privacy with fewer units per floor.

"New Towns" were planned with a comprehensive range of facilities such as a town centre, neighbourhood centres, a bus interchange, schools, sports complexes, landscaped parks and even factories. Each neighbourhood was self-sufficient in terms of open spaces, playgrounds, landscaping elements and surface car parks.


Ang Mo Kio New Town


Jurong West New Town

1980s: New Needs; A Total Living Environment

By the 1980s, a more affluent and educated population had evolved. Maintaining its palette of clear, simple, functional flat and block designs, HDB responded to new demands by placing greater emphasis on providing a quality living environment; an environment with a sense of identity and character.

The precinct concept was introduced to create visual identity within the neighbourhood, and promote social interaction and community bonding. The precincts, each comprising 400-600 dwelling units, were designed with landscaped open spaces, and pocket gardens for communal and recreational activities.

The landscape was developed as a series of connectors and nodes to enhance the environment and encourage social interaction by threading through and linking precincts within the neighbourhoods.

Emphasis was placed on creating a "Total Living Environment" to meet residents' needs for a quality living environment, recreation and accessibility to facilities.





Bishan New Town

1990s: Character and Identity

The 1990s saw increased emphasis on creating a quality and picturesque environment, as well as a strong character and identity for the precinct, neighbourhood and town. The 1990s also saw a proliferation of various housing schemes and flat types to meet the needs of various resident profiles.

Landmark buildings, landscaping, open spaces, special architectural features and finishes helped to achieve a sense of identity and territorial exclusivity. Special attention was also given to the preservation of natural landscape features, such as hills and rivers, so that the distinct character of each town was maintained.


Pasir Ris New Town




Bukit Panjang New Town

The New Millenium

In this millennium, there will be a need to cater to residents who are better-educated, better-informed, more well-travelled and with higher earning power. With changing lifestyles and rising expectations, it is necessary to make Singapore the "Best Home for Singaporeans" Future HDB homes are envisaged to go beyond being functional, and be unique and innovative in their designs. As flats come with better features and neighbourhoods come with a greater variety of community and recreational facilities, HDB towns will become exciting places to live, work and play in.

The newest town, Punggol 21, sets the standards for future towns to come. This waterfront town promises to be vibrant and attractive, with its diverse housing mix of public, private and Executive Condominium housing, and with land set aside for open space, recreational and commercial use.

At the same time, residents living in older estates are not left out. This is done through a well planned Estate Renewal Strategy (ERS) programme which upgrades and rejuvenates the older estates. Under the ERS programme, more attractive living environments are created within these old estates by redistributing and better utilising the land and facilities.

Housing is also being designed to accommodate the growing ageing population, and to address the specific needs of the elderly. For example, the Studio Apartment Scheme enables residents who are 55 years and above to cash in on their existing housing assets by selling them and purchasing smaller flats, and enjoy the additional income from the sale of their old homes.







Variety of Housing Choices

To meet the housing aspirations of Singaporeans, there is a wide range of housing options for those who cannot afford private property:

Premium Flats
HDB offers a range of quality apartments to meet the affordability and needs of flat buyers. There are two categories of flats available to the applicants, namely the standard and premium flats. Premium flats are introduced to provide higher-end flats that come with greater design variety, quality internal finishes/fittings and wider range of external precinct facilities.




Executive Condominiums
With economic growth and higher incomes there are Singaporeans whose income disqualifies them from public housing, yet private properties are beyond their reach. For this group, the government has introduced the "Executive Condominium": These condominiums are built by private developers but priced in between the public housing and private property market.



White Flats
Another type of flat is the White Flat. These are flats that are built without internal partitions to provide owners with the choice and flexibility to decide on the internal layout and finishes to suit their individual tastes and preferences. These flats also give residents the option to periodically remodel their homes as their households evolve.



Studio Apartments
Purpose-built studio apartments were introduced for the elderly to enable them to maintain their independence and privacy, without sacrificing the close company of their children, friends and peers in the neighbourhood. These 35 and 45 square metre bed-sitter apartments are designed with high quality finishes and provided with elderly-friendly fittings and fixtures, as well as communal facilities to allow the elderly to "age in place" within the community.




Rejuvenation of Public Housing Estates: Estate Renewal Strategy

The Estate Renewal Strategy aims to systematically redevelop the older towns/ estates. The strategy is to upgrade the town or estate so that they will be on par with the latest HDB developments. With an improved living environment, both the values of residents' homes and their quality of life are enhanced.

Main Upgrading Programme (MUP)
This programme was launched in 1989 for HDB blocks that were completed in and before 1980 in order to bring the standard of older estates closer to that of the newer ones. It covers improvements to the unit, the block and the precinct. It aims to upgrade the total living environment without uprooting residents from their familiar groups, thereby keeping communities intact.




Interim Upgrading Programme (IUP)
To complement the MUP the IUP targets flats that were completed between 1981 and 1986. It covers improvements to the block and precinct on a smaller scale to enable residents of these flats to enjoy some form of improvement before they are offered the MUP In addition, the IUP Plus that was introduced in 2002 incorporates lift upgrading works with IUP works so that HDB residents can look forward to enjoying lift upgrading earlier.

Lift Upgrading Programme (LUP)
The Lift Upgrading Programme (LUP) was introduced in 2001 to enhance the accessibility of lifts to residents living in high-rise HDB blocks. It upgrades lifts and provides additional lifts and / or new landings at a heavily subsidized rate, so that residents, especially the elderly and disabled, can look forward to convenient, barrier-free accessibility to the lifts from their flats.

Project to Improve the Living Conditions of the Elderly
This project improves the conditions of 1-room rental blocks with a relatively high concentration of elderly households. To make the blocks and flats more elderlyfriendly, lifts are modified to stop on every floor. Other improvements, such as better and brighter lighting in the corridors, non-slip tiles, easier to handle lift-up lever taps and support handbars in the toilets, are also provided.

In addition, all flats are fitted with an alarm system that allows the elderly to call for help with a simple tug of a string. Besides the physical improvements, there are also voluntary welfare organisations to provide community-based care and support services, such as home help, meals and goods delivery and social and recreational programmes.

Selective En-Bloc Redevelopment Scheme (SERS)
SERS was launched in August 1995 to redevelop selected old blocks on prime land into more intensive and better quality housing. With better utilisation of land, the Government is able to share the benefits by offering affected residents the opportunity to upgrade from their present, smaller flats to new and bigger flats without having to leave their existing neighbourhood to which they have been accustomed. This preserves family and community ties and minimises disruptions to the affected families.



Future Challenges

Residents now look beyond just a roof over their heads. With higher expectations of what their homes and living environments should offer, the road ahead is an exciting and challenging one for both designers and planners.

As the designers of public housing continue their search for solutions through experimentation, their greatest challenge is to meet the rising aspirations and higher expectations of a more cosmopolitan generation and translate these needs into viable designs and attractive living environments. Traditional definitions of space will be subject to new interpretations and result in more innovative and adaptive uses, both in and beyond the home.

Flats and towns must be designed to facilitate the formation of new communities and strengthen existing ones. At the same time, designers need to re-examine strategies to provide more space to facilitate communal interaction within and between communities. A liveable town is not merely measured by the significance and prominence of its buildings, but also the quality of the spaces that surround the buildings and arise out of the collage of structures. And because a town continually evolves, "soft" areas without pre-designated functions could be incorporated into the fabric of the town to allow a more organic growth and expansion of the community. Each town and neighbourhood should boast a network of community spaces intricately woven into its structure at all levels.

Another challenge will be creating sustainable highly urban living environments. With limited land resources and an increasing population, public housing developments will have to be built at higher densities and greater building heights. The social and environmental issues that arise out of developments of these densities and scales will need to be addressed.

Above all, residents will expect not only convenience and ease of access to facilities, but also a high standard of housing in an attractive living environment where greenery, infrastructure and amenities are well integrated to promote the building of cohesive communities.

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<tr><td align=left valign=top>The images dont work? They seem to work for some but not others. Any of you can see all the images? If not I gotta find another solution before I continue posting to this thread...</td></tr>
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maybe only Image Station members can see them
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Old May 30th, 2003, 03:43 PM   #7
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Hmm that sounds like a very possible reason. I suppose you are not a member, and hence u cant see them? Would u do me a fantastic favour by signing in and checking if you can see all those pictures afterwards?
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<td align=left valign=center> <smallfont> <b>Quote</B> <I>originally posted by huaiwei </i></b> </smallfont> </td>
<tr><td align=left valign=top>Hmm that sounds like a very possible reason. I suppose you are not a member, and hence u cant see them? Would u do me a fantastic favour by signing in and checking if you can see all those pictures afterwards? </td></tr>
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still cannot lah....

but if u cut and paste the link, it will work. there is too many pics to do that one by one
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Old May 30th, 2003, 04:12 PM   #9
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Damn....ok I gotta move those pictures to somewhere else. Thanks for informing me.
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You sure put in a lot of effort! Congrats for the info
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The above images have been restored. Thanks to those who alerted me to the problem.

I will start uploading the 200 over entries from now. Look out for them. To cater to those with lower internet speeds, I will have to post one picture per post, so that they spread over more pages, so we should have about 20 images per page. Hope this is not too much for them.

Check them out.
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nice work, huaiwei!
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Old November 21st, 2003, 10:54 AM   #13
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Anyone have other designs?
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Wah....i realised all my picture links need updating...haha

Yeah I do have all 202 designs in my pc actually. Gimme a moment till I find that perfect picture host.
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WOW! Where did you get such information?
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WOW! Where did you get such information?
I scanned them all from the book about this competition! It took me hours!
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YOU HAVE A BOOK?!
I feel so sad, I did'nt get it wherever its supposed to be avialbe from. Is it still on sale? Like the other books at the URA gallery.

Erm... I shall say something to the point:
I like the design of Duxton Flats.
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YOU HAVE A BOOK?!
I feel so sad, I did'nt get it wherever its supposed to be avialbe from. Is it still on sale? Like the other books at the URA gallery.

Erm... I shall say something to the point:
I like the design of Duxton Flats.
I could not afford to buy the book. All I simply did was borrow it from the LIBRARY!!! I think its still for sale at the URA too.

As for the design, I actually preferred another finalist design, which was partly designed by...the HDB!

Ok I think I am going to use one particular picture host for this. The plans should be coming up very soon. Stay tuned!
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The picture links for the first two posts have been restored once again. This time, the rest of the proposals are REALLY coming up, as I just uploaded them all. Considering it is over 200 proposals, all in pictorial form, I suppose I have to upload them one picture per post, not just because of your surfing speed, but simply because the picture server I use usually cranks up when it have to handle too big a load simultaneously! Imagine 200 images at the same time?

I will be uploading them over the long term batch by batch, maybe five or more per day of something. Feel free to interrupt anytime if you want to talk about those proposals, because that is precisely why I bother to upload tham at all.

I wished all of these proposals (while..almost all) actually do get built all over the island!
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I suppose the the finalist designed partly by HDB shlould also be one of the most practical right?

I only saw one by a Brazilian comanay I think...
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