Housing & Development Board (HDB), Singapore’s public housing authority has launched a new landscape guide “not only serves to integrate designs at the precinct or town level, it also provides a comprehensive and up-to-date reference on the new standards and important landscape design principles for HDB estates.” MOS Maliki Osman also stated that “built environment is landscaped also plays an important role in creating spaces that are visually attractive and functional for the community. More than just verdant greenery, the creative use of landscape design at the precinct, neighbourhood and town levels can enhance the quality of recreational areas, add to community vibrancy and improve the ambient temperature and surroundings.”
The guide has three sections – a background on the history of estates and also general guidelines on upgrading existing estates and future design requirements for future estates; overview of types of landscape spaces including hardscape and softscape considerations; lastly, a section that provides more detail and concepts such as water sustainable urban design, rooftop and vertical greenery.
The guide is available online as a digital e-book which can be also download as a pdf.
IMAGE CREDIT | HDB – Screen Capture of the digital e-book