Enhancing Liveability, Fostering Communities: Estate Management For Singapore's Public Housing


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Public housing in Singapore is an extensive whole-of-government effort to work with communities and the private sector to ensure that Singaporeans have a liveable and high-quality home environment. Estate management is a less known but equally important aspect of public housing.

Enhancing Liveability, Fostering Communities: Estate Management for Singapore’s Public Housing provides a detailed look at the behind-the-scenes work that government agencies like the Housing and Development Board (HDB), the Town Councils, and community and private companies put into keeping public housing estates clean, safe and liveable. Drawing on the insights from many housing pioneers, this Urban System Study explores the historical development of an islandwide system of maintenance and rejuvenation, which ensures HDB homes and estates uphold their liveability.

“Over the years, the HDB and the Town Councils have continued to maintain a high standard of estate management and implement new technologies to enhance its effectiveness. Why and how this has been done is the subject of this publication. It brings together the voices of the early pioneers and the quiet, dedicated warriors keeping HDB estates well maintained while pushing for innovation. This book provides food for thought and lessons to learn, even as it looks ahead to the future of estate management.” - Chong Kim Chang, Deputy CEO, Housing and Development Board (1985–96)