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Title: THE PROMISED PARADISE: A STUDY ON PUBLIC HOUSING TYPOLOGIES FOR ELDERLY INDEPENDENT LIVING IN SINGAPORE
Authors: ZHONG HE
Keywords: Architecture
Design Technology and Sustainability
DTS
Master
Tan Beng Kiang
2012/2013 Aki DTS
Arch
Elderly
Public Housing
Typology
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2014
Citation: ZHONG HE (2014-10-01). THE PROMISED PARADISE: A STUDY ON PUBLIC HOUSING TYPOLOGIES FOR ELDERLY INDEPENDENT LIVING IN SINGAPORE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: An ageing population is one of the key challenges which Singapore is facing. It is projected that, by 2030, the percentage of elderly aged 65 years and above will reach 19% of the total population. One of the major concerns of elderly is the quality of life in their old age. As a basic need, housing is important not only because elderly need comfortable shelters but also because it provides a social environment for them to interact within the community. In order to deal with the challenges, Singapore Housing and Development Board (HDB) has developed several elderly housing schemes ranging from the Multi-generation Flats, Granny Flats, Studio Apartments, new Multi-Generation Flats and Flexi-layout Flats. This dissertation seeks to evaluate how well do the existing public housing typologies meet the needs and aspirations of the elderly in Singapore with emphasis on independent living and attempts to suggest improvements and alternatives in this field. To examine their effectiveness and propose possible improvements, literature review is carried out to understand physiological and psychological needs of elderly and used as the basis to form a set of design criteria. Based on these criteria, housing typologies are assessed. Qualitative approaches are employed, for example, site visits and interviews are conducted to investigate the elderly residents’ level of satisfaction with their living conditions. Subsequently, this dissertation paper goes beyond the basic design criteria and explores unit spatial arrangements, unit types and distributions, as well as block forms. Other alternatives of elderly public housing typologies are proposed and analyzed. Eventually, this paper also serves as a reference point for designing of future elderly public housing typologies in Singapore.
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