HDB played an active role in fostering community bonding this financial year, through programmes such as Hello Neighbour! @ Tampines, HDB Community Week and SG Heart Map.
Hello Neighbour! @ Tampines
The Hello Neighbour! @ Tampines Central project was held from May 2014 to December 2015. The programme tested out the effectiveness of 2 design typologies, namely the Social Linkway and Neighbourhood Incubator. The Social Linkway is a common walkway energised by adjacent new social spaces to promote community interaction. The Neighbourhood Incubator seeks to turn void deck spaces into a convenient one-stop hub for residents to participate in community activities and workshops.
A celebratory event, Tampines Central Neighbours’ Day, was held on 30 January 2016 to demonstrate how these newly-designed spaces could be used. The event saw a turnout of about 100 Tampines residents.
HDB Community Week
The 4th HDB Community Week was held in Toa Payoh over 10 days in May 2015, with the objective of encouraging greater community involvement and spreading messages on neighbourliness. The exhibition was launched on 22 May 2015 and attracted close to 19,000 visitors.
In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Toa Payoh, the event saw the launch of a commemorative electronic photo book, ‘Friendly Faces, Lively Places: Toa Payoh in Pictures, 1965 – 2015’. Other key highlights included the Good Neighbour Award, Good Neighbours Project (Youth), Community-Participatory Projects, Heartland Youthoria!, and Pre-school Storybook II – Maddie’s New Neighbours.
SG Heart Map
HDB played the lead role in the organisation of SG Heart Map – one of the SG50 programmes commemorating Singapore’s 50th birthday. The crowd-sourced programme aimed to capture Singaporeans’ personal stories of places which are special to them.
The 1-year SG Heart Map programme was officially launched in November 2014 and culminated in a celebratory finale event, the ‘SG Heart Map Festival @ Float’, held from 26 November 2015 to 29 November 2015. The concluding event attracted 135,000 visitors over 4 days.