by YEOW Bok Guan
By 2030, Singapore’s population is poised to hit 6.9 million in spite of a rapidly ageing population with persistently low fertility rates. This is achieved through an open door policy projecting a foreign work force of 2.5 million. By then, one in two workers will be a foreigner. Where will these future nation builders stay in a predominantly home-owning nation?
The thesis explores an alternative solution to housing this diverse and pluralistic demographic within the Housing Development Board’s (HDB) public housing estate. As opposed to the urban zoning of social economic classes, the HDB’s role expands from being an instrument to one that integrates Singapore’s workers.
The thesis proposal aims to root this demographic, increasing citizenship uptake and hence, shift the public housing instrument to one that cultivates human capital.