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In 2001/2, the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Singapore organized an International Architectural Design Competition for a high-density and very high-rise public housing development at Duxton Plain in the Central Area of Singapore. Public Housing in Singapore is no longer low-cost housing but rather quality affordable housing. The Competition called for fresh, innovative and new approaches to designing high-density and very high-rise public housing to optimize land use and meet the lifestyle needs and rising aspirations of the residents. As public housing is a subsidized form of housing, the public housing development shall also be cost-effective in offering the best public housing available within the given budget. In view of the historical significance of the site as the place where the first public housing blocks were built by HDB in the area in 1963/4, the development is envisaged to be a landmark housing development. It can be built for up to 50 storeys high, making it the tallest public housing in Singapore. The winner of the Competition was appointed as the Project Architect for the development. This public housing scheme was built by Singapore's Housing & Development Board (HDB), and is part of an urban renewal strategy to attract new households into the city to rejuvenate the Tanjong Pagar area. This publication documents the whole Competition process, from its inception and organization, through judging, to the award presentation. It showcases the Winning Scheme, as well as the other four Stage Two short-listed schemes. It also serves as a resource for the wealth of ideas received from the 202 Stage One submissions. (Quoted from Preface). Colorful coffee-table picture book with 188 oversize pages with numerous color photos, drawings, plans, and detailed descriptions.
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