Commercial space in HDB towns

The City Form Lab is collaborating with the Singapore Housing and Development Board (HDB) and Savills Real Estate consultants on preparing a new planning norm for the provision of commercial facilities in Singapore's public housing towns, which accommodate 85 percent of the city state’s population. The study aims to create a model for:

1. Determining the quantum of commerce,
2. Determining the mix of commerce,
3. Determining the location of commerce and
4. Determining the typology of commerce

in Singapore's future HDB towns. As part of the study, we are expanding Urban Network Analysis software tools for the spatial distribution of commercial space and developing a comprehensive assessment tool for determining the sustainable quantum of retail and service needs given variable housing, employment and visitor densities in different HDB towns.