Pushing the Boundaries

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An architect and urban planner, Dr Cheong Koon Hean has steadily pushed the goal post further than most, to build a greener and better world.

Her portfolios – currently public housing and previously, urban planning – share many fundamental similarities in vision and synergies. Working together in unison, both HDB and the Urban Redevelopment Authority, which Dr Cheong used to head, translate macro planning goals into reality and shape environments for people and businesses to thrive.

The Pinnacle @ Duxton in Tanjong Pagar, an area of historic significance, is a prime example of how public housing and urban planning intersect in a winning way. First conceived to test high-density high-rise living when Dr Cheong was in URA, the first 50-storeyed public housing residential development on a prime city site was successfully built by HDB. The project demonstrated the keen desire of Singapore’s housing and urban planners to preserve history and heritage while redeveloping the area to its fullest potential;
at the same time achieving a remarkable signature public housing project.

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