Chung Yen Ling
Healthscape: Maximising health in future communities
Thesis Supervisor: A/P Fung John Chye
Site: Greater Southern Waterfront, Singapore, Year 2099
Health and wellbeing are increasingly crucial to urban communities, especially for societies with an ageing population. This thesis anticipates the important role of planning and design in promoting urban public health, with the current Covid-19 pandemic in mind. The underlying hypothesis is that the physical environment not only supports health, but could be instrumental in generating health. Here, is a paradigm shift that advances the conception and designing of environments to nudge behaviours in self-health and communal healthcare.
The overarching vision of Healthscape was demonstrated in a masterplan
developed in Semester 1, with planning and design strategies to promote public health at different spatial scales and a multitude of activities. The current architectural thesis investigated different strategies that translate the ideas of health-sustaining and health-generating designs at neighbourhood, building and dwelling unit scales. The resultant architecture is an integration of multiple health and communal functions in a new spatial-formal typology that creates a desirable living environment for future communities. The design broadens the prevailing architectural milieu which considers health at the building scale to encompass the larger health ecosystem of a future neighbourhood.
Translation to Design
In Semester 1, research showed that changes in future demographics, technology and environment will result in challenges and opportunities for the individual to take greater control of their own health. As a result, the health district requires health-generating and health-sustaining spaces for the future population. The translation from research to design via creation of relevant design strategies is illustrated here (View from right to left).
The future Healthscape addresses the physical and cognitive needs of different age groups, with consideration of changing demographics and technology in the future.
Health-Generating Spaces (Precinct)
The neighbourhood is divided into 8 precincts (blocks). The precinct core contains health-generating spaces to enhance health of the residents, both passively and actively. Some of these health-generating spaces are illustrated below.
Electrochromic facades and smart gardens for each unit allows for small-scale gardening and encourages interaction. The overlapping of corridors and units also promotes socialization between neighbours.
Serving 300 residents each, it provides health-sustaining elements such as health education and screening, and health-generation such as promoting social interaction and easy access to nature.
In the larger precinct scale (2,500 residents), the community board forms a central element, connecting needs and abilities of different residents in the precinct (facilitate mutual assistance).
In the co-working area, the hub provides passive health through visual connection to the urban farm. It also encourages active health, by providing the opportunity to engage in urban farming as a break from work.
The health-generating and health-sustaining elements are complemented by the future open-plan unit with flexible room components. The modularity and enclosed nature of the room pods offer possibilites in creating ideal living environments suiting the individual.