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SG HDB competition sources better living ideas

Property Here - Monday, March 25, 2013

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By Shabnam Muzammil:

The Housing and Development Board (HDB) yesterday launched the Cool Ideas for Better HDB Living competition at Nee Soon East Community Club.  

This year's programme was expanded to residents in two more constituencies — Sembawang and Nee Soon GRCs.   

Officiated by Lee Yi-Shyan, Senior Minister of State for Trade & Industry and National Development, and Grassroots Adviser, Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, the event required HDB residents to come up with solutions for three daily living issues — cooking left unattended in homes, household recycling and rainwater splashing along common areas and corridors.

Also showcased were the winning prototypes from the Call for Ideas on unsolicited flyers, won by husband and wife team Quek Yang Thee and Haze Tay, and the Student Design Competition (University level) on incense burning and window cleaning, awarded to a team from Nanyang Technological University.

Launched back in July 2011, the initiative has attracted over 100 ideas from the community. 

Proposed by National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan in his blog entry titled “Solving Daily Problems”, the programme also engages the public through three different platforms: Constituency Competitions for residents, Design Competitions for students, and Calls for Ideas via Facebook for the online community.

Image: Winning idea - Portable Incense Burner by students from Nanyang Technological University


Shabnam Muzammil, Senior Journalist at PropertyGuru, wrote this story. To contact her about this or other stories email