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Silver cities: planning for an ageing population in Singapore. An urban planning policy case study of Kampung Admiralty

Simona Azzali (College of Architecture and Design, Prince Sultan University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) (James Cook University Australia – Singapore Campus, Singapore, Singapore)
André Siew Yeong Yew (James Cook University Australia – Singapore Campus, Singapore, Singapore)
Caroline Wong (James Cook University Australia – Singapore Campus, Singapore, Singapore)
Taha Chaiechi (James Cook University, Townsville, Australia)

Archnet-IJAR

ISSN: 2631-6862

Article publication date: 25 April 2022

Issue publication date: 6 June 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper explores ways in which Singapore adapts its planning policy and practices to meet the needs of its growing silver population, particularly the relationship between ageing related policies and its urban development strategies.

Design/methodology/approach

The research assesses Singapore's urban planning policies for the ageing population against the WHO framework for age-friendly cities using Kampung Admiralty (KA) (a pioneering project of integrated housing cum community for the ageing population) as a case study for the analysis. The methodology adopted includes a post-occupancy evaluation and a walking tour of the selected case study (Kampung Admiralty), and an analysis of Singapore's ageing policies in relation to urban planning governance.

Findings

The study examines the role and significance of a multi-agency collaborative governance structure in ageing planning policies with diverse stakeholders in the project. The evaluation carried out on KA reveals the challenges and opportunities in urbanisation planning for the ageing population. This paper concludes by emphasising the potential of multi-collaborative governance and policymaking in creating an inclusive, liveable built environment for the ageing population in Singapore, particularly but also potential implications for other ASEAN tropical cities.

Practical implications

The case study identified key issues in Singapore's urban planning for betterment in ageing and highlighted the requirement for enhancing urban planning strategies.

Originality/value

This article fulfils an identified need for the Singapore government to address the issue of ageing by providing affordable and silver-friendly housing to its ageing population.

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Acknowledgements

The contents of this article are solely the responsibility of the authors. This research was supported by the JCUA and JCUS cross-collaboration scheme #IRG20200016. The authors would also like to express their thanks to Pedro Santa Rivera for his comments and review on Kampung Admiralty's planning policy and Prince Sultan University for their support.

Citation

Azzali, S., Yew, A.S.Y., Wong, C. and Chaiechi, T. (2022), "Silver cities: planning for an ageing population in Singapore. An urban planning policy case study of Kampung Admiralty", Archnet-IJAR, Vol. 16 No. 2, pp. 281-306. https://doi.org/10.1108/ARCH-09-2021-0252

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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