Is Tengah New Town relevant to Singapore’s urbanisation?

I attended a private discussion triggered by the Tengah project organised by pioneer architect Tan Cheng Siong and attended by a number of senior architects, former planners and a few younger building professionals on 27th Oct. 2016.

Tengah is called a Forest Town, a bold attempt to urbanise a forest, taking Singapore’s City in a Garden concept to a new level. The key feature of the design is a linear forest park that threads through the town. The following are my own views in 3 phases:

1. Firstly housing is a socio-political thing. How does Tengah fit in? Here there are two key issues.

One is the protection of asset value of existing flats owned by the old and second is affordability for younger voters. It would seem that Tengah addresses only the young. For the old, protection of their asset value is their greatest concern. Tengah is therefore not for them.

More foreigners can boost asset value. Thus 6.9 or even 10 million, notwithstanding congestion. Grants help young buyers while protecting existing asset value of the old. Reverse mortgage and other financial schemes in addition are necessary. The problematic is if Tengah is only for the young, will it upset desirable family spatial relations?

2. Master Plan implications: In principle, building on brown sites is preferable to building on green sites. My YouTube video ”Singapore version 2.0” shows that land vacated by the port’s move to Tuas, can accommodate 1 million people stretching from Pandan Reservoir on the west to Marina East.

Together with the availability of Paya Lebar Airport there should be no need to build on any precious forest land. Building on MRT sites plus infills within existing developments can add more floor space. Synergy with Cleantech Park does not need a whole new town next to it.

 

Tay Kheng Soon

 

 

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13 Responses to “Is Tengah New Town relevant to Singapore’s urbanisation?”

  • N.Jungne:

    Follow the trend, someone needs to make a Christmas gift mah.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    The JackPot Machine will be Ringing in the good Cheer LEEgaly!!!

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  • LIONS:

    2. Master Plan implications: In principle, building on brown sites is preferable to building on green sites. My YouTube video ”Singapore version 2.0” shows that land vacated by the port’s move to Tuas, can accommodate 1 million people stretching from Pandan Reservoir on the west to Marina East.

    Together with the availability of Paya Lebar Airport there should be no need to build on any precious forest land. Building on MRT sites plus infills within existing developments can add more floor space. Synergy with Cleantech Park does not need a whole new town next to it.

    Tay Kheng Soon
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    MrTay,bro of good tay eng soon.

    cant agree more.

    point is CLOWNS become MND ministers and so the outcome is a big joke.

    real talents are outside of PAP.
    Yet,goh cock tong says not enough,must pay more,more,more!

    btw,HOW ABOUT CATERING TO AGEING POPULACTION too?

    maybe we can allocate a couple or more UNDER-UTILISED GOLF COURSES TO BUILD DECENT RETIREMENT VILLAGES to accomodate our AGING NATION-BUILDERS instead of turning these pieces of land to cater to RICH FOREIGNERS like SENTOSA COVE?

    MR TAY,you ought to head the MND !

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  • sht:

    Tengah new town is for new citizens from third world, boosting the population towards 10M.

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  • Bapak:

    I always believe there was an underground condo facility already built for the elites. Any confirmation?

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  • rukidding:

    Last time we used to say that those “politicians” from our next door neighbours were “all corrupted” and that “they” were “feeding their cronies” from all those projects “they lifted”.

    I wonder have we actually “degress” towards our neighbour’s past bad habits ??

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  • senior citizens:

    @LIONS:
    December 18, 2018 at 4:37 pm (Quote)

    “maybe we can allocate a couple or more UNDER-UTILISED GOLF COURSES TO BUILD DECENT RETIREMENT VILLAGES to accomodate our AGING NATION-BUILDERS instead of turning these pieces of land to cater to RICH FOREIGNERS like SENTOSA COVE”.

    Hi bro

    agree with what you suggest.

    hope oppo can win and take this up.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Bapak:
    I always believe there was an underground condo facility already built for the elites. Any confirmation?

    It is Below the Golf course @ Changi Airport…a safe Haven for all the Bastards in case of Natural and Man-Made Disaster…

    and…Like the Rats that they are they will crawl out from the HOLE when it is all OVER!!!…similar to the Sewer Rat who hid after selling out his country and people to Sleep with Japs and run for his life after the war to avoid families seeking Revenge who were hunting down the Sewer Rats and Running Dogs of the Japs

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  • Heaven knows best:

    @ patriot

    Trust me, those evil-doers won’t go far as hiding underground (Changi, Oxley, wherever) goes, because those subterranean hideouts/hideaways they so seek to shelter their families in will eventually be overcome and overwhelmed by deadly deluges of mud & floodwaters – ironically the very outcome of their destructive retarded development policies – to eventually their and their lived ones’ lives, rest assured.

    What irks, though, is that those who will end up this way – and they will, God has promised – will only be the underlings and not the land’s biggest criminals & blackest sinners who will have been the first to literally take flight.

    One can only pray His Almighty’s hand will eventually bring down – literally – whatever mode of air transport those evil-doers on Satan’s bidding will meet a terrible end, an end so unimaginably horrendously horrifying that the watching world may learn and then educate its future generations on the lessons of crimes & sins against fellow humankind and what divine punishment they ultimately bring to and upon oneself and one’s best beloved. Amen.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    sht:
    Tengah new town is for new citizens from third world, boosting the population towards 10M.

    That’s the only logical explanation since SG population is not increasing! So this new land and buildings are mainly for foreigners!

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  • jam sinkie land to the hilt:

    //That’s the only logical explanation since SG population is not increasing!//

    well, sinkies’ TFR is less than 2.1 as they are finding it tough here (no resources yet high cost base in a small space) while the white monkey idiots are jamming sinkie land to the hilt (to make whatever precious little space even squeezy) so that they and the white idiotic gang can have even more ‘room’ to rent seek better under ownself-check-ownself system.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Heaven knows best:
    @ patriot

    Trust me, those evil-doers won’t go far as hiding underground (Changi, Oxley, wherever) goes, because those subterranean hideouts/hideaways they so seek to shelter their families in will eventually be overcome and overwhelmed by deadly deluges of mud & floodwaters – ironically the very outcome of their destructive retarded development policies – to eventually their and their lived ones’ lives, rest assured.

    What irks, though, is that those who will end up this way – and they will, God has promised – will only be the underlings and not the land’s biggest criminals & blackest sinners who will have been the first to literally take flight.

    One can only pray His Almighty’s hand will eventually bring down – literally – whatever mode of air transport those evil-doers on Satan’s bidding will meet a terrible end, an end so unimaginably horrendously horrifying that the watching world may learn and then educate its future generations on the lessons of crimes & sins against fellow humankind and what divine punishment they ultimately bring to and upon oneself and one’s best beloved. Amen.

    So BE IT!!!

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  • kopitiam ah pek:

    LIONS:
    December 18, 2018 at 4:37 pm (Quote)

    “maybe we can allocate a couple or more UNDER-UTILISED GOLF COURSES TO BUILD DECENT RETIREMENT VILLAGES to accomodate our AGING NATION-BUILDERS instead of turning these pieces of land to cater to RICH FOREIGNERS like SENTOSA COVE?”

    Hi LIONS

    cant agree more.
    i am living alone in my old HDB flat.
    hope to sell it for some money and buy a simple retirement home build by HDB at affordable price and budget the rest for old age like medicals etc.

    we spent our early life helping to build this nation only to lose almost everything.
    if we cannot even get some retirement money from our HDB,it will be a rather sad thing.

    the government owe this to us.
    they should at least help us by looking into this matter.
    many older sgs live by themselves and heavy burden on their little savings because of high cost of living.
    and,if i sell my HDB without a retirement home,i have to pay lots of rent for just a room.

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