An apartment in the sky – the story of public housing in Singapore

In the 1960s most Singaporeans lived in poor rental accommodation or in shanty towns. Today 87% of the population live in flats built by the government in a country with one of the highest population densities in the world.

So, what can be learned from the Singapore story?

In this documentary from ABC Radio’s Rear Vision series, journalist Annabelle Quince investigates. Click on the image below to listen.

Watch David Gan’s Paintings, an entry in the Where The Heart Is competition, for a portrait of an HDB estate undergoing a lick of new paint, below, while also do check out Diya Tan’s affectionate documentary about life Downstairs in the void decks of HDB estates.

You can check out three more excellent ABC radio documentaries on Singapore, below.

Meeting with contemporary Singaporean poets.

Singapore’s cultural landscape explored.

Singapore’s visual arts scene.

 

 

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