Singapore to invest S$1m in research on how built environment affects mental health

Singapore to invest S$1m in research on how built environment affects mental health

To link the built environment with psychological well-being, A*STAR researchers have suggested creating a platform and an indicator of signals.

The final conclusions you aid city planners in better understanding and shaping the city’s future. It could also affect where facilities are located, land use design, and the power of a land development.

The Housing Development Board and the Urban Redevelopment Authority both commissioned the study project. It falls under the Research, Innovation and Enterprise 2025 Masterplan, to which the government committed S$ 28 billion in 2020.

On Tuesday, Mr Heng noted that cities must constantly evolve and grow” great hard system”. These include structures, highways, ports, and airports to increase accessibility and convenience.

” And likewise, cities need soft system – for people to form interpersonal relationships and build a sense of group and identity”, he added.

” Both these aspects are essential in keeping locations buzzing, energetic and cohesive”.


Singapore has still been able to cover about 40 % of its area with greenery despite having limited land area and having some competing needs, according to Mr. Michael Leong, mature senior director of SAA Architects, a representative firm of the Surbana Jurong Group.

According to studies,” the presence of greenery in our physical environment, whether it’s just being in a park, a garden, or even just looking at it,” he told Singapore Tonight.

Being able to create an environment that makes that possible requires a lot of time, he said, adding that having that knowledge is crucial.

In terms of a design element, Mr. Leong stated that public spaces should enable communities to unite, particularly in an intergenerational setting.