Diversity, Empowerment, Adaptability, Resilience

by COLOURS: Collectively OURS

As society matures, we believe the role of designers have to evolve as well. Working with communities and envisioning new prototypes have certainly challenged the conventional design process, but has also brought about emerging ideals of adaptable place-making, empowering diverse communities, and building a resilient society. The MOHT Jurong Health Precinct Project showcases how designers could solicit inputs from residents in a systematic, scientific manner, and translate them into potential new opportunities to improve the urbanscape and programming for healthy living. TOUCHpoint @ AMK433 shows how working with residents and stakeholders was able to bring forth a new typology that empowers the seniors not only to age-in-place but also to age-in-community. Together, these projects show the urban prototypes that would open up new solutions to socially sustainable urban living.

MOHT Jurong Lake District Healthy Precinct Project

Jurong Lake District (JLD) Healthy Precinct Project is a project by MOH Office for Healthcare Transformation (MOHT), together with Collectively Ours (COLOURS), in conducting an in-depth site- specific research and behavioural needs assessment of 4 behaviours: Physical Activity, Healthy Eating, Socialisation and Sleep within a selected Jurong area.

JLD Healthy Precinct Project originated from the vision to implement an integrated, comprehensive, whole-of-ecosystem approach to health promotion, based on the Socio-ecological Model for health promotion. It was understood that health behaviours are not shaped just by knowledge, but also by the environment and community and cultural norms. As such, the JLD Healthy Precinct Project is one of the pilot projects that aimed to understand the socio-environmental determinants of health behaviours.

Among the various methods conducted, a prominent assessment was the “Kopi Chat” session that adapted the approach of Q-methodology, a social science research method used to systematically study people's viewpoints. Kopi Chat was presented as a mini game to make community engagement more enjoyable. Participants were asked to rank 25 quotes based on what they agreed with the most to least. Factor analysis was subsequently used to identify the most distinctive latent factors, representing common shared ways of thinking.

Cross-examination of site and programmatic mappings, needs assessments, and data analytics culminated in 20 problem statements, categorized among various archetypes and health behaviours. These problem statements serve as useful guidelines in co-creating future urban planning, architectural design and community programming for a Healthy Precinct in JLD and Greater JLD.


01 - MOHT Healthy Precinct Framework 02 - Environment Audit of Jurong (green & blue spaces) 03 - Archetype Matrix (with factor analysis heat map) 04 - Q-Method (with engagement photos) 05 - Factor Analysis – discovering the underlying latent factors of health behaviours

TOUCHpoint @ AMK433

In collaboration with Freight Architects

As a prototype of the book project Second Beginnings, TOUCHpoint @ AMK433 by TOUCH Community Services is a concrete example of how the new typology of senior living can raise residents’ quality of life. TOUCHpoint is the first to transform existing ‘void deck’ into a seamless ribbon of indoor-outdoor space amidst greenery, with interconnected pavilions that allow pockets of activities to co-exist. The place promotes holistic wellness through physical, social and mental stimulations, integrating 5 programmed indoor-outdoor spaces – Gym Tonic strength training programme, rehabilitative therapy and consultation, common activity area, outdoor pavilions, and fenceless community farm. It offers interest- based activities, opportunities for exercise and rehabilitation, health services and, above all, equip seniors with skills to help other frailer and more vulnerable seniors to stay in the community.

The void deck remains largely a public space for all, giving seniors more flexibility to use these spaces collaboratively, heightening their sense of ownership. Since its opening, there are around 65-80 residents participating in various activities every day. Regular exercise, arts activities and festival celebrations are held, while more activities are being requested since its opening.

A “Participatory Evaluation” with the residents empowers them to develop processes to evaluate the facilities and initiated new programmes to enhance the place – community gardening, group exercising, and co-learning. All these initiatives by the residents facilitated by TOUCH signals the initial success and potential of TOUCHpoint to further enhance the quality of life for seniors, and foster a culture of mutual support among residents.

The design of TOUCHpoint has since gained international recognition by winning the Wellness Integration of the Year at the 7th Eldercare Innovation Awards 2019.


01 - Community participatory workshop at the actual site itself to solicit design feedbacks and programme ideas from the residents 02 - Based on residents’ inputs, the new drop-off shelter was designed to serve the needs of the residents as well as function as a community space for them to hang out 03 - The shelter extended from the void deck facilitates a flow of space from indoor to outdoor and promotes more outdoor activities 04 - Adaptable seats and mobile furniture were installed to allow adaptability of space for different activities 05 - The resulting design promotes holistic wellness through physical, social and mental stimulations

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