Neighbourhood Renewal Programme (NRP) at Woodgrove and Limbang Division

by Participate in Design


How might we bring communities together to co-create our neighbourhood in a top-down focussed environment like Singapore? The Neighbourhood Renewal Programme (NRP) at Woodgrove and Limbang presented us with a different opportunity from the outset, where we were given an opportunity to explore deeper and more authentic way of engaging the residents in co-creation of our built spaces. Through this participatory design process, residents and design experts were given a platform to collaborate, and create meaningful spaces which foster a greater sense of pride and ownership.


Project Description


Neighbourhood Renewal Programme (NRP) focuses on block and precinct improvements of a Housing Development Board estate. In most NRPs previously implemented in other neighbourhoods, residents were typically asked to select their preferred improvement works from a predetermined list via survey forms.


The NRP at Woodgrove and Limbang presented us with a different opportunity from the outset, where Town Council desire for a deeper and more authentic way of engaging the residents. Residents were engaged through a series of participatory design activities such as community pop-ups, walking conversations and design workshops, to contribute their ideas and visions for their neighbourhood. Through this participatory process, residents and design experts were given a platform to collaborate, and create meaningful spaces which foster a greater sense of pride and ownership.


Such a methodology celebrates our heartland community as local experts, and allow us to look at our local communities as not just mere consumers, but also as collaborators when it comes to the design of public spaces.



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01 - Community Design Workshop 02 - Community Engagement in Woodgrove and Limbang 03 - Engagement for Limbang Green Spine 04 -Walking Conversation at Limbang

Woodgrove process


Limbang Process






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