Tampines used to be home to many villages, farms and plantations. Stretching from the 6th milestone of Serangoon Road (where Kovan stands today) to Changi Road, it played an important role in Singapore’s urban redevelopment with sand from its quarries being used in many construction projects across the country. In the 1980s, Tampines transformed from a rural area into a modern satellite town. With its construction beginning in 1979, Tampines New Town was the first town in Singapore to be developed on a precinct concept–one which was aimed at promoting a spirit of neighbourliness and a sense of belonging among residents through thoughtful design and imaginative architecture. In fact, it was here in Tampines that the Housing and Development Board (HDB) first introduced features such as angled and curved blocks, pitched roofs, round balconies and roof-top gardens.
Join us as we explore the heritage of one of Singapore’s most quintessential housing estates through this story map.
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This story map does not show a comprehensive coverage of the places of interest in Tampines.
The title of the base map used in this story map is “Singapore. Tampines” (1992).
This story map used related articles in Infopedia, HistorySG, BiblioAsia, and Roots as references. It also consulted the following books: Singapore Street Names: A Study of Toponymics (2013), What’s in the Name?: How the Streets and Villages in Singapore Got Their Names (2018), Tampines: Heritage Trail (2017), Ray Tyers’ Singapore: Then & Now (2018), Singapore: A Guide to Buildings, Streets, Places (1988), and Singapore: A Pictorial History 1819-2000 (1999).