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The emphasis on social harmony and social development differentiates the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-city from eco-cities elsewhere. The Eco-city welcomes residents from various backgrounds and income groups who are interested in eco-living and sustainable development.

Singapore agencies are working closely with the Eco-city Administrative Committee to promote social harmony and community-building in the Eco-city.

[Photo caption]: Public housing in the Eco-city is modelled after Singapore’s HDB flats. The Community Centres in the Eco-city are modelled after Singapore’s integrated Community Clubs.
[Photo caption]: Public housing in the Eco-city is modelled after Singapore’s HDB flats. The Community Centres in the Eco-city are modelled after Singapore’s integrated Community Clubs.

Township planning

The Eco-City has adopted an eco-cell concept, similar to Singapore’s township planning, to ensure provision of public social amenities within walking distance of residential estates. There are currently three Community Centres, drawing reference from Singapore’s integrated Community Clubs, to provide a common space for residents to gather and to promote community bonding. These Community Centres have leisure and sports amenities, retail and F&B outlets, community library and community health centres. The Eco-city currently have nine kindergartens, six schools (mixture of primary, junior high and senior high schools), public parks linked by park-connectors, and a Tianjin Medical University Sino-Singapore Eco-city Hospital to serve the education, recreation and healthcare needs of the residents.

[Photo caption]: Public housing in the Eco-city is modelled after Singapore’s HDB flats.
[Photo caption]: Public housing in the Eco-city is modelled after Singapore’s HDB flats.

Public Housing Policy Framework

Residential developments in the Eco-city include both public and private housing, with its public housing policies modelled after Singapore’s to provide affordable housing to the residents. HDB and Eco-city Administrative Committee have jointly formulated the Public Housing Policy Framework for the Eco-city, which has adopted key features of Singapore's public housing model. For example, the Eco-city will adopt a "closed" system, whereby residents will be required to occupy the flat for a minimum occupation period (MOP), and a household can only own one flat at any one time. Thereafter, eligible sellers can only sell their flats to eligible applicants on the public housing queue, and the flats will remain as public housing even after the MOP is met. Public housing will also be primarily for home ownership, which helps to give residents in the Eco-city a stronger stake in its development.


Community interaction and school visits

[Photo caption]; During Chingay 2014, the Eco-city presented a performance that conveyed a strong eco theme, with three mascots symbolising “Environment”, “Innovation” and “Water”.
[Photo caption]; During Chingay 2014, the Eco-city presented a performance that conveyed a strong eco theme, with three mascots symbolising “Environment”, “Innovation” and “Water”.

Eco-city grassroots leaders and residents visited Singapore for the first time in 2014 to take part in Singapore’s Chingay Parade. During their stay in Singapore, they learnt about Singapore’s environmental education and community outreach efforts. They visited HDB’s pilot project on environment-friendly housing estate at Yuhua, and the biodiversity habitats in Commonwealth Secondary School. They also visited Jurong Lake to learn how Singapore integrates its parks, reservoirs and waterways and the community, and transforms the network of drains, canals and reservoirs into beautiful and vibrant waterscapes for recreation and community bonding.

The community interaction visit has become an annual event, where Eco-city grassroots leaders and residents visit Singapore every year to learn about Singapore’s experience in social governance and community engagement. Schools from Singapore and Eco-city have also been organising student exchanges regularly.








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