15 July 2017
Funded by the National Research Foundation and Ministry of National Development

Co-PI: Dr Wong Chek Hooi (GERI, AHPL)

Partners: CPG Consultants, Tierra Design, Lekker

Collaborators: Dr Hyowon Lee (ISTD, SUTD), Assoc Prof Ngai-Man Cheung (ISTD, SUTD), Mr Michael Budig (ASD, SUTD), Prof Erwin Viray (ASD, SUTD), KTPH, AIM & Associates, URA, MOH, BCA, AIC, HDB

PI: Dr Belinda Yuen (LKYCIC, SUTD)
Co-PI: Dr Hou Yuting, Dr Anna Lane (LKYCIC, SUTD)
Team: Dr Špela Močnik , Dr Rashed Bhuyan, Ms Adithi Moogoor, Mr Winston Yap, Ms Rochelle Chua (LKYCIC, SUTD)

The overarching objective of this project is to enable ageing in place through the development and application of broad age-friendly planning guidelines and context-specific urban design strategies. The project encompasses two consecutive phases of translational research, each with specific aims and outputs. Phase 1 is the primary research phase that aims to: a) investigate and unpack the complex relationships between physical, built environment and health in later life through application of robust research methods at three study neighbourhoods; and use empirical evidence to develop age-friendly planning and design guidelines for neighbourhood implementation. Phase 2 aims to move the research into real-world practice, applying the evidence-based guidelines from Phase 1 to develop three preliminary, context-specific, age-friendly neighbourhood design strategies and interventions as well as a post-implementation evaluation toolkit. Co-design is a constitutive element to help ensure that project results meet end-user needs and are useable in Singapore neighbourhoods and towns (existing and future).


Discover more about Innovative Planning and Design of Age-friendly Neighbourhoods in Singapore at the latest URA Urban Lab exhibition, Designing Our Age-friendly City, 17 Oct – 31 Dec 2019, URA Centre Atrium.


Publications and Presentations

  • A Moogoor, S Mocnik and Yuen, Belinda (2022).  Neighbourhood environmental influences on older adults’ physical activities and social participation in Singapore,  A photovoice study,  Social science and medicine.  doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2022.115288 
  • S Mocnik, A Moogoor and Yuen, Belinda (2022). Exploring facilitators and barriers of older adults’ outdoor mobility: A walk-along study in Singapore Journal of Transport and Health, Volume 26, 101386 
  • Yuen, Belinda, R Bhuyan, S Song, A Moogoor, W Yap, S Mocnik and R Chua (2022). Age-friendly Neighbourhood Planning and Design Guidelines: A Singapore Case Study, World Scientific 
  • Yuen, Belinda, R Bhuyan, A Dieterich, W Yap and R Chua (2022). Age-friendly Neighbourhood Post-implementation Toolkit, World Scientific (electronic print) 
  • Yuen, Belinda, S Mocnik, A Moogoor, A Dieterich, W Yap and R Bhuyan (2022). Age-friendly Neighbourhood Environmental Audit Toolkit, World Scientific (electronic print)  
  • Hou, Yuting., Moogoor, Adithi., Dieterich, Anna., Song, Siqi., and Yuen, Belinda. (2021) Exploring built environment correlates of older adults’ walking travel from lifelogging images, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 96, 102850. 
  • Bhuyan, Md Rashed and Yuen, Belinda. (2021). Older adults’ views of the connections between neighbourhood built environment and health in Singapore, Journal of Population Ageing. 
  • Yuen, Belinda., Bhuyan, Md Rashed., Močnik, Špela., & Yap, Winston. (2020). Six Principles of Dementia-friendly Neighbourhood (can be accessed from Urban Redevelopment Authority: Designing Our Age-Friendly City website:;  and Agency for Integrated Care Singapore website: ) 
  • Ho, Soon Hoe., Tan, Dion Piu Sern., Tan, Pey June., Ng, Ka Wei., Lim, Zoe Zon Be., Ng, Isabel Hui Leng., Wong, Lok Hang., Ginting, Mimaika Luluina., Yuen, Belinda., Mallya, Jagadish., Chong, Mei Sian., & Wong, Chek Hooi. (2020). The development and validation of a prototype mobility tracker for assessing the life space mobility and activity participation of older adults. BMC Geriatrics, 20:251 
  • Hou, Yuting., Yap, Winston., Chua, Rochelle., Song, Siqi and Yuen, Belinda. (2020). The associations between older adults’ daily travel pattern and objective and perceived built environment: A study of three neighbourhoods in Singapore, Transport Policy, 99, 314-328 
  • Bhuyan, Md Rashed., Lane, Anna., Moogoor, Adithi., Mocnik, Spela and Yuen, Belinda. (2020). Meaning of age-friendly neighbourhood: An exploratory study with older adults and key informants in Singapore, Cities, 107, 
  • Song, Siqi., Yap, Winston., Hou, Yuting and Yuen, Belinda. (2020). Neighbourhood Built Environment, Physical Activity, and Physical Health among Older Adults in Singapore: A Simultaneous Equations Approach, Journal of Transport and Health, 18 
  • Lane, Anna., Hou, Yuting., Wong, Chek Hooi., & Yuen, Belinda. (2020). Cross-sectional associations of neighborhood third places with social health among community-dwelling older adults. Social Science & Medicine. DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113057 
  • Wong, Chek Hooi., Tan, Pey June., Chong, Mei Sian., Mallya, Jagadish., Ginting, Mimaika Luluina., Ng, Isabel Hui Leng., Ho, Soon Hoe and Yuen, Belinda. (2019). Indoor and real-life outdoor gait speed and its association on geographic life-space and outdoor mobility, Innovation in Aging, 3 (Supplement 1): S472-S473 
  • Lane, Anna., Wong, Chek Hooi., Mocnik, Spela., Song, Siqi and Yuen, Belinda. (2019). Association of neighbourhood social capital with quality of life among older people in Singapore, Journal of Aging and Health, 1-20 
  • Yuen, Belinda.  (2019, Nov). Innovative planning and design of age-friendly neighbourhoods in Singapore, URA Urban Lab Speaker Series: Designing Our Age-friendly City, Singapore (invited) 
  • Wong, Lok Hang., Ng, Hui Leng., Tan Pey June, Ho, S.J and Wong, Chek Hooi. (2018, Oct). Community dwelling older adults’ perspective of their neighbourhoods’ built environment and their wayfinding experience: A qualitative study, Singapore Health and Biomedical Congress 2018, Singapore (poster) 
  • Yuen, Belinda. (2018, Oct). Designing ageing-friendly urban environment, Singapore Health and Biomedical Congress 2018, Singapore (invited) 
  • Mocnik, Spela. (2018, Oct). Age-friendly neighbourhoods in Singapore: Understanding older adults’ needs and perceptions of the built environment, CAG2018 – Making It Matter: Mobilizing Aging Research, Practice & Policy, 47th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting, Vancouver, Canada 
  • Hou, Yuting. (2018, Oct). Understanding the built environment-travel behaviour relationship in real-time from lifelogging images – A study of older adults in three neighbourhoods in Singapore, 58th Annual Meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, Buffalo, NY, US 
  • Ho, Soon Hoe and Wong, Chek Hooi. (2018, Oct). Lifespace mobility among community dwelling older adults in Singapore: A case study of 3 neighbourhoods, Healthy City Design International Conference, London, UK 
  • Lane, Anna.(2018, Aug). Neighbourhood social capital and older persons quality of life in Singapore, International Federation of Ageing 14th Global Conference on Ageing: Towards a Decade of Healthy Ageing: From Evidence to Action, Toronto, Canada 
  • Yuen, Belinda. (2018, July). Towards age-friendliness in Singapore, Centre for Liveable Cities-Seoul Institute Age-Friendly Cities Panel Discussion: Sharing from Asian Cities, Singapore (invited)