Collective Housing Case Studies in Asia
INDIA - Kanjurmarg Transit Housing - 2009
This is the story of a transit housing project for railway slum dwellers displaced by a track-widening project that was planned and executed by the families and their federation partners, with support from government authorities. Later they all moved into permanent apartments in housing blocks built by the state government and given to the families free.
INDIA - Markandeya Cooperative Housing Society - 1998
This historic on-site housing reconstruction project, in Mumbai's Dharavi slum, was the Alliance's first experience with a multi-story building and the first to bring the Mahila Milan's sensible 14-foot house design - with an internal loft - into an apartment building. The project met just about every obstacle in the book and took ten years to complete.
JAPAN - Asaka Buraku - Oct 2020
Japan’s 6,000 Buraku communities have faced centuries of institutionalized discrimation, isolation and impoverishment. When government programs were introduced in the 1960s to right some of those wrongs, the Asaka Buraku community was one of the first to take advantage of them, to completely redevelop their dilapidated  riverside community and improve their incomes and social support systems.  In the process, this pioneering community inspired other Burakus around Japan to rebuild, and spearheaded a larger community-led redevelopment in their own polluted, industrialized neighborhood.
MONGOLIA - Tunkheliin Hugjil - 2009
In this project, in a small timber-cutting town in the mountains of north-central Mongolia, ten families got together and completely rebuilt their dilapidated workers housing, using energy-efficient techniques, on land provided free by the government.
MONGOLIA - Yaarmag Barracks - 2006
Until recently, Mongolia was  a country of fiercely independent nomadic cattle herders who were unaccustomed to living in close proximity to others. But now those nomadic traditions are breaking down and people are living in more crowded and more urbanized situations.  Mongolians are having to develop new skills for working with their neighbors to meet the many needs they can’t meet individually.  This small project, in which a group of 69 families worked together to upgrade their dilapidated “barracks” housing, was an important step towards building new systems of friendship and mutual help. 
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