Collective Housing Case Studies in Asia
MYANMAR - Pan Thazin - 2013
This little housing project for 30 poor families of squatters and room-renters, in Yangon's North Okkalapa Township, was the second to be built by women savings group members, with support from Women for the World.
MYANMAR - Mae Myit Thar - 2020
This large housing project for 264 poor families of squatters and room-renters, in Yangon's Shwepyitha Township, was the first to be built under the new collaborative Mae Myit Thar housing scheme, in which the government provided free land to allow the collective and community-driven housing model already developed in 12 other projects to scale up, with support from the local NGO Women for the World.
PHILIPPINES - Miraculous Hills Subdivision - 2021
This is the story of an extraordinary housing project that was imagined and made real by some of Metro Manila’s poorest citizens - the women, men and children who earn their living by collecting, sorting and selling recyclable waste. They were living in squatter settlements around the mountainous Payatas garbage dump, where they faced the constant threat of eviction. Against great odds, they saved together, formed a homeowners association, bought a piece of inexpensive, undeveloped land in a neighboring city and are gradually developing it and building new houses and new lives for themselves there.
THAILAND - Poo Poh - 2007
This project, in which 112 families from three squatter areas in the southern Thai city of Pattani came together, formed a housing cooperative, found land to buy nearby and designed and built a new community for themselves, with support from CODI's Baan Mankong program and a team of young community architects.
THAILAND - Kalae Tapae - 2008
This case study describes a seminal upgrading project planned and carried out by an old but vulnerable Muslim fishing community on the Bang Nara River in Narathiwat, in southern Thailand, during a very difficult time of civil conflict in the area.
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