Collective Housing Case Studies in Asia
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. 
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.
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