Collective Housing Case Studies in Asia
THAILAND - Koh Mook - 2008
This case study describes the collective housing project designed and built by 94 landless fisher folk families on Koh Mook Island, after the 2004 Asian tsunami destroyed many of their houses.
THAILAND - Jumlong Wit - 2010
Jumlong Wit is an old community in the heart of Nakhon Sawan, where generations of “Likay” folk theater performers have lived and practiced their art.  When a fire burned their houses to the ground in 2007, they used the crisis to transform their run-down and insecure living conditions into something better and more permanent.  After forming a cooperative, they negotiated to lease the public land they had been squatting on and completely rebuilt their community in a new form. This project was the first of many in a citywide process of securing permanent, decent housing for all of the city's poor citizens.
THAILAND - Sawan Muang Mai - 2019
By 2008, nearly half of the poor communities in Nakhon Sawan had upgraded their land tenure, housing and infrastructure in the same place, with support from the community network, the municipal government and CODI’s Baan Mankong program. But many could not upgrade in the same place and were still squatting in squalid and insecure circumstances around the city.  This is the first project to bring a group of these scattered squatters and renters together, to make their own brand new community, on a plot of leased public land.
THAILAND - Collective rice farm and land bank in Chum Phae - 2020
The community network in the small Northeastern city of Chum Phae has found ways to make their cooperative housing projects do double duty as vegetable farms and fruit orchards.  They have also put their resources together to collectively purchase a big piece of land on the outskirts of the city, where they have developed a collective rice farm and vegetable garden, which provides cheap, good, organic rice and produce to community members and also serves as a land bank for future housing needs.
THAILAND - Sangsan Pattana 7-12 - 2005
This project is one of the ten pilot projects which launched the Baan Mankong Program in Thailand.  The Block 7-12 community was a sprawling squatter settlement of port-workers, laborers and street vendors who built their houses from scratch on the swampy land that had been expropriated for the new Bangkok Port in 1935.  When the Port Authority wanted the land to expand port facilities, the people resisted, and a 25-year long eviction struggle ensued.  Finally, a group of the toughest fighters remained and were able to negotiate a historic agreement to relocate to Port Authority land nearby.    
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