Collective Housing Case Studies in Asia
THAILAND - Charoenchai Nimitmai - 2021
This historic housing project was one of the ten pilot housing projects to be built in the first year of the Baan Mankong Program.  These pilot projects became a kind of university for other poor communities to visit and learn from, at a time when community-led, collective housing was still new in Thailand.  In this project, the people formed a cooperative, negotiated to buy the land they had been renting for half a century, and then reblocked their community, with full infrastructure and new houses.
THAILAND - Klong Lumnoon - 2021
The small, canal-side squatter settlement of Klong Lumnoon was far away from everything when the people settled on this swampy land in the 1980s.  But by the late 1990s, the area was developing fast and the people suddenly found themselves in a dramatic eviction struggle.  After a long and intense negotiation, which involved many helpers, the 49 poor families who had held on - the real fighters - were able to negotiate to collectively buy a small part of the private land they had been squatting on, where they rebuilt their houses and community, with finance support from CODI’s Baan Mankong Program.
VIETNAM - Block 6A Cua Nam Ward - 2010
This on-site reblocking and reconstruction of a small community at Block 6A, in Vinh City's Cua Nam Ward, showed everyone in Vietnam a new way to revitalize the country's big stock of run-down collective housing, without evicting anyone.
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