Collective Housing Case Studies in Asia
THAILAND - Sengki Housing Cooperative - 1992
Sengki was a very old land-rent community of market vendors and day laborers in the historic center of Bangkok.  After a fire burned down their wooden houses and invalidated their lease contracts, they formed a cooperative and negotiated to buy a portion of the land they had become squatters on, where they made a new plan and rebuilt their houses.  Sengki was Bangkok’s sixth example of the “land sharing” strategy being used to avoid eviction and allow the people to stay and improve their housing at the same time it allowed the land-owning agency to get some of its land back to develop commercially.
THAILAND - Klong Lumnoon - 2005
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.
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.    
THAILAND - Charoenchai Nimitmai - 2005
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 - 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.
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