Collective Housing Case Studies in Asia
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.
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.
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.
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