Collective Housing Case Studies in Asia
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 - Collective rice farm and land bank in Chum Phae - 2012
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 - 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.
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.
VIETNAM - Sewing Enterprise Collective Housing - 2013
Vietnam’s cities still have a lot of old, broken-down collective housing projects that were built to provide minimal housing for the workers in state-run factories.  The factories are long gone, but the people are still there, and most of them are prevented from improving or rebuilding their houses by building regulations, because their houses and lanes fall below the government’s minimum allowable standards. This is one of several projects that challenged those unrealistic standards and showed that it was possible for people themselves to build great big, decent, airy houses even on extremely tiny plots.
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