Collective Housing Case Studies in Asia
BANGLADESH - Mohishakundu Shordarpara - 2017
Bangladesh has gigantic housing problems, but almost no examples of community-driven solutions to those problems.  That’s why this little housing project in the provincial city of Jhenaidah is so important.  It shows how much even very poor, marginalized community people - and especially women - can do to design and build solid, comfortable, low-cost houses for themselves, when they have a little sensitive support from community architects and are allowed to control the money and the project themselves.  This much-visited project is helping to show many in Bangladesh that people-driven housing works.  
CAMBODIA - Akphivat Mean Cheay - 2000
This roadside squatter community planned and built their own resettlement housing project, and showed a war-torn Cambodia how housing problems can be solved better by partnership, not by eviction.
CAMBODIA - Pro Lay Toek - 2012
The on-site upgrading of the Pro Lay Toek, a canal-side squatter settlement, was the first chance for the provincial city of Neak Loeung to see what a collaborative, community-managed housing project looks like.
INDIA - 314 Houses in Bhuj - 2021
India has some really big slum redevelopment programs, but most of them are designed to be planned and built by contractors and allotted to families individually, with zero or little participation in anything. This pioneering project in the small city of Bhuj has shown how government subsidies can be used in a very different way.  In these three projects, the new housing was planned and built by community members themselves, with some sensitive design support, and it enhanced existing social structures and made use of the people’s wisdom about how to live together sociably and sustainably in a hot place. 
INDIA - Sanjaynagar - 2021
India has some enormous housing programs for the millions living in slums.  But thee subsidies those programs offer mostly go to developers, who build dystopian housing complexes that are badly designed, poorly built, far from everything and unaffordable to most of the people they are supposed to benefit.  This project, in the city of Ahmednagar, is using government subsidies in a very different way, to show how when communities form cooperatives and are assisted to collectively design and rebuild their housing in-situ, the results can be fine-tuned to people’s real needs and will be more likely to enhance the social support systems that already exist within communities than to destroy them. 
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