VIETNAM - Block Binh Dong - 2013
It’s not easy to find an example of a collective, community-driven housing project in Vietnam, despite the country’s socialist ideology of everything being done by “the people”. But here is an authentic one that was built by a community of very poor riverside squatters, in the provincial city of Tan An, in southern Vietnam. The city authorities had been wanting for years to address the people’s miserable housing conditions, but had no budget for relocating them. So instead, they let the people design and build their own houses and played the role of project facilitator, and the results showed everyone a new way.