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Bang-Bua Canal Community Upgrading

This is a Project. It was designed by Prayong Posriprasert, Nattawut Usavagovitwong and Sakkarin Sapu and collaborator: Community Organizations Development Institute (CODI) and Asian Coalition for Housing Rights (ACHR). It is dated 2004–11.

Along a stretch of the Bang Bua Canal in Thailand, many families live in stilt houses built directly above the polluted canal, which floods during heavy rains, and use rickety bamboo and wood plank walkways. After living with insecurity for close to a century, self-selected groups of five households met to plan redevelopment. Working with architects from nearby Sripatum University, they built ninety-square-meter (970 sq. ft.) houses, and re-blocked for similar-sized houses to create a more democratic neighborhood layout. The stilt houses that limited access to the canal were demolished and rebuilt on the interior of the community to make way for the public access walkway along the canal, now three meters (9 ft.) wide.

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