Hathigaon (or elephant village) is the popular name of community-housing for mahouts – a local community of elephant riders, trainers, or keepers - and even housing for their hundred-odd elephants. This case study reveals how the housing initiative enables both the ecological and the economic sustainability for the mahouts and elephants. > Read the case study
Over the past two decades, the urban development of Shanghai shows that efforts to preserve the existing city have been unsuccessful. By neglecting cultural heritage, don't we risk depriving contemporary and future populations of their identity?
After a massive eviction along the riverside settlement in Jarkata, a pilot house was developed together by six familites during October 2015 to January 2016. The co-housing presents four dwelling units with shared utlities. Read the case study >
A pre-school in an informal settlemen was constructed in 6 months, initiated and built together by local community and a group of young architects, Joe Slovo Township, South Africa. Read the case study >
Sankofa house is a winning proposal for a family house built for less than $8,000, using traditional building techniques, local expertise and skilled workers. Read the case study >
On Chicago's South Side, a block of 32 town houses was rehabilitated into a mixed income development. Now known as the Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative, the project is a successful example of creative approaches to socially engaged and community based urban revitalisation. Read the case study >
This case study examines alternative solutions for the standardized affordable housing development practice through both top-down & bottom-up approaches.
From a vernacular Khmer house to a school. Built from the same local material by the same local builders, Thnouh School aims to manifest a profound progression in a new typology that stemmed from Thnouh Village. Read the case study >
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