Characteristics of Low-income Housing at Rangsit Area in Pathum Thani Province: The Expansion and Modification of National Housing Projects

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Poomchai Punpairoj

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      To purpose guideline for proper affordable housing development, the objective of the study is to create an understanding of characteristics of low-income residents. Expansion or modification normally occurs to cope with need, way of life and change in family structure. It is also to make the typical unit appropriating with various resident’s background. The study is a descriptive research with data collection by field-survey, interview, observation, and questionnaire from 120 households at Klongluang district in Pathum Thani province. The typological analysis demonstrates type, period, and place. The appearances are concluded as follows:


     1) Local houses are typically raised houses with high columns and extensions. The additional parts have been constructed for many times relating to family size and budget. At the ground floor, modification for living space happens because of discontinuation of seasonal flood. Shelters are added at the front of the land for commercial purpose;


     2) Single houses in Ban Uer-atorn Project are constructed on very small size of land. Residences always wanted to expand and modify on land around their houses but are limited with prefabrication construction;


     3) Condominiums in Ban Uer-atorn Project are not proper for low-income Thais from various reasons. However, residences rarely adjust their units because of prefabrication construction and regulations; and


            4) National housing flat (before the starting of Ban Uer-atorn Project in 2003 C.E.) is found with many forms of adaptation. These ways have happened by conventional in-site construction and flexibility of building manager.

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