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So Tiny, Very Large! : Knowledge sharing for better housing.

Empowering slum dwellers through creativities and public communications.

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How many person you can count living under a single roof in slum? The largest house in slum might be the same size as an apartment and the smallest one might fit just a body of 1 person. The Idea is to improve the living condition of people who live with a very limited space by using limited resources available for them. We usually perceive slum as not hygiene, filled with garbage or lack of electricity and water supply. But because of this, it challenges its dwellers to use their creativities in modifying objects and space to make the most use out of it. I want to turn this creativity into community power for them to improve their lives. 1. Documenting how they use space or reinventing objects from junks. 2. Selected some great example of creative intervention and held a workshop within community. Space/Object intervention presents by people in community. 3. Building a system where dwellers can get together and discuss about how to improve their living issues. 4. Published the idea of space/objects intervention to public and open for further ideas on how to develop these design. (Website) 5. Bring these data mapping to mentoring with local professionals in related to scarcity living. 6. Building workshop courses or books of 'how to design a house in limited resource and extreme environments. 7. Create Workshop for dwellers in slums. Teach them how to modify their home to face with challenge of future environment using resources they already have.


Even though the idea was designed specifically for condition of Slums in Thailand, but there are potential to apply this to other region with similar urban structure such as the super density living in India, Hongkong, and other places. Dwellers in slum will receive direct benefit from this knowledge where general public might be alert by the issues about future challenges, from climate change to population growth that go reverse to the productivity of foods and resources.


Conflict of governance in Thailand has caused many loophole in a lot of city development projects. While In a past few decade, help has reach many poverty area but more than 80% is only by giving out things and money where operated by private organization or ngo. These make an unhealthy development for people who only wait to receive help. If making less poverty is the global goal, then to improve slums by self sustaining & developing is one way to improve living quality with resilience. Self improvement not only giving them opportunity to learn what potential they have but it also deduct the cost of city revitalization or even the cost of public health care. Many education programs for young underpriviledges have proved success. I believe by bridging knowledges of people from success person who grew in slum, general public and slum dwellers, together will create social acceptance in a long run. In addition, the process of producing know-how from vernacular design might as well benefit general urban dwellers. Today, the urban lifestyle tends to have smaller living units with more pack street and less own vehicles. The idea of comfort living in a very small space can accompany these trends or even grasp their attention to join design challenges of tiny living. live Tiny to create Large impact!


  • Yes, for two or more years


  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for less than one year


  • Yes


Hi everyone! I am an architect who work in relate to both social and commercial sector in Thailand for about 2 years. I have been interesting in design solution for social change and city revitalising from disaster. I'm looking forward for opportunity to improve our society.


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