Thanks for the prompt reply. There have been few housing estates in Cambodia as we know them in the UK. The first ones appeared not long ago as enclaves for the elite. They had a mix of detached, semi-detached and even linked houses but all expensive, modeled on what was called Thai-style but resembled US villas. These developments have fully-manned security perimeters.
The feature I picked up is the first I have seen offering affordable housing for lower social-economic groups, although as it reads, it will still be only relatively well-off people, who will be able to afford them. The housing shortage and limited financing markets will mean that they will sell, although the user/occupier/family may not persist. Instead I can see multiple occupancies to defray and share costs and ownerships gravitating to private landlords especially where original buyers default on loans.
The most striking thing is of course the bland uniformity and lack of private space. Those should be put right at the outset. Indeed the UK demonstrates in abundance the extent to which people do want to individualize their properties and every “home is a castle”.
It is shame to see rows of terrraced houses in the UK fall in to disrepair and disuse with many demolished. Yet we do see many perhaps most refurbished and extended to add facilities and living-space. We also know that many people preferred them to the high-rise residential blocks that like housing estates emerged all over the UK after World War II. Chinese-led/funded “condominium” blocks are also proliferating around Phnom Penh and two other cities Siem Reap.
There is an organisation in Cambodia founded by young architects called Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT). It was one of the first to try to advocate for and develop a pro-poor urban development policy not one that automatically displaces them from city centres. They tend to congregate in shanty or grossly over-crowded dwellings without safe utilities or proper sanitation. Over the last 20 years they have been forcibly removed without adequate compensation. Supporting those communities led to STT and other organisations in to conflict with local authorities and developers.
You would have thought with the rich history we have in the UK of housing initiatives, successes and failures, and the personal experiences of people like those of Bedlington, who have endured the changes, that countries like Cambodia would be interested and not make the same mistakes. The UK Embassy has not (I believe) offered an exchange for young urban-planning professionals and students like those from STT.
Anyway it would be good if any folks wanted to share their views on what works and does not work for terraced-house living,