Housing Needs of Low-income Floating Population - In Case of Urban Villages Redevelopment Projects in Kunming, P.R. China
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This thesis will take the reader to the city of Kunming in the southwest of China, to visit the urban village, a type of Chinese urban settlement for low income dwellers. Here we will meet a group of people officially referred to as the floating population - one of the main urban poverty groups in China. More importantly, our aim is to understand the housing challenges faced by this group as a result of the implementation of the redevelopment projects of urban villages in China. As with many stories nowadays relating to fast growing Asian cities, the informal urban low-income settlement is threatened by demolition. The urban villages in the city of Kunming share this fate. What is worse for the low-income floating population in the urban villages, most of whom are actually rural-urban migrants, is that they have nowhere else to live except for these urban villages, because of their low-income and due to the lack of public housing. Using the examples of three urban villages in Kunming and through context review, I will try to elaborate the housing needs of the low-income floating population in urban villages, the development and redevelopment of the urban village, and to answer the question of how the housing needs of this low-income floating population are being dealt with through the urban village redevelopment projects. Through a theoretical review of low-income housing, I will make suggestions regarding the methods of development and redevelopment of urban villages.