Weekly Urban News Update
February 2nd, 2018
In This Update

Cape Town is only months away from its reckoning. As IHC Global has previously reported, the South African city with over 4 million people is expected to run out of water some time in April, and residents are counting down their clocks in a variety of ways, from rushing to secure their own sources of water to frantically stockpiling water resources. But what happens after the last drop? The plan is laid out like this: water will still go to "essential services," such as hospitals and clinics; standpipes in informal settlements will continue to be supplied; and the rest of the city will have to stand in line at established water collection points. But how will a system where stability rests on how able-bodied the residents are to stand in line, how long the lines are, how fast water can be collected and how calm water-less residents can be succeed without falling into chaos?

Learn more  here.

Ramshackle housing in slums are accidents waiting to happen, and in Dhaka's Korail slum, they proved to be easy kindling as well, for the fires that raged through the informal settlement in December 2016. In the aftermath of the fire, architects and urban planners from the Bangladesh-based development agency BRAC helped rebuild homes and redesign the neighborhood so that it was more fire-resistant. But improving the slum as a whole is a much bigger job, and even if residents can rest assured that their new housing units won't burst into flames, does it mean anything if they don't have rights to the land they live on? According to Place, the "transitory" nature of slum-dwellers prevents government officials from granting land rights to them, preventing residents from having the power to improve their communities. This in turn inhibits the provision of the kinds of goods and services that would keep fires from burning down communities, among many other things. IHC Global is looking forward to discussing this at the World Urban Forum, and brainstorming how architects, governments and civil society can work together to make this challenge a problem of the past.

Read more here.

When crowds descend upon Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia next week to discuss urban sustainability and inclusivity at the ninth World Urban Forum, the spotlight will be firmly on just how sustainable and inclusive the Southeast Asian city is, and how the region as a whole is using the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals to build better cities. As a city that fits somewhere in the middle between the super-developed population centers like Seoul and Tokyo and the still-developing cities in Indonesia and Vietnam, what happens in Kuala Lumpur could set the precedent for the future of urban development in the region. To get a home-grown perspective on what WUF means to Malaysia and Southeast Asia as a whole, Next City spoke with the former president of the Malaysian Institute of Planners, Khairiah Talha.

Read the interview  here.

The World Urban Forum will be hectic and fast-paced for all of us urban dreamers. On Friday, February 9th, take a well-deserved break and stop by IHC Global's meet and greet! There, IHC Global's network of members and partners will have the chance to network, exchange ideas, and share thoughts on the World Urban Forum. And don't worry, there will be snacks!

When: Friday, February 9th, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Next City World Stage
Kuala Lumpur Convention Center
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Register for the event  here .
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The Issue
We've given you the run-down on the World Urban Forum, now here's the full, chronological schedule of IHC Global's World Urban Forum events:

Wednesday, February 7th
1:30 - 3:00 p.m.: IHC Global will be participating on a panel discussing urban climate resilience during the Children and Youth Assembly in Ballroom 2.

Friday, February 9th
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: IHC Global will be hosting a meet and greet for members and partners at the Next City World Stage.

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.: IHC Global will be speaking at the FIABCI networking event ' The Affordability of the Metropolis: Turning Density into Prosperity' in Room 305.

Saturday, February 10th
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.: IHC Global will be hosting the networking event, ' From Theory to Reality: Using Data to Move the Bar on Property Rights for Women and the Most Vulnerable,' in Room 406.

Sunday, February 11th
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.: IHC Global will be launching an exciting new initiative at its event, ' Smart City. Just City: Working Towards a New Paradigm,' at the Next City World Stage.

Monday, February 12th
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.: IHC Global will be speaking at the University of Chicago Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation networking event, ' Data Informed Inclusion: Slums and Informal Settlements,' in Room 402.

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.: IHC Global will be hosting the side event, ' No Time to Waste: Housing Policy and Advancing the New Urban Agenda,' in Room 306

We hope to see you there! If we don't, we'll have plenty to share with you next week! To learn more about the World Urban Forum, the WUF page on our website here.
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     Source: Guardian Cities
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