Weekly Urban News Update
August 31st , 2018
In This Update
Urban Equity
Victor Kosib Appointed Deputy Director of UN-Habitat
Foreign Aid Recession Package Does NOT Go Forward
What We're Following
What We're Reading
Urban Equity 

H ousing in Crisis...Still?
Curbed.com provides a candid reflection on the housing market since 2008, and asks the tough questions such as: did we learn from that ordeal? With interactive infographics that explain how mortgages work, and what caused the troubles of 2008, this analysis of the current state of home ownership and its financial structures in the U.S. provides a compelling cautionary consideration. Check it out here. 

Locally Inspired
Community engagement in development schemes ensures greater success. As developers seek to provide housing and services it is important that any project or plan benefits those who live in the area. One way that locals can communicate the direction they want to see their community going is to express themselves directly through art and culture. Creative Place Making, refers to the integration of local expression into development, this trend could be extremely beneficial to ensure inclusion in new and redevelopment projects. Read more here.

Designing Deterrents
Rapid urbanization can put a great deal of stress on a city. Housing issues, infrastructural problems, policy and regulation hang ups, all of these things can frustrate a planner or architect's designs. Yet, in some cases, parts of the city are planned to frustrate people. This is largely in terms of security and sanitation. More and more cities are implementing "hostile architecture" that focuses on keep people out of and off of spaces in the city. Some find these installations necessary, and others are concerned about a misanthropic trend in reaction to rapid urban growth. Read more here, and take a look at some more examples here.

International Developments

Victor Kosib Appointed Deputy Executive Director of UN-Habitat
Last month, the United Nations nominated Victor Kosb (Cameroon) to the position of Assistant Secretary and Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat). The Habitat III Civil Society Working Group and IHC Global anticipates his leadership experience, expertise, and education will provide an important contribution to the UN-Habitat mission.
Foreign Aid Recession Package Does NOT Go Forward 
Washington was abuzz last week with rumors of a sweeping rescission action by the Administration targeting unobligated FY 17 and 18 funding. However, due in part to active engagement by many, including implementing partners and members of Congress, the Administration did not move forward. IIHC Global joined with many other organizations in opposing a rescission.

What We're Following

Nick Lyon to be Tried for Involuntary Manslaughter
On August 20, 2018, District Court Judge David Goggins found probable cause to try Director of Michigan's Department of Health and Service involuntary manslaughter in connection to the Flint water crisis.   In the New York Times, Drs. Hernan Gomez and Kim Dietrich propose that, given the prevalence of lead exposure nationally, fury over the Flint water crisis and its impact on children has been blown out of proportion. Their argument may be bolstered by the recent announcement that the City of Detroit had turned off the water in its public schools, CityLab journalist Andrew Small wonders how Flint political leadership can rebuild trust and c redibility among their residents without  holding someone accountable.

What We're Reading:
Social Sustainability, Climate Resilience, and Community Urban Development: What About the People? 
Publisher Routledge has made freely available the edited volume
Social Sustainability, Climate Resilience and Community Urban Development: What About the People? Drs. Cathy Baldwin (Research Associate, University of Oxford) and Robin King (World Resources Institute). Fourteen case studies in policy makers, students and scholars of urban studies, and practitioners will find this volume useful and insightful: the authors provide fourteen case studies from across the world, including Indonesia, South Africa, India, New Zealand, the United States and the United kingdom to best highlight and examine the importance of social networks and social cohesion in facing pressures brought by forces such as climate change and natural disaster. The volume is freely available for sixty days online; check it out now!

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