The SI and IUSD are glad to welcome Michael Krause talking about “Violence Prevention Through Urban Upgrading in Cape Town, South Africa“.
The lecture will be offered within the frame of the seminar/elective “Critical Perspectives on the Postapartheid City”.
For the past 10 years, Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU NPC) has been addressing the spatial and historic divide faced by South African communities, more specifically in the Western Cape. VPUU was established to build safe and sustainable neighborhoods in dialogue with residents to shape their future cities. VPUU aims at integrated communities, citizenship, pride and the improvement of quality of life for the residents – one neighborhood at a time.
Michael Krause is a place maker, Urban Designer who believes in negotiating solutions to shape urban environments. From 1995 onwards he worked in Durban South Africa, mainly in informal settlements including Phoenix Settlement – Gandhi’s second Ashram. Since 2006 Michael leads a highly dedicated and transversal team that continuously shapes an area based program in low income areas to improve the quality of life In Cape Town and South Africa. Michael is the CEO of the VPUU Not for Profit Company a practice that seeks to combine dialogue between residents, local authorities with appropriate social, economic and cultural solutions to achieve sustainable and safe neighborhoods on a human scale. For the work he received a merit of award at the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize in 2012. In 2014 the VPUU Handbook was been published.