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
neighbourhoods 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 neighbourhood
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 programme 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 practise that seeks to combine dialogue between
residents, local authorities with appropriate social,
economic and cultural solutions to achieve sustainable
and safe neighbourhoods 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.