What is VPUU? Designing for safety in spaces #WDC2014

The VPUU project, in the Khayelitsha township Cape Town, uses social engagement and town planning as tools in fighting crime. The aim is to improve the living conditions for residents. A series of “active boxes” — spaza shops doubling as safe houses and community patrol bases — are planned along the main pedestrian routes to and from stations and taxi ranks. They will be open 24 hours a day to allow unquestioned access by anyone who feels threatened.

Community “sub-centres” are being planned and built, including businesses, that create employment opportunities, and open, public places and schools for sports and recreation. Residents will be involved in upgrading their areas. A Social Development Fund will be used to upgrade the general environment, such as street lights and sidewalks. Regular organized cultural and social events are planned to contribute to a sense of community and togetherness.

Visit http://www.vpuu.org/

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