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Episode 47 | Using Design to Bring Down Crime

Kathryn Ewing and Don Shay of VPUU outline how community-based planning can make real results in crime prevention.

Episode 47 | Using Design to Bring Down Crime

About Violence Prevention Through Urban Upgrading
Violence Prevention Through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) is a program in the Khayelitsha township of Cape Town that uses urban planning as a crime-fighting tool, developing both small and large interventions in the spots where crime rates are the highest. Their over-arching strategy is to create decent, livable communities through community-based planning.

The program began in the sub district of Harare in 2006, and those initial efforts resulted in a 20 percent decrease in violent crime between April 2008 and March 2009. The murder rate dropped 32 percent. In comparison, for the same time period, nationally, there was a 1 percent increase in violent crime and 2 percent decrease in the murder rate.

VPUU is a Curry Stone Foundation Social Design Circle Honoree. Read more about it here.


Social Design Insights would like to thank all those who make our weekly show possible: Baruch Zeichner, our sound engineer, Donna Read, for producing our video content, and Taryn Turner, Director of the Curry Stone Foundation, for pulling everything together.