As we all agree and what was emphasized at the UN-Habitat III Conference in Ecuador in October 2016,

the public space plays a key role in the day-to-day lives of people. It needs to be healthy, safe, green, convivial, social, childfriendly, inclusive and attractive. But how do we realise this?

We, Drs. Rosemarie Maas and Ing. Kyra Kuitert ®RCE, discovered that there was not much accessible knowledge about spatial conditions for a well used public space.

Based on own experience, literature and the input of a large group of experts, we published ‘Prettige Plekken, Handboek Mens & Openbare Ruimte’. This handbook (250 pages) offers over 500 concrete guidelines and includes photos from more than 50 cities worldwide.

The first edition was sold out within six months.



We are looking for a publishing company interested in distributing

'Pleasant Places, Handbook People & Public Space' in other countries.

Please mail us your suggestions!


Our mission: Pleasant Places for everybody!

Our vision: Intelligent urban integration and good design have a large influence on the (good) use of the public space.

Our approach: In our handbook we have converted our vision into a set of concrete guidelines for designers, administrators, policy makers, and others stakeholders.

Our offer: We analyse existing situations or plans and advice on how to make people-friendly public space.

Furthermore: We offer masterclasses ('Looking through the eyes of the user') and in-company training.