Handbook People and Public Space

As we all agree and what was emphasized at the UN-Habitat III Conference in Ecuador in 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’, a handbook with over 500 concrete guidelines and photos from more than 50 cities worldwide. This book will be tranlsated in English soon.




Our mission: Pleasant Places for everybody!

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

Basically it should offer a feeling of safety, enough variation, and the possiblity to move and stay comfortably.

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. Beside that we advise on strolls and on how to make the public space greener and more climate resistant..

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