Handbook 'Great Places'Handboek Prettige Plekken

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, climate resilient, inclusive and attractive. But how do we realise this?

Drs. Rosemarie Maas and Ing. Kyra Kuitert ®RCE discovered that there was not much integral and 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, they published ‘Prettige Plekken, Handboek Mens & Openbare ruimte’, a Dutch handbook with a clear vision, over 500 concrete guidelines and photos of public places from more than 50 cities worldwide. Download the viewing copy here

An international version will be on the market soon, with even more guidelines and examples.

Please send us an email if you are interested. We are also open to partnerships and sponsoring.


BUREAU KMKyra Kuitert en Rosemarie Maas

Our mission: Great 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, a sense of belonging, 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.