Society is becoming more complex. We are dealing with huge societal challenges such as energy transition, circularity, new mobility, climate adaptation and digitalisation, with great impact on the nature and use of public space. At the same time, profound social developments have an impact on public space as well. All these developments require a different approach, not only in planning and design, but the management of public space as well.

Why a new master course?

All these societal challenges ask for a new strategic vision of managing public space and further professional development of the field of managing public space.

It takes people who are able to deal with the challenges and to come up with new and perhaps ground-breaking solutions. With this new elective course, we take a first step towards a possible future master track Managing Public Space. The professional world asks for an ambitious generation of managers, capable of managing the challenges of public space from an integrative perspective. Are you going to be part of that generation?


What professionals say about managing public space

‘Meeting ambitions’

What is management of public space

Public space consists of road and rail infrastructure, green, water, sewage, and other above ground and underground networks. The essence of (maintenance) management is to contribute to the values of public space: clean and intact, but also safe, sustainable, healthy and inclusive. A strategic deployment of resources is required to achieve these goals in the longer and shorter term.

In the coming years, management of public space will have to deal with major societal challenges. These investments for replacement and innovations add up to the impressive amount of euros.

"An ambitious generation of managers, who come up with new and perhaps groundbreaking solutions."

Planning, design & management: public space and transitions

The course adds a management perspective on public space and transitions. You will get acquainted with different management strategies, public space transitions, life cycle sustainability assessments and an integrated planning, design and management approach. The course is organized around a living lab in which the participants of the course and stakeholders co-creatively develop integrated solutions and strategies for a real-world case. The combination of solid academic knowledge and input from management professionals provides a unique opportunity to connect theory and practice when it comes to climate adaptation, urban energy transition, circularity, and new mobility concepts. Standing in the shoes of a professional helps to understand each other and to create a different perspective on the challenges in public space.

The Foundation Managing Public Space supports the pilot, made possible by sponsors, such as municipalities, provinces and consultancies.

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Planning, design and management: public space and transitions 

Master students: MLP, MUE (WUR) and MADE (AMS)

Period 5, morning course


LAR 50406 (Capita Selecta)

Up to 18 professionals and 18 students

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Note: this website is an impression of the master course. For a full description, contact the course coordinator.

More information about the master course

Send an email with your educational background and a short motivation (max. 300 words) to the course coordinator not later than 7 February 2021