Hello, we are Humankind, agency for urban change. We create cities that are human and kind to ourselves, others and our planet.
We are living challenging times. Cities play a central role in the future of humankind and are hubs for positive change. They can foster sustainable presents and better futures. Let us show you how.
We focus our attention and impact on three key areas
Can we accelerate the
What defines a 'good'
How can the city
facilitate people's well-being?
How we can help you
We work in a multidisciplinary way and treat each project as unique. In doing so, we tailor our approach and services for each challenge.
Creating good public spacesGood Public Space Analysis Every city wishes to prioritise citizens' well-being when planning its public spaces. But do we really know how good our parks and plazas are and how to make them better? Our Good Public Space Analysis combines data analyses, behavioural studies and physical observations to provide extensive and accessible information for cities and designers on the quality of any public space. An interdisciplinary approach that combines spatial and behavioural analyses; Well-being at the core: all indicators are based on how they impact health & well-being; Simple, affordable, adaptable: suited to fit from small parks to big intersections; Data and statistics on space usage and users; Insights and suggestions for improvement. Learn more
Understanding the citizen’s experienceCitizen Experience Part of understanding the human experience through the public space involves understanding the stories, memories and challenges that emerge when experiencing the space. We tap into these by using design research, ethnographic and participatory tools to understand how citizen’s needs and desires are being facilitated (or not) by the built environment. Understanding of the citizens journey, their pain points, needs and experiences; Analysing the ‘backend’ of the city, the touchpoints and how it is facilitating (or not) the citizen’s needs; Rich data through interviews and observations on how citizens look at the public space; Initial service and spatial concepts that respond to the citizens’ needs and pain points. Learn more
Exploring urban futuresFutures Exploration Exploring and making tangible alternative scenarios for the future. Through co-imagination sessions with citizens, experts and other stakeholders. Better understanding of the trends, weak signals and innovations shaping the future of our urban spaces; Tangible and experiential scenarios for the future in the form of prototypes, interventions or spatial experiences; A roadmap or action plan on what strategies to pursue based on the scenarios we explored. Learn More
Facilitating urban transitionsCommunity-driven Transitions Turning complex urban transformations into inspiring experiences. Applied transition management for spatial projects. Bringing the long and short term into a single action plan. Accelerating change Networking actors and stakeholders Experiments Overview drivers of change Design principles Learn More
Co-learning experiencesCo-learning Experiences We are on a mission to make every city human and kind. Our job is our passion and we want to share our knowledge with as many people as possible by empowering the next generation city makers, providing tools and insights to planners, experts, and all citizens. We create online courses and educational programs that foster urban change, organize workshops and give presentations all around the world. Young City Makers; Workshops; Online courses; Educational programs; Presentations & keynotes. Learn More
Selection of work
From moving people beyond A to B, through planning for cycling and walking, to creating healthy cities for young and old. We create visions and turn them into actions.
Our upcoming courses, masterclass and other events.
Remaking the Street Summer School
2024 | Munich, DE / Rotterdam, NL
A summer school geared towards impact spread through four modules: modules 1 and 2 online at your own pace, module 3 in-residence in Munich, Germany, at the Technical University Munich, and module 4 in-residence in Rotterdam, the Netherlands at Humankind HQ.
Designing the Cycling City –
2024 | Rotterdam, NL
Through a combination of presentations, lectures by well-known practitioners and researchers, cycling tours and practical sessions, this Masterclass takes the participants through a deep dive into the Dutch approach to cycling urbanism – arguably one of the most successful in the world.