“Most needed are those ‘third places’ – those which lend a public balance to the increased privatisation of home life.” - Ray Oldenburg
In our era of ubiquitous computing, online-everything and ambient intelligence, it’s more important than ever for us – simple, bipedal, head-scratching animals – to crystallise meaningful focal points for our communities.
The phrase ‘third places’ derives from considering home to be the ‘first place’ in our lives, and work places the second.
So what is the Third Space?
And why do we need one?
Living an existence with limited community has produced – for many – a lifestyle consisting mainly of the home-to-work-and-back-again shuttle.
But our well-being, health, happiness and psychological robustness depends upon society and community.
The manifesto of the Third Space Agency is bold and simple: to assist the specification, design and promulgation of what will become our future third places. We want them to be crucial and vibrant – alive. Different. Connecting. Human.
We work collaboratively with a diverse range of partners, creatives, organisations and agencies to create innovative third spaces – where art and science fuse to form sustainable future communities.