As heterotopias only exist in theory and in reality the physical function of a space always contribute to how this space is consumed, I used the Ray Oldenburg’s theory on third places to create a space which could serve as a civic platform for social interaction, while trying to preserve as much freedom as possible for the users of this space to operate.
While my scientific study focused on the conditions under which a local community library could act as such a space, upon my departure to Suriname in September 2009, I used an artistic approach to the notion of a third place in the city, as an ode to Tilburg, the city where I spend most of my student years.
The pictures in this article portray an artistic view on a new urban third place, including several characteristics of a third place such as ‘A home away from home’, ‘As a neutral ground’ and ‘A playful mood’. This project was inspired by a Social Sofa project of Tilburg, in which decorated benches were placed all over the city.
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