Rethinking Third Places: Contemporary Design With Technology


  • Nemanja Memarovic Faculty of Informatics, university of Lugano (USI)
  • Sidney Fels University of British Columbia
  • Junia Anacleto Federal University of São Carlos
  • Roberto Calderon University of British Columbia
  • Federico Gobbo University of Turin
  • John M. Carroll Penn State University



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Oldenburg’s properties of third places were established almost three decades ago. In order to understand if these properties still hold and if and how ICTs changed the concept of third places, we looked at affordances and practices in nine third places in Paris. Our findings point out that most of the properties have changed and also three new ones have emerged mixing the physical and the virtual. We also provide implications for ICTs that aim at stimulating and supporting properties of third places.

Author Biographies

Nemanja Memarovic, Faculty of Informatics, university of Lugano (USI)

PhD student at the Faculty of Informatics, University of Lugano

Sidney Fels, University of British Columbia

Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia

Junia Anacleto, Federal University of São Carlos

Associate professor at Federal University of São Carlos and Coordinator of Advanced Interaction Laboratory (LIA)

Roberto Calderon, University of British Columbia

Ph.D. student at The University of British Columbia, Canada

Federico Gobbo, University of Turin

Teaching Fellow at the University of Turin, Italy and he was recently appointed at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, for a chair in Interlinguistics

John M. Carroll, Penn State University

Professor and Edward M. Frymoyer Chairof Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State University