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The Third Place: Making the Case for the Informal Public Life and the Great Good Places Essential

Author: Zeinab M. Hussein
Date: 2010
Program: Master of Science in Interior Architecture, Chatham University

The goal of this study is to understand the importance of creating third places, and to know their benefits to the community. This study also examines how the interiors of those spaces are a main factor of successful third places. To accomplish this, the study will analyze, and compare 60 of the world's greatest places using Ray Oldenburg's eight criteria for creating great, good places. From the findings, it is then concluded that Oldenburg's eight criteria are not the only factors of great, good places. People's needs have evolved and the reliance on convenience has increased. People nowadays need diverse places that offer different activities that can bring them closer together. It is also concluded that interior architecture has a major effect on the success of a third place. The design of the space's interior is a main factor of the ambiance created, and it is what separates a successful and attractive place from another that isn't.