Celebrating the Third Place – Work and Place


The worldwide office group is within the midst of a revolution of thought and motion about how, the place, and when work ought to happen. For all the appropriate causes, we’re seeking methods to allow significant work from actually anywhere on earth, so as to create what has rapidly grow to be referred to as a “hybrid office.”

Within the midst of all the suitable deal with expertise and productiveness in all these various work environments we typically overlook to concentrate to the social and bodily contexts through which that work takes place.  It’s time to return to fundamentals – to revisit the unique idea of a “third place”- a location that falls between a business workplace and a house workplace.

Happily the primary significant evaluation of third locations stays readily accessible; it has been on my bookshelf for over twenty years.  Writer Ray Oldenburg coined the time period “third place” in his basic dialogue of cafes, diners, pubs, and different casual gathering locations the place folks initially got here to not work however to unwind, to satisfy mates, and to have interaction in significant conversations.  These have been, in any case, what actually mattered, and why third locations turned so standard all all over the world.  As the tv collection Cheers proclaimed about that acquainted neighbourhood bar, “It’s a spot the place everyone is aware of your title.”

Whereas Oldenburg’s insights gained’t inform you all the pieces you’ll want to learn about creating a fantastic, good hybrid office, this guide is a marvellous approach to spherical out your design insights.  In spite of everything, if you will get the tradition and the norms proper, your workers and contractors will flock to that place and discover methods to be productive even when they’ve to beat insufficient expertise, poor lighting, and noisy environment W&P


Reviewed by James P. Ware, PhD., Work&Place Managing Editor – December 15, 2021 as a part of the W&P Bookshelf collection of basic office associated books discovered on the Work&Place editorial workforce’s bookshelves.

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