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FROM URBAN TO RURAL: THIRD PLACES EVERYWHERE!
Viennese coffee houses. The MacLaren’s Pub in the sitcom "How I Met Your Mother”. Your local library. What do these places have in common? Right, they all feel home, away from home. And where will you find these Third Places? The answer is, quite simply, everywhere. From urban to rural areas, Third Places give communities space to gather, engage and connect.

THIRD PLACES IN RURAL AREAS

The idea of a Third Place, sociable places for communities to gather, was described more than 30 years ago by American sociologist Ray Oldenburg. But where will you find those Third Places? The answer is, quite simply, everywhere. Our insightful research into third places in rural areas is ample evidence of this.


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LANGENFELD CITY LIBRARY: ON THE PULSE OF TIME


How do you polish up a slumbering jewel from the 1980s? In Germany’s Langenfeld, citizens gave a space the light it needed to shine. Over the past three years, a de-institutionalized library has emerged here, meeting its patrons at eye level and with a modern face.


 
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HET RAADHUIS: A NEW HOME FOR BOSKOOP                


In the Dutch village of Boskoop, the old town hall was given a new lease of life. A welcoming community home has been created by blending in public services such as the library and a daycare for children while maintaining the historic character. The result is a living monument for the citizens that merges past and present.
 
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