Conceptualizing "Thirdplace": Exploring Embedded Narrations in Between a Spatial Trilogy

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Kaymaz Koca S., Hale J.

MEGARON, vol.12, no.3, pp.488-496, 2017 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 12 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.5505/megaron.2017.93685
  • Journal Name: MEGARON
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.488-496
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The question of how space will be produced, up until this day, has been answered through discourses of "place" developed against the Cartesian space. These discourses have been questioned within a wide framework that intends to consider space in relation to the concepts like belonging, tradition, and meaning. However, today, it is unclear what kind of a place discourse "thirdspace" will be able to continue its production. This research attempts to produce three spatial narrations to respond to this lack of clarity and endeavors to analyze the research questions through the third narration. The third narration, which is enhanced by interpreting the literature on phenomenology, conceptualizes the thirdplace through the concepts of "body" and "experience," and in the meantime, the sequence of the narrations harbors a holistic discussion from a Euclidean to a Cartesian one and then from Cartesian to a third one. These narrations, produced through the concepts of "emptiness," "space," and "place" that could be evaluated as a trilogy, do not trace an absolute and mandatory answer; instead, they seek to multiply the thoughts regarding the ways in which space could be produced, apart from the habitual ways.