Consuming Third Place: Starbucks and the Illusion of Public Space

Simon, Bryant
January 2009
Architecture -- Technology -- Culture;2009, Vol. 3, p243
Academic Journal
Borrowing from Ray Oldenburg, Starbucks bills itself as a “third place”—a place between work and home for respite, socializing, and community building. Through participant observation and interviews, this essay looks at how Starbucks works on the ground. It explores how people use it and how the company creates the appearance— without the substance—of a public space.


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