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Coined by E.W. Soja as third +‎ space


Thirdspace (countable and uncountable, plural Thirdspaces)

  1. Space as both a perceived and conceptualized phenomenon, both a physical locality and its meaning.
    • 2002, Alan Read, Architecturally Speaking, →ISBN, page 22:
      Over the past decade, the most creative explorations of Thirdspace, and hence the most accomplished expansions in the scope of the geographical imagination, have come from the broadly defined field of critical cultural studies.
    • 2016, Gabriella Gelardini & ‎Harold Attridge, Hebrews in Contexts, →ISBN, page 184:
      The Occupy movement existed as a Thirdspace phenomenon -- even though its practitioners created their own Firstspace configurations of objects and their own Secondspace meanings and representations.
    • 2017, Mimi Levy Lipis, Symbolic Houses in Judaism, →ISBN:
      Aspects of Firstspace and Secondspace are selectively and creatively combined in Thirdspace, a fully lived space. The spatial specificity of urbanism is of special interest to him and is realized as Thirdspace, which forms simultaneities of the real and the imagined, of the actual and the virtual, and of the locus of individual and collective experience and agency.

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