Artisanal Coffeehouses as Potential Prototype for Community Hearth
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The University of Oregon winter 2008 terminal studio to be conducted by professor D. Genasci, addresses potential development of the Conway (Consolidated Truck Lines) property in northwest Portland, Oregon. The area has significant industrial history and context. For this studio, I propose to integrate two types of occupancy: an industrial component and a community hearth component. With regard to the community hearth aspect, can artisanal coffeehouses, especially those in Portland, serve as prototypes. This brief study gathers information from owners, employees, and observers in order to shed some light on this possibility. Further research is warranted, especially with respect to the similarity or differences between the concept of community hearth and the concept of the "third place."