On 20th October 2020, Hub Créatif and Liège Creative, two platforms designed for encouraging the debate among different stakeholders and disseminating innovative ideas, organised with Arebs 1] a conference on “Tiers lieux, espaces de tous les possibles par et pour les Sérésiens?”, with the aim to discuss the opportunity and the implications of developing a third place in Seraing, on the basis of similar experiences. If the concept of third place is still blurred and evolving, the debate allowed to explore the conditions on which a space where citizens can build relationships, develop new ideas, be empowered and co-create services, can emerge in Seraing. Three main challenges were identified: first, the importance of defining a strategy to assure the inclusiveness and accessibility of the place, including through its aesthetics. Second, establishing the active role of citizens in the implementation of the new space, its programme and mission. And third, creating a strong partnership between public actors, private actors and citizens, with a medium-long term sustainability in mind.
Internal debates on how best to tailor a community centre around local characteristics, needs and constraints continued during the first phase of the collaborative process for the design of one of two community centres, the Maison du Peuple. Some issues of method and the need to foresee the main risks associated with this kind of process persuaded the management team that further investigation was necessary and some inspiration could be found in similar projects, in particular projects with a focus on how to promote civic engagement, create places where people can meet and share and facilitate access to services. Turin was immediately considered as particularly interesting as a case study and destination for a field visit, for two reasons. First, the city of Turin promoted and implemented the UIA funded project Co-City, which aimed to foster citizens’ participation in taking care of public spaces through agreements called “pacts of collaboration”. This project could be investigated to learn about how the relations between citizens and the municipality were weaved on the one side and how the cooperation among different public services and departments was boosted. Second, Turin has a long history of community hubs which were born independently of one another and have been able to develop over time a unique model of functioning with regard to both their territory and public authority. It is this model that could be explored but also different systems of governance, their specificities and relevance in relation to Seraing’s scenario.
 Arebs is the municipal agency for the economic development of the Seresian area and is in charge of the APTBC project on behalf of the city of Seraing.
 “Third places, spaces of all possibilities (created) by and for every citizen in Seraing?”
 The notion of third place is difficult to define theoretically, because its applications have gone further than its original meaning. Today, a third place is a space that is collectively created, where people can meet, share and produce ideas and projects. It is a space of co-production and social connection.
 The first phase of the collective process, meant to fix the main objectives of the community centre, lasted from March to July 2021.