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Toland, A and Christ, MC and Worrall, J, DigitalXPlace, Placemaking Fundamentals for the Built Environment, Palgrave Macmillan, D Hes and Chernandez-Santin (ed), Singapore, pp. 253-274. ISBN 978-981-32-9623-7 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: doi:10.1007/978-981-32-9624-4_12


Digital placemaking is a term given to a range of evolving practices that combine emerging digital technologies and placemaking initiatives. Over the past five years, its meaning has significantly shifted as a result of the proliferation of smartphones as mobile technological platforms and the ubiquity of social media. This chapter aims to move beyond the current fashionability of both the ‘digital’ and ‘placemaking’ discourses to provide a critical consideration of various ways in which technology is shaping social-spatial design, research, and practices and vice versa. It considers a number of diverse cases in which urban situations and digital technologies have intersected. Ultimately, however, we argue that the techno-social matrix through which we currently perceive and understand the city is now already deeply suffused with digital media and tools, raising a question as to what the adjectival modifier ‘digital’ actually illuminates. This requires us to refocus our attention back towards the making of places with the most effective tools available, which will inevitably involve a mix of the analogue and the digital.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:digital placemaking, crowdsourcing, community mapping, participatory design, post-disaster, temporary urbanism
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Urban and regional planning
Research Field:History and theory of the built environment (excl. architecture)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in built environment and design
UTAS Author:Worrall, J (Professor Julian Worrall)
ID Code:140223
Year Published:2020 (online first 2019)
Deposited By:Syndicate Technology Environments and Design
Deposited On:2020-07-31
Last Modified:2020-09-01

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