Placemaking 4.0 As a Condition for the High Quality of Human Life in the Digital Era

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Placemaking refers to the processes that constitute Place. Placemaking recognizes that places are not only the products of planning, but also the outcomes of complex social relations. It is based on an understanding of place as a relational social construct. Placemaking 4.0 refers to the processes that constitute Place 4.0 with: 1) simultaneous reality and virtuality; and 2) multifunctionality. The 4.0 code refers to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Klaus M. Schwab). Depending on specific goals, Places 4.0 may differ in functions. The only permanent function of such a place is social, which satisfies one of the basic human psychological needs for social communications. Places 4.0 are aimed at minimizing or neutralizing the ‘toxicity’ of the digital environment that threatens the humans with loss of cultural identity, and broken social connections. In addition, they become factors of keeping the intangible and tangible heritage, and   attract the most mobile groups in society.

Key words: placemaking 4.0, social communications, hybrid ontology, multifunctionality, quality of life, mobility, digital nomads, digital network society, interdisciplinary approach.


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