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The Digital CityMedia and the Social Production of Place$
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Germaine Halegoua

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479839216

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479839216.001.0001

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(p.215) Conclusion
The Digital City

Germaine R. Halegoua

NYU Press

More frequently than ever before, collective and individual placemaking involve routine engagement with digital media texts and practices. As the amount of accessible information about place proliferates, so, too, does the desire to “know one’s place” within space and society. The notion of “spatial reality” has become more personalized, customized, and shareable and at the same time more cartographic, quantifiable, and legible. Noted in several of the case studies presented in this book, digital technologies and practices are, in fact, key elements employed in humanizing the environment of urban spaces. The return to place, urban embodiment and embeddedness are activated and maintained through mediated, symbolic, and networked technologies and practices. This book encourages readers to think of digitally mediated placemaking not as a paradox but as something that populations across the globe habitually and strategically do in their performances of place. Throughout this book, the author calls attention to place and placemaking as integral to analyses of digital media use and relationships between media, bodies, and urban environments.

Keywords:   placemaking, urban planning, digital media use, urban environments, place and society

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