Digital Placemaking for Urban Regeneration: Identification of Historic Heritage Values in Taiwan and the Baltic States

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Digital Placemaking for Urban Regeneration: Identification of Historic Heritage Values in Taiwan and the Baltic States


  • Chih-ming Shih Department of Architecture, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
  • Sandra Treija Faculty of Architecture, Riga Technical University, Latvia
  • Kęstutis Zaleckis Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
  • Uģis Bratuškins Faculty of Architecture, Riga Technical University, Latvia
  • Chi-Hui Chen Department of Architecture, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
  • Yen-Hung Chen Department of Architecture, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
  • Charles Tzu Wei Chiang Department of Architecture, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
  • Laura Jankauskaitė-Jurevičienė Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
  • Jūratė Kamičaitytė Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
  • Alisa Koroļova Faculty of Architecture, Riga Technical University, Latvia
  • Huei-Chen Lee Department of Architecture, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
  • Arnis Lektauers Department of Modelling and Simulation, Riga Technical University, Latvia
  • Aušra Mlinkauskienė Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania


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Abstract:  The active use of modern technology has affected the relationship between people and place. The “digital environment” and the “digital community” are becoming an increasingly important factor in people’s daily life, leading to a loss of belonging to a place, an entire neighbourhood, and a community. In the long run, this poses risks to the unification of values and the loss of identity. In this context, the involvement of the local community in the identification and preservation of historical heritage and defining the specific values of each site is particularly important. Thus, both the attraction of the local community to specific places and the revealed potential of local tourism are promoted. Digital placemaking enters urban regeneration as a logical approach to mixing digital and physical environments and involving the local community. Several GIS-based platforms and other tools are used to identify heritage values, both tangible and intangible. Although digital placemaking is emerging worldwide, its manifestations are closely related to specific local circumstances. The article focuses on the key characteristics and configurations of the digital placemaking tools within particular communities. The study tests digital placemaking practice in the historical districts of three cities: Taipei (Taiwan), Riga (Latvia), and Kaunas (Lithuania).

Keywords:  Baltic states; digital placemaking; heritage values; public involvement; Taiwan; urban regeneration

Published:   17 November 2021


DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/up.v6i4.4406


© Chih-ming Shih, Sandra Treija, Kęstutis Zaleckis, Uģis Bratuškins, Chi-Hui Chen, Yen-Hung Chen, Charles Tzu Wei Chiang, Laura Jankauskaitė-Jurevičienė, Jūratė Kamičaitytė, Alisa Koroļova, Huei-Chen Lee, Arnis Lektauers, Aušra Mlinkauskienė. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits any use, distribution, and reproduction of the work without further permission provided the original author(s) and source are credited.