It’s the smartphone that will determine how ‘a sense of place’ is experienced. Think about the questions above; they cover the variables that determine how successful a place is. At the human level, they are what all of us want to know. The place that helps us answer these questions will be successful. The place that informs, inspires and excites us will prosper.
Socially productive places will embrace this digital layer. And if they don’t then they will not be fit for purpose.
The consistent message of the last year seems to be that we need to spread our aspirations for the digital economy beyond apps, and into more interesting interfaces with the real world. We’re not making nearly enough use of the fact that our phones are location-aware just yet.