Draw a line from each vertex to the interior point where the four regions meet. This divides each region into two triangles. On each side of the large figure (north, south, east, and west), two of these triangles are neighbors and have the same area (because they have the same base and height) (here’s a figure).

The four triangles that make up the northeast and southwest regions have the same area as the four triangles that make up the northwest and southeast regions. This means that each pair of diagonally opposite regions makes up half the total area of the figure. So the missing area is 28 cm^{2}.

02/24/2019 Reader Bill Bowser sent this diagram (thanks, Bill):