© Anders Lisdorf 2020
Anders LisdorfDemystifying Smart Citieshttps://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-5377-9_1

1. Introduction

Anders Lisdorf
Copenhagen, Denmark
One of the first musical memories I have is Queen’s music video for “Radio Gaga” in which a bleak future city with flying cars and high rises is portrayed. For some odd reason, I ended up seeing the film that provided the background footage, Fritz Lang’s visionary 1927 film Metropolis, when I was in first grade at the local library. This left a lasting impression on me about the future of life in cities and the possibilities and challenges they would provide.
Whether we think about the flying cars of a bleak future city in Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, the hidden underground cities of The Matrix ...

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