The truth about smart cities: ‘In the end, they will destroy democracy’


The smart city is, to many urban thinkers, just a buzzphrase that has outlived its usefulness: ‘the wrong idea pitched in the wrong way to the wrong people’. So why did that happen – and what’s coming in its place, asks Steven Poole


“Why do smart cities offer only improvement?” asks the architect Rem Koolhaas. “Where is the possibility of transgression?””

Sure, but transgression is not programmable!

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