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The term “smart city” is already somewhat cliché, but how we plan to design intelligent, liveable cities of the future is far from clear. Is a smart city efficient and sustainable, or does it enable chaotic anonymity and personal freedom? And are these goals even mutually exclusive? Some view the modern city as a human-made open-source production, some as a sale markets, and others as a symbol of public participation. Yet as much as these opinions diverge, the topic of mobility is essential. How we move through and get around in a city is relevant to all of us. In addition, there are also clear interactions between the city and the countryside that are becoming more important in times of rising rents and a possible exodus to the rural-urban fringes.