Smart City Cluj, from Provincial Hotspot to Transnational Hub: The Adventures of a Would-Be Post-Industrial City in Romania
Smart City Cluj, vom provinziellen Hotspot zum transnationalen Knotenpunkt: Die Abenteuer einer rumänischen Möchtegern- Post-Industriestadt
The focus of this essay is, first, to see if the Transylvanian city of Cluj can really be counted amongst »post-industrial« cities – or, at least, if its strategies of development would really allow it to be listed as a »post-industrial« city in the foreseeable future. Secondly, the essay will try to find the set of factors that determines the city's current – as it will unfold – ambitious development and, future – no less ambitious – projects. Thirdly, the link between the post-industrial spin and the emergence of an important creative industries scene will be considered, as the essay will try to explain the role of creative industries in the new post-industrial economic dynamic of the city.