Identification of Joint Research Directions between the Centre for Regional Geography and the World Bank, 29 January 2013, Cluj-Napoca
At the beginning of 2013, the Centre for Regional Geography hosted the visit of Mr Marcel Ionescu-Heroiu, representative of the World Bank. Mr Ionescu-Heroiu presented the World Bank’s interest in regional development and spatial planning and the opening of the institution to development plans and strategies at meso- and micro-scale level. Professor Pompei Cocean and Associate Professor, Arch. Radu Spânu, who were present at the meeting, welcomed the World Bank’s initiative and highlighted the applicability of the projects achieved by the Centre (Local Development Strategy for the Municipality of Craiova; Sinaia – Azuga – Buşteni – Predeal – Râşnov – Braşov – Poiana Braşov Inter-municipal Spatial Plan; North-West Region Spatial Plan. Major Coordinates). Given the orientation of the World Bank towards the achievement of regional studies on some cities, one of which was Cluj-Napoca, Mr Cocean and Mr Spânu presented the urban solutions proposed over the years for this metropolis, with a focus on accessibility, development of urban and regional tourism, and relocation of services to industrial parks. The opportunity of institutional collaboration remained permanently open.