Urban Innovation Unit
The Cluj-Napoca Urban Innovation Unit is a research and development programme, bringing together ideas, knowledge and resources from the civil society, the academic sector, the cultural sector, the business sector and the public administration to propose alternative solutions to the city’s strategic challenges.
Developed in partnership with the Centre for Innovation and Civic Imagination of the Municipality of Cluj-Napoca, the Urban Innovation Unit is focused on R&D projects in urban mobility, future of work and urban resilience.
In 2022, the Urban Innovation Unit will be fully transferred to the Cluj-Napoca City Hall.
From October 1st to November 7th, the Work Upside Down exhibition offers you a journey through fragments of the future of work. Part of the Cluj...read more
Cluj Future of Work is a project that explores the different ways and systems through which the city of Cluj-Napoca could face the challenges that will appear in the future on the labor market.read more
re:form is a facilitation and microfinancing programme for rethinking work practices in the cultural sector. It encourages the infusion of...read more
Implementation of Cluj Innovation Fellowships and Future of Work (FoW) transfer sessions
Understanding the lessons learned from the innovation and transfer mechanisms developed in UIU (Urban Innovation Unit) 2017-2021
Identification of the UIU transfer model
The Future of Work: Preparing the Cluj-Napoca Innovation Fellowships (BIC) mechanism.
Future of Work: Preparing and launching the re:form program.
Mapping the response to the COVID-19 pandemic study (national and local level), conducted in collaboration with the Association for Community Relations and Făgăraș Research Institute.
Urban Resilience: we started Cluj Resilience Tracker, an approach to understanding how Cluj organizations responded to the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Urban Mobility: a first optimization of the public transport system use by students.
Cluj Future of Work - the first Eastern European project financed by Urban Innovative Actions - was launched. .
Cluj Future of Work is co-managed by Cluj-Napoca City Hall and Cluj Cultural Center, in a consortium with eight other local organizations: Cluj Metropolitan Area Intercommunity Development Association, Transylvania Creative Industries Cluster, Transylvanian Furniture Cluster, Cluj IT Cluster, Transylvania IT Cluster, Transylvania International Film Festival, University of Art and Design Cluj-Napoca and ZAIN Transylvanian Creativity Festival.
The establishment of the Urban Innovation Unit in Cluj-Napoca was announced as a partnership between Cluj Cultural Center and the City Hall.
The three winning projects of the Innovation Fund proposed new scenarios for the use of common spaces to the community.
We have brought together an interdisciplinary working group to develop the Mobility Pact and propose recommendations for improving traffic conditions in the city.
We launched the first call for groups of citizens interested in experimenting with the redevelopment of spaces between their blocks of flats to encourage behaviors that contribute to sustainable urban mobility.