Iron economy. Rethinking the potential of rust belts
“The Smartest Places on Earth: Why Rustbelts Are the Emerging Hotspots of Global Innovation” attempts to rethink the potential of former industrial zones. The authors of the book, Fred Bakker and Antoine van Agtmael, argue that the rust belts are emerging as new economic and innovation hotspots. As major tech corporations, startups and universities relocate their headquarters to former industrial zones, these spaces transform into “brain belts” where cutting-edge intellectual products are generated.