It aims to repeat its manufacturing success by grouping artistic professions the way it did its factories.
He Jiankiang is not a romantic. He doesn’t pine for a lost China buried under skyscrapers. But when he heard that an old factory at the edge of town was being converted to office space for creative types, the architect leapt at the chance to move.
“In the past, there was nobody thinking about this kind of thing … about what creative people need,” Mr. He says from his balcony, overlooking old warehouses and machine rooms at the Yangcheng Evening News Creative Industry Zone in Guangzhou, southern China. “Nobody was thinking about what the future would be.”