The Practice of Urban Renewal Based on Creative Industry: Experience from the Huangjueping Creative Industries in Chongqing - China

Liu Dong, Mustapha Haruna


Along with urbanization, the cities in China are faced with a series of adjustments such as industrial transformation, economic growth, and organic update. The Huangjueping creative industry (based) in Chongqing developed an industrial cluster built around arts relying on the College and using its vacant resources such as warehouse and factory buildings among others. The industry emphasizes their presence with cultural features and renews the urban blocks with simple and rich distinctive forms. This paper examines the policy and process of urban transformation using arts, culture and creativity. We found out that culture and creativity can modify urban fabric using arts in a process of urban renewal, and creating industrial clusters. We also found out that graffiti can be used to create unique urban traits and distinctiveness, and that industrial clusters are more effective in cultural and creative industries compared to other local economic development activities. The paper concludes that focusing policy on utilizing a city’s uniqueness provides a new perspective to developing sustainably.

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