Rising millennial workforce, government support for innovation and startups, changing public attitude from “owing” to “sharing” stuff, and of course the huge market scale: everything makes China a perfect for the development of co-working or shared space industry.

Unsurprisingly, the industry took off in China over the past two years in a big way, marked by the emergence of a slew of shared space operators. At TechCrunch Shanghai 2017, we invited management from world’s top players in the field—WeWork, URWork, and naked Hub—to the same stage to share their insights and ideas on several core issues in the industry.

As a shared space operator, finding amazing buildings and furnishing that are not just comfortable but also an inspiring environment is where everyone gets started. This is perhaps one of those most obvious but also the toughest problems. Environment design could be done in a million different ways, but a good one combines aesthetics, functionality, and imagination.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.