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Condition_Lab is a Design Research Laboratory based within the School of Architecture at CUHK. Established in 2018, our primary focus is to improve people’s lives through design.

The Lab’s research resolves around designing socially responsible architectural prototypes. By working hand-in-hand with local partners on real sites, our aim is to develop projects that foster a better sense of community. The prototype acts as a vessel to generate new knowledge about how people inhabit their environment.

Our philosophy revolves around the paradox embedded into the word “condition”, as a noun it refers to a context, a circumstance, or a situation, while as a verb it implies change - to condition something based on an original state.




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The Chinese University of Hong Kong
 



Condition_Lab is a Design Research Laboratory based within the School of Architecture at CUHK. Established in 2018, our primary focus is to improve people’s lives through design.

The Lab’s research resolves around designing socially responsible architectural prototypes. By working hand-in-hand with local partners on real sites, our aim is to develop projects that foster a better sense of community. The prototype acts as a vessel to generate new knowledge about how people inhabit their environment.




AAVS
Seoul, 2008
Korean DMZ: A Border Opportunity


Political speculation of when and how North and South Korea will unify has long been a topic of discussion.  This workshop takes for granted that eventually the two Koreas will be reunited, however rather than analyse these repercussions and be forced to take sides with either Pyongyang or Seoul, we set up a new hypothesis, i.e. what if the De-Militarised Zone (DMZ) was to become a new independent nation, a state within a state comparable to Monaco/ France, Vatican/ Italy, Liechtenstein/ Switzerland.

The workshop aims to address the uncharted subject of the architecture of a nation, where political and economic systems will be challenged along side with architectural design and urban theories.  How do architects react when designing at such scale, can Sant’Elian utopias be replaced by the basics of constructing a country.  How a strip of land more than 600 square miles in area, 2.5 miles wide and spanning from coast to coast along the 38th parallel, dividing North and South Korea, change from a cold war residual space to a new nation.



AAVS Korea Director
Peter W. Ferretto


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