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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
Daejeon, 2009
The Rebirth of the River


Following on from last year’s “DMZ” AA visiting programme in Paju Book City, Seoul the AA has been invited to collaborate again this summer with SAKIA (The Korean RIBA) and Daejeon University.

SAKIA have set the new high-profile Korean President’s “Grand Projet” canal development that will connect Seoul to Busan as the main topic for the workshop.  At present there is huge political speculation surrounding this massive infrastructural project in Korea with very little attention given to the social and architectural implications.  Our aim will be to interrogate the project critically and to produce a response that engages the new canal/river with its context (physical/social).

In the workshop students will explore how architectural thinking can be stimulated by design activities.  Students will investigate alternative architectures and critical ways of working across new design platforms, collaborative media and materials systems in order to visualize proposals and ideas that in turn are intended to energize larger political, professional and public discussions about the future of the river.



AAVS Korea Director
Peter W. Ferretto


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