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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.




Beijing Exhibition
Beijing, 2012

CU-Space Gallery, 798-Beijing, China

“STOP”Architecture needs a break.  Rarely do architects have time to contemplate what they are designing or pursuing. Whilst developing projects we fall victim of endless discussions about formalistic, political, practical and other tactical arguments while the bigger picture of what does it all add up to is left lingering as a blurred intangible plan.

Rather than represent the first 20 projects completed since we opened the architectural studio PWFERRETTO in 2009, we have chosen to “STOP” and look back to reassess what it could all mean. This exhibition is a mental cleaning act, a process of cleaning thoughts,hard drives, concepts, models which un-equivocally does not wish to become sentimental and nostalgic but install the same sense of vigour one feels when disposing waste, emancipation.

“STOP” is a standalone project, a project which uses architectural projects as elements to compose a piece. Images stop being representations of spaces and buildings to transform into individual experiences. Architects have become accustomed and dextrous in communicating via virtual mediums; from rendering to animations virtual tools have made reality an artificial and fabricated condition. “STOP” seeks to change this paradigm and produce mirages that make see what we could have never seen, hidden spaces.

Team
Peter W. Ferretto
KIM Hyunsu
PYUN Heeyoung



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