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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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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.




Elective 
Gaobu, 2017
Dong Workshop 2017


1.Gaobu is an example of a working Dong Minority village with a rich heritage
Today the village still operates as a “active/living” village
2.Daily life, agriculture (rice -harvested twice a year)
3.The village is based on a strong “clan” family structure
4.Where two public buildings play a key social role
5.Drum Tower – a form of community center for a number of families
6.Wind and Rain Bridge – a communal meeting point and the main symbolic building of the village, spanning the river
7.Along the PingTan river there are a number of villages that have been granted special heritage status
8.When this happens the village changes, they become tourist hotspots and their authentic identity is diluted and some cases lost
9.Because of the economic and social attractions the villages are losing most of the working age population
10.With the resulting demographic anomaly that Gaobu is populated by very old and very young people, children and pensioners.


Period
2oth - 31st Jun, 2017



Instructor
Prof. Peter W. Ferretto
Prof. CAI Ling



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