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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.




Elective 
Gaobu, 2019
Gaobu - Applied Knowledge


This is the 4th summer elective CUHK School of Architecture organizes in the village of Gaobu started in 2016, having studied how the village works, our task will be to question the role of the river in transforming the Dong Pingtan River. The river was the reason all the settlements formed in the first place, a natural source for farming, transport and food that today become a marginalized element affected by several problems.

As regional authorities focus on the built environment, the traditional Dong architecture, could the river actually become a new asset to transform the valley. Could the transformation tackle issues of pollution, environment and ecology that are long overdue.

Working in groups students will study existing relationships villagers have with river, study how vernacular buildings engage with the river and the surrounding context. Eventually to propose a series of timber prototypes that can be integrated into the topography. Students will work closely with the local carpenters learning traditional carpentry skills


Period
22nd May - 5th Jun, 2019



Instructor
Prof. Peter W. Ferretto 



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