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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 
Hong Kong, 2018
Condition/ Community:
Design + Make a Learning Center


Every human being is an artist, a freedom being, called to participate in transforming and reshaping the conditions, thinking and structures that shape and inform our lives.
Joseph Beuys

This elective course focuses on the design of a small Learning Centre for the Sisters of the Precious Blood Community in the New Territories, Hong Kong. Students will develop a design for a 200m² education facility in a vacant plot adjacent to the Sister’s complex.

Architecture is fundamentally connected to building. Students seldom, during the course of their studies, design projects that get built; however when confronted with the realities of construction, the architect is challenged with issues that go beyond aesthetics and functionality. Faced with the prospect of building, a new set of parameters enter the equation: considerations relating to feasibility, phasing, access, availability, cost, contingencies and most importantly collaboration play a crucial role in the implementation of a design.

Team work is an essential part of the architectural process, during this course students will collaboratively prepare a construction documentation set for a small educational building. The new Learning Centre will be a sustainable building where young girls can learn and gain knowledge about ecological and social issues. It is part of a masterplan for a bigger site accommodating a residential block, a spiritual garden and an urban farm.



Period
2018-2019, Fall Semester



Instructor
Prof. Peter W. Ferretto



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