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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
Hong Kong, 2021
Material Praxis - Designing Social Agencies

The Design/Research course addresses the social responsibility of architecture vis-a-vis material prototypes that engage directly with real everyday social issues. Architecture is intrinsically connected to finding solutions to specific problems, we call this “Design”. Design goes beyond identifying issues, it has to have prepositional qualities, provide solutions that address the problems at stake. Within this context, research by design opens the possibility to address pressing social issues that afflict our society.

This is a 4- week intensive course that will investigate the issue of Homelessness in Hong Kong. Students working in groups of three will be asked to design and build a 1:1 Homeless Refuge prototype using a palette of readily available and cost-efficient materials. The course focuses on the notion of “Material Narratives” a research method of generating knowledge from how materials can be applied and used in a new context.


Period
2020-2021, Summer Semester



Instructor
Prof. Peter W. Ferretto