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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 
Heyuan, 2020
The Beauty of Everyday Buildings


"What I would like to do, if it were at all possible, would be to visit abandoned houses in the countryside, salvage their dust-covered tea bowls, and prepare a fresh serving of tea. Doing that, I could return to the roots of tea and commune with the earliest tea masters to my heart's content."

Inspired by Soetsu Yanagi's book "The Beauty of Everyday Things" (1933) this elective investigates how normal buildings are built, the default buildings no one talks about but we all use. In the footsteps of Bernard Rudofsky' s seminal book
"Architecture without Architects" (1965) we will compile an atlas of China's Middle Ground, that amalgamated territory that exists between rural villages and urban centres. Students will compile a book, a taxonomy of 3 story house typologies, following a material and tectonic analysis that draws upon Kenneth Frampton's book "Studies of Tectonic Culture" (1995).


Period
2019-2020, Spring Semester



Instructor
Prof. Peter W. Ferretto



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