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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.




Villages Prototypes
Hong Kong, 2020
The Journal of Architecture
Villages Prototypes: A Survival Strategy for Chinese Minority Rural Villages

Rural Chinese villages are disappearing at an alarming rate. Unprece-dented urban growth either has or is in the process of decimating the physical and cultural identity of the village. This paper explores an alternative adaptive strategy for the Dong Minority rural villages of Southern China. Through the implementation of various forms of archi-tectural prototypes, an operational tool to interrogate the village, local crafts and traditional customs are transformed through design prop-ositions. Dong’s inherently social and spatial structures become agents of change, assisting the prototype to calibrate an incremental modernis-ation approach; a paradigm for the community to realise that coexis-tence with the times doesn’t necessarily equate with the erosion of heritage.


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Authur
Prof. Peter W. Ferretto
Prof. CAI Ling

Publication Info. 
The Journal of Architecutre
Volume 25, 2020, Issue 1


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