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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.




M2
Hong Kong, 2016
Crafts Vault:
The V&A Academy of Artisanal Crafts
Student: CHEE King Hei Thomas

Responding to the uncertain future of traditional crafts industry in the UK threatened by the economic downturn and the rise of new manufacturing technologies, the proposal by introducing crafts workshops into a new extension of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, tries to promote a new typology of museum building for storing and exhibiting crafts that could help bringing the lost touch of crafts back to the modern city.  


Reclaim the Residual:
Local Inhabitation in the Lost Space
Student: LEUNG Shuk Wa Shirley

Hong Kong’s image has always inclined to its skyscraper skyline.  With its high density, extreme architecture and complex infrastructure, such unique condition generates lots of the residual spaces interweave in-between the urban fabric.Such by-products of development are physically present, yet mentally detached.

They are the form of absence – which often being neglected, misused or isolated from current development.  Hong Kong embraces a condensed, complicated and layered urban system, which both creates and hides these residual spaces. Outside the effecitve use of modern movement, they are often being ignored or hided intentionally or being replaced by aggressive insertion of mass and object often result in a violent transformation of these vacant and strange spaces that dissolving its own beauty.


Polarised Society:
Bridging the GAP, Culture and Play
Student: KAN Wing Tommy


Hong Kong is becoming an increasingly polarised society, conflicts are occurring more often than before. These conflicts could be boiled down to people not willing to respect opinions and views that are not in line with their own. In trying to identify the reasons that makes the society so volatile these days, I have identified four major factors that contribute to this shift of social dynamics:
a rigid educational system
isolation in an age of hyper-connectivity,
a continual search for identity
a lack of social mobility


Thesis Instructor
Prof. Peter W. Ferretto



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