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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.




MTR
Hong Kong, 2015
Installation Design


CAST RESPECT “Cast Respect” is a sculpture that questions our perception of what respect might mean today.  It avoids being either a metaphor or a symbol, two common traits of so many contemporary public sculptures; rather it challenges the notion of what respect might be and ultimately it makes you think.
Like the opening statement says, respect is a way of thinking, a relative notion that has always to be re-interpreted.  “Cast Respect” plays on the paradox of something being both fragile and solid at the same time.  Starting by stacking a series of mundane post-its, a fragile object was created that would virtually collapse the second it was completed.  By photographing it, its presence was cast, recorded for posterity


The process of casting became integral to the concept of the project, where cast translated from a cognitive action to a physical action, literally casting the spaces made by the post-it notes.  Scale and material transform the concept into physicality a totem that conjures questions and creates a sense of mystery.



Second Prize
MTR Art Competition

Team
Prof. Peter W. Ferretto
CHOI Sungyeol


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