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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.




Mutation House
Gaobu, 2020
This design research proposal investigates the feasibility to build an alternative timber house typology for the Dong Minority community in Hunan, China. The goal is to create a design template for a self-build dwelling from prefabricated timber components addressing two critical issues currently facing the Dong community, i.e.: preventing their rich architectural culture from moving ever closer towards extension and, to propose a new commercial model to inject a financial stimulus into an area that has witnessed a huge exodus of working adults who seek employment in the city.

Traditional Dong timber houses will soon no longer be built, replaced by a hybrid concrete pastiche, completely foreign to the territory. Rather than yield to this trend, this research seeks to propose an alternative solution, in the form of a pilot prototype house, where material technology and self-build initiatives could become the catalyst for both regenerating their house typology and simultaneously create an alternative industry as a source of income to the community.




Research Design Team

Prof. Peter W. Ferretto
LAM Man Yan Milly
LIU Ziwei Paula
WONG Yuk Tsin Beryl



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