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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.



WONG Yuk Tsin Beryl

Thesis Topic:

In Search of the Lost Authenticity in Architecture


Abstract: 

Like human beings, architecture was supposed to choose its own way of existence and has to express a personality that true to it’s nature or. However, in the context of globalization and modernization, the quality of being genuine or not corrupted from the original had in fact became a challenging issue. Architectural designs are aggravating toward a ‘‘scenographic’’ inclination with blind worship of foreign architectural style. Rampant and largely unreflective importation of Western ideas is ubiquitous to new construction in many countries, especially in China.

We had forgotten to resist the contradictions of contemporary culture and traditional identities, and get used to living with the fashionable architectural style. Without integrated consideration and control the dynamic enlargement of politics and economics at the same time, everything has merged into everything else. Exploring authenticity allows thinking back over the truthfulness of origins, attributions, commitments, sincerity, and intentions.

This thesis is challenging if returning to the conversation between materiality and space whilst investigating the links between material aesthetics and technology in architecture could be one of the answers in searching for the lost authenticity under the contemporary atmosphere. Through designing a new timber housing prototype in the Dong minority village in Hunan, China, it generates knowledge of a new timber construction system that integrate the craftsmanship and contemporary industrial application, in order to prevent their rich architectural culture from moving ever closer towards modern extension.