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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.



ZHANG Xiaojun

Thesis Topic:

Resilient Village as a Rural Response to the Urbanizing Megacity of Greater Bay Area in China


Abstract:


The exponential growth of economy has put the world into a booming construction site for everything, one of which is the witnessable urbanization. Megacities are rising one after another. This research situated in the newly rising megacity of the greater bay area in China. The magnitude of its expansion, both speed and scale, has been shaping the Pearl River Delta area drastically. The promising urbanizing future indulges this relentless development. How can we measure this glorious madness? Besides those prosperous propaganda numbers, the change of the other side, the rural lands, is a significant bottom-up lens to observe this transformation. Inevitably, the urban impacts would confront the rural villages, requiring a response to survive. No response equals demolishment. Counter reaction leads to resilience. Proposing resilient village is a path of identifying the impacts from megacity urbanization, and measuring the village responsive conditions in both sociological and spatial transformation. In terms of scopes, it is the degree of scales (the big picture, village morphology, and streetscape) that are practically performing the resilient condition. In terms of depth, it is the performing degree of resilience (none, weak, medium and strong) that effectively shapes the development of villages. The theory of resilience provides a systematic assessment view towards a type living environment- rural villages. Field research and multi-degree of village mapping would be conducted as collection of evidential observation. The villages could be dissected sociologically and spatially to constitute the structure and proposition of resilient village.