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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.





S.ARCH 
Cuba, 2019
From Local Practice to Urban Tactic
Learning from Hong Kong’s Vernacular Spatial Practice


Abstract
In the dense urban fabric of Asian cities, anonymous colonization of public space is a common practice. Every city inherits its unique techniques and behavioural habit to adapt within its own urban setting, creating an integral part of the city life experience. It is a result of the tension between the scarce and expensive privately owned space and opportunistic public space. This paper takes Hong Kong as a study field to identify the tactical characteristics of the existing local practice in the public domain, in turning leftover urban spaces into usable resource, with limited infrastructure - an unique vernacular practice of self-built urbanism.

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Conference
The 6th International Conference
on Architecture & Built Environment with AWARDs

Location
Havana, Cuba

Date
5-7 Mar, 2019



Author
Prof. Peter W. Ferretto
CHOI Sze Ho



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