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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.




The Village Question
Hong Kong, 2019
SEED Grant
The Village Question :
Strategies for a sustainable Development of China’s Dong Minority Rurual Villages


The Chinese village offers a unique opportunity to build a new sustainable strategy to rebalance the effects of overwhelming rampant modernization in China. Following three decades of rapid urbanization, rural villages have either been left behind or transformed beyond recognition. Historically, villages have always played a critical role in the relationship between the city (城) and the countryside (鄉) in China, where the village embodies the Chinese agrarian heritage and holds a unique place in people’s hearts.

This research proposal will focus on Dong minority villages. The Dong ethnic minority has a long history dating back to the Tang Dynasty, with a present population of over 3 million people. Dong villages mostly sit in the mountainous areas of southern China at the junction of three provinces, Guizhou, Hunan and Guangxi. Over centuries Dong villages have developed a unique social culture connected to the land and rooted in their relationship with timber. Today, in a similar manner to many other rural villages in China, the Dong community faces numerous challenges that threaten its very existence; Village Hollowing related to mass urban migration, environmental pollution as a consequence of rapid modernization, loss of cultural heritage associated with tourism and lack of educational investment.    




Fund
HKD 200, 000

Period
2019 - 2020

Research Team
Prof. Peter W. Ferretto
LAM Man Yan Milly
LIU Ziwei Paula
WANG Haoran Howard
WONG Yuk Tsin Beryl

Collaboration
Guangzhou University
Prof. CAI Ling

Department of Anthropology, CUHK
Andrew Kipnis

Tsinghua University
ZHOU Zhengxu

Shanzhai City
LAM Tat

Managerial Economics, CUHK
XIAO Xiaoyu


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