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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.




SNU DAAE 4.1
Seoul, 2011
Adapting Presence/ Present Adapting


You have to begin to lose your memory, if only in bits and pieces, to realize that memory is what makes our lives. Life without memory is no life at all . . . Our memory is our coherence, our reason, our feeling, even our action. Without it, we are nothing…
Luis Buñuel

Seoul is constantly changing. The present change is a constant expansion of the city outwards towards the periphery. Is this condition inevitable or are there other models? In this studio we will seek to find a new model which considers two points:

PRESERVATION
Retain and work with an existing building, Sewon Sanga, an icon of the 1970s which will soon be demolished and replaced with a generic, glazed modern architecture that is inundating the world from Dubai to Phoenix via Hanoi.

STOP THE SPRAWL
To present another viable option to the sprawling city, we will seek to introduce a new public programme into the existing building as to make the building centre for people all around Seoul, from children to pensioners.



Studio Instructor
Prof. Peter W. Ferretto


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