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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 4.2
Seoul, 2010
Acupuncture Urbanism Manila


This studio will be based in Manila, Philippines. The project will be a collective urban group project where students will work in teams of 3/4 with the aim of producing a book, a publication that will be released at the end of the semester, ready to be published.
Architecture and Urbanism are rapidly becoming separate fields, the prognosis of this condition is a city developed and dominated by “Capital” urbanism where the master-plan mentality prevails. Zoning, massing, FAR, units and other abstract rules that aim to sanitize the city purge it of all its complexity and contradictions.

This studio aims to look at the city from a different stand point, embarking into an investigation which looks at existing buildings, rooms and spaces and from this sum of these pluralities assembles a series of interventions which alone are isolated occurrences but collectively knit into the fabric of the city.

Coming from Seoul, SNU students have an instinctive insight into the advantages and perils of rapid modernization. The phenomenal transformation Seoul has undergone in the last 40 years, which in western metropolis occurred over a period of 200 years of industrialization, is becoming a de facto reality in many Asian cities. Manila is an emerging Capital and in the process of rapidly modernising. Can we propose an alternative plan? Is there an alternative to persistent gentrification and the multiplication of shopping malls? These and other questions are the starting point of our studio project which will culminate in four specific design interventions.



Studio Instructor
Prof. Peter W. Ferretto


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