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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, 2013
Pause City:
A Surrealist Museum for Seoul

We live in an era where the Museum has become a default cultural commodity, indispensable piece of the urban jigsaw for any self-respecting “contemporary/modern/en-vogue” 21st Century city.  Often situated in segregated cultural districts (Seoul’s Leeum is no exception) they no longer follow the institutional system “collect to display” rather the organism has been inverted to follow the dictum “display to collect”; the collection referring to the endless merchandise which is rapidly replacing the “original” artifacts themselves.

Th is semester the studio will challenge these notions and speculate whether the Museum can be returned to the city; an institution that celebrates urban life the expressions of time and place that inspire our everyday, leading to alterna-tive architectural strategies that assemble fragments and celebrate a city that is beautifully incomplete.  Our approach will be empirical, interpreting the city through direct contact, sampling and exploring the notion of “Pause”.


Our challenge is to attempt to define what makes up a New Museum for Seoul today, as an antithesis to the Guggenheim and MOMA ventures that have engulfed so many cities today, and in the process reveal the layers of complexity that defi ne Seoul’s urban condition.




Studio Instructor
Prof. Peter W. Ferretto 


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