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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.




Seoul Biennale
Seoul, 2017
By City/ By Product
Hong Kong/ Shenzhen


Inspired by observations of real urban settings, By-City / By-Product proposes to examine the contemporary city as a series of conditions, no longer under the control of architects, urbanists and planners, but governed by multiple coexisting agents.  Hong Kong and Shenzhen will be analyzed not through abstract postulations but by focusing on the present reality of the city, the actual urban every day that stares at us in the face, the urban presence of the here and now.

Both cities share a complex interconnected yet detached existence, yet remain connected in their engineered nature, where territory is constantly adapted to mitigate with the changing inhabitation.  By product here refers to the leftover city that we inhabit: the interstitial, hidden and marginal.  By recreating HK conditions in Seoul and juxtaposing them with time fragments from SZ, visitors will be forced to ask questions and engage with the content of the exhibition that will reveal different facets of these two cities.



Credits
The exhibition “By-City / By-Product: Hong Kong, Shenzhen” has been conceived by Peter W. Ferretto and Doreen Heng Liu (Co-curators) in partnership with the School of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Exhibition Team
Prof. Peter W. Ferretto
Prof. LIU Heng
CHOI Sungyeol
WONG Fai Nam Arthur



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