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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, 2019
Design Studio looking at the role of rural cultural heritage in an ever-expanding urban territory.  We propose this in the context of the “Collective City” theme because we believe it raises important and pressing issues about the notion of collective.  In a paradoxical way, many of the problems, issues that face the contemporary city can be solved or exasperated by how we address the rural.

To challenge conventional preservation paradigms, instigated by a national rural heritage policy focused on introducing tourism as a rural solution. In short, we aim to make these abandoned villages operational again. An abundant number of villages of this kind exist, all of which are confronted with a dark reality: i.e. face certain extinction or lose their soul by giving way to the practice of “Disneyfication”, a form of architectural conservation that mutates villages into an architectural taxidermy museum.

It brings to the table, the condition of the Chinese village, which for more than 30 years has been neglected, abused and depleted of life.  Today, Chinese villages are disappearing at alarming rates, 300/day by some statistics.  Without entering into quantitative research, our proposal wishes to demonstrate that rural villages offer unique opportunities for collective readings.



Exhibition Team
Prof. Peter W. Ferretto
WANG Haoran Howard

Exhibition Info
︎︎︎http://www.seoulbiennale.org



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