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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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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.




Space
Seoul, 2011

Interpreting Fragments
First Publication of PWFERRETTO's work


When you only see a part, it’s even stronger than seeing the whole. The whole might have a logic, but the fragment takes on a tremendous value in abstraction. Abstraction induces mystery and wonder, creating a kind of obsession of discovery. This happens commonly in films, where mystery is alluded or created via editing. I conceive architecture in the same manner, whereby fragments reveal and create a sense of wonder.

When I design projects I have no premeditated goal or design objective, the project arises almost by chance from the juxtaposition of different ideas, what I call “fragments”, which have infinite ways of being arranged. I don’t have any all-encompassing architectural language; I rely on the fragments to generate propositions in the forms of (mini) narratives.

Fragments allow the project to appear and dissolve through the process, a process which is not progressive but rather associative and reliant on indeterminacy. It is only when you get stuck and pause to contemplate these unknowns that the project comes into focus, like a mosaic that cannot be seen from close range and needs distance to be understood; through this process of interpretation the fragments start to be arranged, to bind with one another to create a singular idea.



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