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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.




UIA 
Seoul, 2017
Background City:
Inhabited Urban Conditions of Hong Kong 


Abstract
This article explores the Background City, i.e. the everyday city we inhabit but fail to acknowledge and argues for its relevance in establishing the cultural identity of a city. The discussion focuses on the anonymous and marginal architecture of Hong Kong, a city that embodies the idea of the city as background, coming into existence virtually by accident, it is today a manufactured and superimposed urban amalgam that has to constantly adapt to mitigate the hard realities of dwelling within extreme density-more than a city Hong Kong represents an urban condition. The article further makes the case, in line with the writings of the Italian anthropologist Franco La Cecla that architects, urbanist, and planners are today no longer able to engage and appreciate the everyday urban condition, and by association have lost the capacity to observe. Within Hong Kong's invisible conditions lie the daily narratives of how citizens inhabit the city, a constellation of occupied spaces where local customs survive and form the real, as opposed to the "real estate", living organism that is Hong Kong. By switching the attention from individual architectural works, the foreground city, towards a layered background, we can understand ways to categorize and transform Hong Kong's rich urban fabric and at the same time retain its essential cultural DNA.

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Conference
UIA 2017 Seoul World Architects Congress

Location
Seoul, South Korea

Date
3-10 Sept, 2017

Lecturer
Prof. Peter W. Ferretto 



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