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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.




USC 
Shenzhen, 2015
A Taxonomy of Hong Kong’s Infrastructural Spaces


"Background" has inadvertently become the new protagonist; conceived as an amalgam of separate elements bonded together by a potent adhesive of financial and practical reasoning, aka infrastructure, it is instinctively rejected as an example of vulgar opportunistic speculation, where developers and officials collide to maximize the rentable capital.  The backdrop city has eradicated the notion of a planned urban vision, i.e. the city read as a holistic whole. Architects and urbanists alike, for the last 20 years, have avoided addressing this issue and simultaneously failed to analyze its inherent properties.

This project will focus on Hong Kong’s residual urban spaces, hidden and forgotten conditions that have been created by the city’s extreme urbanity and by its vast infrastructural network.  By highlighting spaces typically treated as residue, new potential opportunities can be created, at the same time opening the debate to the public and taking the ball out of the court of the developers to generate a new paradigm of social space.

The middle ground here referred to, is the “wasted” interstitial micro spaces found between Hong Kong’s infrastructural network. At a time when cities in China are developing at unprecedented pace, this project, consisting of both documentation and proposals, explores and manifests the hidden potential associated with urban wasted spaces and to kick start a debate on how such “waste” can be converted into an urban asset.




Exhibition Team
Prof. Peter W. Ferretto
CHOI Sungyeol
CHAN Tak Wing Certina   
CHEE King Hei Thomas



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