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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.




Venice Biennale
Venice, 2018
Condition Tower
Hong Kong Exhibition

Hong Kong is a city that is often misunderstood, caught between two ideologies: east and west. Mention Hong Kong and immediately you conjure ideas of density in the skyscrapers. This vertical city, however, is surprisingly rooted to the ground. Streets, alleys, steps, terraces, landings, pavements, any surface becomes a potential site for inhabitation.  This appreciation of the ground plane generates a series of conditions: conditions of real life, situations where they live, though adapting and mediating.Urban conditions allow the inhabitants of Hong Kong to calibrate their life within the city.

This tower is conceived as a vertical manifestation of Hong Kong’s life. A tower of everyday conditions, from street market stalls to interstitial hidden spaces, each stacked to reveal a showcase of extreme density. The tower becomes the tertiary structure of the city, where each condition, to take the biological analogy further, represents the DNA of Hong Kong.  Rather than speculate on form or structure of potential new towers, this tower narrates a series of stories, spaces and buildings that constitute the background of the city highlighting a hybrid design somewhere between an anthropological cross-section of everyday Hong Kong life and an archaeological ruin of ephemeral conditions that will soon disappear.




Exhibition Team
Prof. Peter W. Ferretto
CHOI Sungyeol

Student Assistant
LAM Man Yan Milly
WONG Fai Nam Arthur 



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