11 September 2017

co+labo radović   co+labo September of international design workshops+symposia continues 

"The Anatomy of Islands" Symposium and Workshop, the events in which co+labo takes part since 2012, will start on 16 September, at the Adriatic island of Lastovo. The theme "In the Search for the Public"is of special importance for Japanese cities and central to co+labo and Darko's own ongoing research. Our team at the "Anatomy 2017" will be numerous, and include Riho Inagaki, Mayuko Mikogami, Yukie Takasu, Keitaro Onishi, Yumi Ishii, Yijia Wang, Shun Kato, Norimi Kinoshita, Masahito Motoyama, Takuomi Samejima and two co+labo Italians, Andrea Bonaiti and Luca Sironi, who have just completed their studies at Keio and are returning to Politecnico di Milano. 
Keio will be joined by the Meiji University (Davisi Boontharm Studio) and University of Tokyo (Kengo Kuma Lab) teams.

Learning the history of western urbanism first-hand, from the historic core of the city of Split, started immediately upon the arrival, by retracing some of the walks and dérive sessions from the  old (2011) co+labo project The Split Case, and on the beaches and in the cafes of the town.


05 September 2017

co+labo radović co+labo September of international design workshops+symposia has started

co+labo radović participated an in international design-research workshop in Belgrade, Serbia (Faculty of Architecture in the period 31.8 – 10.9.2017). Our team Yamashita Shohei, Kato Shun, Kinoshita Norimi and Motoyama Masahito joined forty students and professors from the participating six universities from Serbia, Italy and Japan (the  University of Belgrade, Faculty of Architecture, Serbia, La Sapienza University, Faculty of Architecture, Rome, University of Camerino, Faculty of Architecture, Ascoli Piceno, Italy, University of Sassari, Department for Architecture, Design and Urbanism, Alghero, Italy, Meiji University, Boontharm Studio and Keio University, co+labo).
As Professor Zoran Djukanović, the Organiser of this event, explained that “the Workshop and Symposium “Belgrade in the Plural” is oriented to urban research and urban design research of cultural and urban diversity in the contemporary city, inside the frame of the mainstream urban development tendencies: responsible, sustainable, smart and creative community, based on participation based and good urban design. The Symposium offers keynote lectures by each of the professors, presentations by external experts and debates. The parallel programme offers lectures by all visiting professors."

The teams worked in six groups, with carefully balanced cultural difference and skills. During the final presentation,  a Jury of visiting lecturers and experts have selected the most successful project. Yamashita-san was a co+labo member of the winning team, thus having the best farewell to Milano, where he starts his Double Degree at Politecnico ( 頑張ってください, Shohei-san!).

Professor Djukanović will be a Visiting Professor at co+labo in November this year. His foundational text for the Belgrade in the Plural workshop has been published in the July-August issue of Domus Magazine. You can find that essay (in, we hope, sufficiently good resolution) below.

co+labo radović         about co+labo+Keio Architecture@EAAE Conference in Bordeaux           
(coming soon - preview here)

22 August 2017

co+labo radović      congratulations to our old friend: great recognition of Jan Gehl's work      
We have received a great news from Helle SøholtFounding Partner and CEO of Gehl Architects. Jan Gehl has received yet another recognition of his contribution to urbanism, this time - specifically to his city of Copenhagen. In Helle's own words: "Copenhagen is celebrating it’s 850th birthday this year, and our very own Jan Gehl has been selected as 1 out of 10 influential people through history, who have contributed to the Copenhagen story, alongside people like Absalon (the founder of the city), King Christian IV, Holberg, Thorvaldsen, Rahbek, Carl Jakobsen (Founder of Carlsberg), Bang, Weel and Weidekamp. A pretty esteemed party!"
If you happen to be in Copenhagen in the first part of September - join some of the events celebrating the anniversary of the Danish capital city and its greatest citizens.
A warm co+labo congratulation to Jan, with a photo commemorating one of the meeting and discussions our future collaboration (Darko is an Contextual Research Expert at Gehls, while Davisi translates his books to Thai language.) 

co+labo radović          preparations for the approaching, busy co+labo September                    
With Obon Festival behind us, preparations for hot co+labo September of workshops+symposia are reaching the climax. 

co+labo radović  Masters Studios became celebrations of quality@Keio Architecture  
(details to be uploaded soon)

co+labo radović   co+labo undergrads excel in Final Design Studio+Graduation Competition    
(details to be uploaded soon)

20 May 2017

The Amsterdam+Tokyo Symposium started on 23 May, with a guided tour of Fumihiko Maki's Daikanyama Hillside project and an inspired lecture by the doyen of Japanese architecture. The programme continued on 24 May, with a day full of presentations and discussions (above).
co+labo radović co+labo organised Amsterdam+Tokyo Symposium on smart(er) urbanisation
On 24 May at Keio Hiyoshi Campus, Raiosha Centre  co+labo hosted International Amsterdam+Tokyo Symposium: smart(er) urban development, strategic and tactical responses to the pressures of globalisation. 
The Symposium was opened by Professor Kohei Itoh, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology. It brough together an interdisciplinary group of experts, with invited presentations by academics and practitioners from Amsterdam (the City of Amsterdam Department of Planning and Sustainability - Mirjana Milanović, Pieter Klomp,  Paul Chorus; University of Amsterdam - Zef Hemel) and Tokyo (Urban Renaissance Agency - Hirokazu Ishiwatari, Keio - Darko Radović, Hiroto Kobayashi; Tokyo - Kengo Kuma; Meiji - Davisi Boontharm; Hosei University - Hidenobu Jinnai; Japan Research Institute - Yoshitaka Oshima; Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Melbourne - Jane Homewood; full list at the flyer, below) and a number of invited discussants. The main aim was to exchange information about current trends and advance thinking about the future of cities in the age of rapid globalisation. The exchange of experiences in dealing with challenges of growth and densification will be valuable for both cities, as it has the potential for diverse generalizations and broader contribution towards smarter, environmentally and culturally sustainable development.
The themes tabled through presentations and discussion of the past, present and future projects included
future (of) cities,
smart[er] cities, smart[er] communities), to
top-down, macro, strategic+bottom-up,micro tactical responses to globalisation
quality of urban life and densification
urban density and intensity
urban regulation
top-down, bottom-up and practices in between
future of public realm/public space
residential highrise boom
… all the way to the broadest issues linked to globalisation and opportunities to learn from cultural difference.

A parallel poster session presented and offered to discussion the latest in PhD and PostDoctoral Research projects by Marco Capitanio, Alice Covatta, Ivan Filipović, Sano Satoshi, Vuk Radović (Keio SFC), Ana Beretić (University of Sassari)  and Ana Medina (EPT+co+labo Madrid).

06 May 2017

co+labo radović   Raymond Lucas from the University of Manchester, Architecture@co+labo  
On Tuesday, 9 May 2017, during his first visit to co+labo and Keio University, Professor Raymond Lucas, who heads Department of Architecture at the University of Manchester, delivered a research seminar addressing one of his favourite research topics, Graphic Anthropology, which is closely related to some of the recent work at co+labo.
The seminar focused on Namdaemun market in Seoul, and also draw on studies of Dongdaemun and Noryangjin (Seoul), Seomun (Daegu), and Jagalchi (Busan) amongst others.
Lucas started from recognition that one of the most important aspects of design is a deep study of the context, that the tools we have for such analysis are robust, and that we recognise the differences between the impression given by a section, a plan, or a parallel projection, and then he asked:  What, then, if we add sensory notations (Lucas 2009, 2010), movement notations (Laban), and agency diagrams (Gell, 1998) to our understandings?  What further information can we yield from the context, either as a precedent to be understood and replicated, or as a site for intervention.
Namdaemun Market was discussed as a precedent for socially produced, cooperative architecture. That market in central Seoul is a general market selling a wide range of everyday goods in a variety of ways, demonstrating a full range from the most informal vendors through to a small number of chain store outlets.  This range encompasses a form of socially produced architecture where market stalls are simultaneously in competition and cooperation with one another, all the while adapting and refining the fabric of the market as an iterative design process. This represents an ideal example for an architecture which fully recognises the value of anthropological theories and approaches: but with direct reference to the needs of architecture as a discipline.  Anthropology has a number of sub-disciplines including visual anthropology and design anthropology, both of which are close to - but not quite able to consider architectural issues and contexts.  As such, we need new ways to access the social data available through anthropology such as the developing methodologies of graphic anthropology: deploying drawing, diagramming and notation in a more comprehensive manner as ways of describing and of knowing the spatial data important to architecture.
This approach is informed by anthropologists Alfred Gell (1998), Tim Ingold (2013), Theodore Bestor (2004), and Wendy Gunn (2013); as well as the work of other theorists in including James Gibson (1986), and Otto Bollnow (2011); and posits a retroactive manifesto for Namdaemun Market in the manner of Rem Koolhaas’ (1994) famous formulation for Manhattan.