co+labo is an Architecture and Urban Design Laboratory at Keio University, Tokyo. It is based in the Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Systems Design Engineering
co+labo is involved in education, research and design-research in the fields of architecture and urban design.
co+labo was invited to take part in an exciting design competition for NEXT GENERATION SUSTAINABLE HOUSE in Taiki-cho, Hokkaido - along with nine other selected top schools of architecture (Tshingua University, China Academy of Art, Columbia University, MIT, AA School of Architecture, Aalto University, Technische Universität München, Politecnico di Milano, ETH Zürich, Universitetet i Oslo, Tohoku University and - Keio/co+labo)
The city is changing: no longer is it an aesthetic
creation, nor purely an industrial powerhouse. It is becoming a living,
breathing super-organism, with a myriad of multiple, competing functions
enabling the city to dwell within its particular ecology. As a super-organism, the future city will be
defined more by its metabolism, than purely its primary function or spatial
form. These bio-spheric flows of energy
and materials will drive the new city and create new synergies for living. (G.K.)
Two books, first publication outputs of Measuring the non-Measurable, a major IKI research project which focuses on issues of urban density, intensity and public/private interface at architectural and urban scales have been published by IKI and flick Studio (in collaboration with ichii Shoubou, Studio Seto and Tokyo Pistol) in March and April 2012.
1 small Tokyo, edited by Darko Radović and Davisi Boontharm, Tokyo: IKI and flick Studio, (published 2012)
Contributors: Paul Waley, Hidenobu Jinnai, Kengo Kuma, Salvator-John A. Liotta, David H. Slater, Marieluise Jonas, Cathelijne Nuijsink, Jorge Almazán, Davisi Boontharm,, Heike Rahmann, Julian Worrall, Heide Imai, Ioanna Angelidou and Darko Radović. Conversation between Kengo Kuma, Hidenobu Jinnai and Darko Radović, to be partially published in small Tokyo.
of essays brings together the results of urban and architectural research
which, from a variety of angles, focuses at one aspect of urban character of
Tokyo, the surprising and seemingly contradictory juxtaposition of its
essential bigness – as the largest city in the world, and an ubiquitous
smallness – of urban spaces, architectural objects and practices which
constitute everyday realities of Tokyoites.
projects presented as small Tokyo were
all conducted by foreigners with established interest in Japanese built
environment and culture. The authors come from ten countries and four
continents (Australia, Asia, America and Europe), and bring a variety of
academic backgrounds, which include geography, urbanism, landscape
architecture, architecture, ethnology, cultural studies. small Tokyo aims to contribute to theorising of that apparent incongruity, by addressing a variety of expressions of smallness. The book is equally addressed to the locals and foreigners. Its footing in research invites specialists, while style makes it accessible to general public.
The Split Case: density, intensity, resilience, edited by Darko Radović, Davisi Boontharm Ana Grgić and Kengo Kuma, Tokyo: IKI and flick Studio, (published 2012)
Contributors: Darko Radović, Kengo Kuma, Davisi Boontharm, Katja Marasović, Snjezana Perojević, Darovan
Tušek, Ante Kuzmanić, Robert Plejić, Ana Grgić, Hrvoje Bartulović with students from Kuma Laboratory (University of Tokyo),co+labo Radović (Keio University), and FGAG (Split) who took part in the Split Workshop 2011
Fieldwork sketches by Davisi BoontharmThis is a book about the ancient city of Split in Croatia. It presents research of remarkable intensity and resilience of its urban core, which sustains and keeps on reinventing a unique urbanity, for nothing less than 1700 years.
The Split Case brings together knowledge and lived experience of local authors, and curious and expert observations of the foreigners. In the form of aguidebook, inspired by Situationist dérive, it offers three "walks" through Diocletian Palace. The first is the walk through history, guided by the best of local academics, deeply steeped into the vécu of their city. After that, a number of snapshots gathered during an intensive investigation of that space, recreate the walks conducted in only one of 88,660 weeks in the history of Split. This multiple dérive ends with some open-ended walks into the future, presented through design-research investigations of several "what if" scenarios for the Palace,
The core material of the book comes from the collaborative project between the schools and architecture/urban design laboratories from the University of Split (FGAG), Keio University co+labo, and the University of Tokyo which was conducted in late summer 2011. The Workshop investigated historically established patters of urban life and the capacity of architecture and urban spaces to evolve and accommodate change. Using Diocletian’s Palace and its vicinity, the workshop engaged salient urban phenomena and issues such as urbanity, everyday life, smallness, density, intensity, creativity, (re)use, open space, cultural sustainability. The emphasis was on small, bottom-up interventions and their contributions to intensification of urban experience and quality.