22 April 2018

co+labo radović     Ishikawa Hajime ads to KA Comprehensive Design Workshop briefings   
The major Keio Architecture project, Comprehensive Design Workshop, which is coordinated from co+labo radović continues with an exciting lecture, City Read on the Map by Hajime Ishikawa, a Landscape Architect and Professor at Keio's Graduate School of Media and Governance, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies. 
co+labo first collaborated with Ishikawa-sensei during our major research project Measuring the non-Measurable, when he contributed an inspirational lecture and essay to the Mn'M book Tokyo dérive: In Search of Urban Intensities. We are looking forward to continuing collaboration within the frameworks of Comprehensive Design Workshop and our much desired Keio Architecture.

21 April 2018

co+labo radović   ... Akitaka Suzuki has received a Double Degree@Politecnico di Milano  
co+labo congratulates our Akitaka Suzuki on successful completion of his Double Degree at Politecnico di Milano. Aki-san has, thus, become the first ever Keio University student of architecture and urban design to receive an international Double DegreeHis success confirms the potential of rich collaborative links between the two universities, strategic partners in the fields of production of space.  
(below: Aki-san, second from the left, with Professor Gabriele Masera+Keio's/Politecnico's Yamashita Shohei, Luca Sironi, Andrea Bonaiti and ... a bottle of champagne)
Another two co+labo students, Magome and Yamashita, are currently doing their Double Degree with Politecnico, and short-term exchange of both staff and students is under way. Suzuki-san gave a great contribution to our efforts to advance those valuable links. 

15 April 2018

co+labo radović    Leonardo Chiesi - on Public Space from People's Perspective@co+labo  

Exactly one year after his previous visit to co+labo Leonardo Chiesi is again with us - in what became regular and rich collaboration. This time, his lecture and seminar will be part of Comprehensive Design Workshop, which was announced on 11 April Kengo Kuma's guest lecture.
In his first lecture, Leonardo focused at Design and Health, a topic related to the quality of space in general. His second lecture and seminar, entitled Investigating Public Space from People's Perspective: ideas and methods, connected social theory with practical tasks facing the Workshop. The lecture was followed by a visit to Keio Hiyoshi and Yagami Campuses, with our Seizu III and Studio B students and professors Darko Radović and Davisi Boontharm.
Leonardo Chiesi is an Associate Professor at University of Florence and a Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley. He specializes in ambiental and territorial sociology, which he teaches at the School of Architecture, University of Florence. His research introduces social methods into investigations of quality of architecture and planning, and has been involved in a number of architectural design and city planning projects, expanding an interest in the subjects of local identity, community processes and participation methods. Chiesi wrote books on the construction of scientific discourse (Retorica nella scienza, 2009) and on the relationship between social sciences, architecture and planning (Il doppio spazio dell’architettura. Ricerca sociologica e progettazione, 2010).

10 April 2018

co+labo radović    Kengo Kuma opens Keio Architecture Comprehensive Design Workshop 
co+labo is central to organisation of the new, exciting design-research project, a Comprehensive Design Workshop for the Athletic and Recreational Facilities of the Hiyoshi, Shimoda, and Yagami Campuses. In the period April 2018-July 2019 the Workshop, which will be bringing together a number of Keio Architecture and associated laboratories, addressing hypothetical spatial transformations of sports, recreation and wellbeing facilities in the area where three Keio Campuses are located, which consists of complex, diverse interlocking urban, community and university spaces and practices. The project will include numerous design studios and research projects.
Commensurate to the magnitude and importance of Design Workshop was its opening. On Wednesday 11 April, the Workshop was opened by Kengo Kuma's lecture Design and Engineering. Celebrated architect and professor at the University of Tokyo has started his academic career at Keio and, in 2009, co+labo radović was established proudly building upon the tradition of Keio Kuma Lab.
The event at Keio Hiyoshi Campus included an official launch of Keio Architecture, the first book that brings together best of students works produced during the previous two years, 2016-17 (see below). The volume was entirely produced and edited by students of Keio Architecture, and is marked by their desire to help establish a discrete course under such name.
The guest speaker and the book was introduced by Kohei Itoh, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, and Darko Radović, a leader of Comprehensive Design Workshop.

05 April 2018

co+labo radović    Professor Vladimir Lojanica opens 2018 guest lecture series @ co+labo   
The first invited guest lecturer in the new school year at co+labo is Vladimir Lojanica, a distinguished practising architect, Professor and Head of Department of Architecture at the University of Belgrade. The lecture and research seminar were illustrated by the latest of Vladimir's projects, Rajićeva shopping centre located at the very urban core of Belgrade. While fulfilling all the commercial requirements, the project does not succumb to commercialism. With fine urbanist sensibility, the Complex celebrates and enhances an extremely complex location, one of the key hubs of rich public life in the city.

co+labo radović               another competition award for a co+labo student team                   
Close to the end of the 2017-18 graduate design competitions season  we are glad to inform about another award which a co+labo team. The team was composed of three students from three generations - second and first Masters and final year undergraduate studies - Yamamori Hisamu (now working for Shimizu Corporation), Kobayashi Daisuke and Samejima Takuomi received recognition at the Circos International Architecture Competition held in Nagoya. 
Warm co+labo congratulations for both the collaborative way in which the work has been conducted and the award itself!
(below: panels by Samejima/left, Kobayashi/right and Samejima's presentation to the Jury/middle)

31 March 2018

co+labo radović   with a farewell party for our graduates, co+labo ends 2017 and enters 2018  
As perviously reported at this blog, in the school year 2017-18 five co+labo students completed their Masters Theses and will, from the start of April, be pursuing their professional careers. Younger co+labo students have organised a traditional farewell party for their sempai, which this time coincided with hanami, a beautiful cherry-blossom viewing season.
Best co+labo wishes to Riho Tanaka, Ryoto Amano, Shota Kusano, Akitaka Suzuki and Hisamu Yamamori! They all gave their best, an excellent contribution to the culture of our laboratory and, most recently, to our efforts towards the establishment of Keio Architecture - an ambitious plan with which we enter the school year 2018-19. 
In those efforts the latest, 2017-18 cohort of our graduates will stay with us, as ... once co+labo, always co+labo.

17 March 2018

co+labo radović   co+labo busy break continues with ... a season of graduate competitions  
Regular Japanese graduate design competitions season  is in progress. co+labo's Takuomi Samejima and Norimi Kinoshita have completed their participation, with success in Sendai, Fukuoka and Japanese Institute of Architecture Kanazawa contests.
Takuomi Samejima (prestigious Sendai Competition: top 11), finalist (top 8) in Fukuoka)
Norimi Kinoshita (Konno Chie Award ai JIA Kanazawa Competition)
Congratulations to all co+labo members who took part in these competitions, the experience from which is considered to be among the key "secrets" of an undeniable success of Japanese architecture.
co+labo radović           co+labo busy break continues with ... a Conference at TU Munich      
At Smart Sustainable Sensuous Settlements Transformation Conference, which was held at TU Munich 7-8 March 2018, Darko presented parts of the latest work on quality of urban life in the paper Towards Redefinition of Urban Quality - the subversive pleasures of encounters with water (co-authored with Professor Davisi Boontharm, Meiji University, and Hisamu Yamamori, co+labo). In response to the flow of the Conference, Darko's talk itself consisted of seven digressions to the paper, which were aimed at focusing discussion at the need for true interdisciplinarity in urbanism. Several excerpts from those polemological interventions are presented in the selection of slides, below.

co+labo radović    co+labo busy break continues with ... Darko meets co+labo OB in Milano 
10 March 2018: Yamashita Shohei, Professor Gabriele Masera, Salvatore Nastasi, Luca Sironi, DR, Andrea Bonaiti and Enrico Sterle 
(photo: Professor Akira Mita)