Studio B presentations complete a very special semester of design at Keio
26 July 2016
19 July 2016
co+laboradović final architectural+urban design Studio B presentation on 25 July 2016
This year Keio's Studio B was special in a number of ways. The theme was Keio Graduate School of Design, K-GSD. The task for Keio Masters students was to imagine the best model for reseraching, teaching and learning architectural and urban design within the unique environment of the oldest university in Japan, and to find its best spatial expression. The Studio was delivered in an innovative format. Four young, exciting architects Tetsuo Kondo, Toshiki Meijo, Takumi Saikawa and Satoshi Sano taught their approaches to design both at the University and in their offices. K-GSD project was introduced by a legend of Japanese architecture, Fumihiko Maki. It will be completed on 25 July, in front of the Jury headed by another great Japanese and Keio's great, Kazuyo Sejima. Studio B was coordinated by co+labo's Darko Radović and eight co+labo took part.
15 July 2016
co+laboradović co+labo undergraduates completed 2016 architectural+urban design studio
This year within the final undergraduate Seizu III, the Studio Radović topic was Tokyo Ground-floor Project: Ginza and the right to the city. co+labo's Daisuke Kobayashi, Mei Morimoto, Mayuko Mikogami, Keitaro Onishi, Yasue Takasu and Yohei Yamashita (below) have explored a wide-range of themes related to our overarching principles of environmentally and culturally responsible design. After the successful defense, their projects now qualify for the Keio Undergraduate Thesis Design Competition, to be held in early autumn.
The Jury Seizu III members were Keio Professors Almazán, Kishimoto, Radović (subject coordinator) and, as a guest, Professor Davisi Boontharm (Sophia and Keio Universities).
15 June 2016
07 June 2016
co+laboradović co+labo OB-kai, gathering of former+current students+friends in Shibuya
Since 2009, co+labo has evolved into a fairly large network of former + current students, members + associates, colleagues + friends, celebrating our plus, that binding, collaborative symbol from our logo, which signifies the core values bringing us together. On Sunday, all of those who were nearby and free, came to Shibuya for a dinner, drinks, discussions and laughs (a lot of fun and laughing, although the picture may suggest otherwise).
In Vers une achitecture de la jouissance, Henry Lefebvre (the foundational thinker behind the ethos and praxis of co+labo) wrote about "the dignity of bearing the + sign, that of joy, happiness, enjoyment, of sensuality - the sign of life"*, thus bringing together, in a single sentence, many of the key-words which define the aims of our laboratory.
When designing our logo, Vuk added another, all-important nuance - the colour of life.
For us, as throughout the Lefebvre's theory of space, "architectural practices are to be conceptualized as transversal, that is to say cutting across ontological categories and contributing to all phases of research, programming, designing, construction, and the continuous appropriation of buildings."**
* Stanek, Łukasz, "Introduction", Toward an Architecture of Enjoyment, University of Minnesota Press, 2014 (p. lix)
** Henri Lefebvre, Toward an Architecture of Enjoyment, University of Minnesota Press, 2014 (p30)