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. So far, co+labo's Takuomi Samejima and Norimi Kinoshita have completed their participation, with success in Sendai, Fukuoka and Japanese Institute of Architecture Kanazawa contests. More to follow ...
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 are taking part in these competitions, the experience from which is one of 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)

23 February 2018

co+labo radović   lecture+exhibition And... yet another Tokyo! @ORIS House of Architecture
On 27 February at ORIS, House of Architecture in Zagreb, Croatia, Darko Radović gave a lecture and Davisi Boontharm  an impromptu exhibition addressing the set of themes central to their research and work of co+labo radović, the concepts of ordinary and extraordinary, in architecture, urbanism and in the ways we live. The talk and exhibition were introduced by Andrija Rusan (an architectEditor in Chief and spiritus moves of the broad cultural project called Oris) and Tadej Glažar (Professor of Architecture at the University of Ljubljana and, along co+labo, regular contributor to Anatomy of Islands 2012-16). In the media of words and drawings, Darko and Davisi introduced ordinary, dominant Tokyo which reluctantly opens itself to the stranger, and how they decided to embrace, for the foreigners rare, opportunity to live, explore and teach architecture and urbanism in one of the indisputable capitals of design culture. For that, one needs to learn how to enjoy what Barthes described as the murmuring mass of an unknown language which in Tokyo, indeed, constitutes a delicious protection, envelops the foreigner [] an auditory film which halts at his ears all the alienations of the mother tongue. In Tokyo they both understood Georges Perec, learned to observe and how to accept that, sometimes, one simply can not understand. Only then, Tokyo gives itself generously, opens up in its own, beautiful and provocative ways.
And ... yet Another Tokyo focused at some extraordinary places, practices and moments within the ordinary, lived Tokyo. Visual explorations of extraordinary-within-the-ordinary captured in Davisi's visual, drawing and watercolour diaries, both announced and, literally, unfolded in parallel with Darko's talk. The following day, Professor Glažar and the well-known architectural  critic, writer and an executive editor in Oris, Maroje Mrduljaš conducted a wide-ranging interview with Darko, which is going to feature in one of the future issues of the magazine.

18 February 2018

co+labo radović    with DG+OBkai co+labo officially finishes school year 2017+starts... 2018 
(more about this year's co+labo radović DearGirls+OldBoys Party, and why this was a very special one follows soon) 

13 February 2018


co+labo radović   a report: our Villa Hyuga exhibition in Stockholm, in the space it inspired  
From the Exhibition announced at this blog, below, the curator and co+labo PhD candidate Marco Capitano reports:
There were 300+guests at the opening reception, and among the panelists were Vestre's CEO, Daniel Rybakken (two-time winner of the Compasso d'Oro), and Eero Koivisto. The Norwegian Ambassador to Sweden was the host, and the Japanese ambassador to Scandinavia. At the press conference there were a number of journalists, including Dezeen, Interni, Elle Decoration. Here are the movie and Marco's summary for WEST OF JAPAN/EAST OF NORWAY:
The exhibition „West of Japan/East of Norway“ attempted a daring architectural comparison. It juxtaposed, for the first time, Knut Knutsen’s Norwegian Embassy in Stockholm and Bruno Taut’s Hyuga Villa in Atami, Japan. Knutsen (Norwegian architect, 1903-1969) took inspiration from Japanese architecture and Frank Lloyd Wright - a connoisseur of Japan himself - for the design of his embassy building in Stockholm (1948-1952). We know this from his statements, documents and drawing references. Architectural historians have been emphasizing it for decades. The Norwegian Embassy, brought back to its pristine condition after a careful renovation, comes to host photographs and drawings of Hyuga Villa, a likely source of inspiration to Knutsen, built in 1936. Thanks to a new photographic interpretation of the embassy building, the exhibit clarifies how a certain “Japanness” seeped into Knutsen’s design, presumably borrowing from Hyuga Villa, from Taut’s books on Japanese architecture, and from Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto (17th century).
Hyuga Villa and the Norwegian Embassy embody a personal reflection on Japanese architecture, mediated through European sensibilities. As a Jew, Bruno Taut (German architect, 1880-1938) fled from the growing Nazi movement in the mid 1930s. His stay in Japan culminated in Hyuga Villa (Kyū Hyūga Bettei). Taut’s project was first presented in the international French architectural magazine “L’architecture d’aujourdhui” in 1937, with a text written by the architect himself, paired with plans and photographs. The project, a crosscultural breeding between European and local architectural language, was rediscovered in its full width thanks to exhibitions and symposia in 2016-17.
Knutsen owned several books on Japanese architecture. One was “Japanische Architekur” (1936) by Tetsuro Yoshida (Taut’s friend and collaborator), still in the family’s possession. It is more than likely that he also knew (or possessed) Taut’s books on the same subject. Knutsen was commissioned, together with the Norwegian architect Arne Korsmo, to design the Norwegian pavilion for the World Exhibition in Paris in 1937. This was one of the reasons why he was a subscriber to “L’architecture d’aujourdhui”. The presentation of Hyuga Villa in the 1937 magazine must have been of special importance to Knutsen, based on his general interest in Japanese-European relationships.
Taut was able to spend three years in the East, before settling in Istanbul, at the crossroad of oriental and western cultures. It is now our intention to show how his legacy travelled to the North thanks to Knutsen, as his readings must have brought inspiration all the way to the Norwegian Embassy in Stockholm. Or so it seems.
Photos below: Marco Capitanio, in conversation with the Ambassador of Japan to Scandinavia Mr Jun Yamazaki and his wife, and co+labo double degree student at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Mei Morimoto (elegant, in white).
Exhibition was curated by Marco Capitanio and Ole Rikard Høisæther. The exhibited photographs of the Norwegian Embassy were taken by Luca Ferrario, and those of Hyuga Villa by Dave Clough. Photos reformatted for this blog were taken from a larger selection available at the Norwegian Embassy Facebook page.

08 February 2018

co+labo radović   eleven co+labo undergraduate+graduate students defend their Theses     
Over the last several days six co+labo undergraduates and five Masters students presented their Graduation Research Theses.Yumi Ishii, Wang Yijia, Kato Shun, Norimi Kinoshita, Masatoshi Motoyama and Takuomi Samejima defended their System Design Degree, while Riho Inagaki-Tanaka, Ryoto Amano, Akitaka Suzuki, Shota Kusano and Hisamu Yamamori presented their Masters Graduation Theses (see below: Darko+Aki, Riho, Shota, Hisamu and Ryoto-san). 
Suzuki-san's presentation, a first ever Keio Double Degree in the fields of Architecture and Urban Design (in collaboration with Politecnico di Milano), marks a very special step towards the establishment of Keio Architecture.
(further updates on these projects will follow shortly)
co+labo radović  co+labo's Kobayashi Daisuke+Kinoshita Norimi get a Honorable Mention 
Kobayashi Daisuke and Kinoshita Norimi have received an Honorable Mention at the Haseko Residential Design Competition for their proposal for a Housing Complex Connected to the Surrounding Vacant Houses. The Jury, which was chaired by Kengo Kuma (above) and included Kumiko Inui, Sousuke Fujimoto, Shin Aiba and Kazuo Ikeda recognised the qualities of their 東京開墾 - Tokyo Reclamation concept, which proposed radical introduction of urban agriculture and partial reuse and requalification of the existing building stock (see below). That approach questions the entrenched Japanese scrap and build practice, introducing a number of themes fundamental to co+labo practices of eco-urbanity and radical realism.

05 February 2018

co+labo radović Anatomy of Islands exhibition at Oris, House of Architecture (incl. co+labo)
In the period 2012-16, following an invitation by Boško Budisavljević, the initiator and organiser of the Anatomy of Islands and his team, co+labo radović took part in an exciting series of symposia, workshops, exhibitions and various accompanying events at the beautiful Adriatic island of Vis. Those were five true festivals, not only of learning how to make, but actually helping make some of the places on the island better. co+labo also assisted in making the Anatomy more international, by inviting Kengo Kuma and his laboratory from University of Tokyo (who took part in all five Anatomy events), Kazuyo Sejima, and several young Japanese architects (the likes of Tetsuo Kondo, Satoshi Sano, Koh Nakamura) and university professors to join us and help make the events even richer. Davisi Boontharm devoted two of her exhibitions to Vis, and for the final, fifth Anatomy on Vis, with Keio Kobayashi Laboratory and assisted by Politecnico di Milano, we have helped make the Japanese Pavilion - and left it to the town of Vis to enjoy and to care for.
The retrospective exhibition, to be held at Oris House of Architecture in Zagreb 7-19 February 2018 under the title Space in Community Service both celebrates the achievements of the Anatomy of Islands and, in a typically Boško's activist way, points forward - towards what could have been done and what should be done in order to help the Island capitalise on an undeniable quality of the results generated by this unique project. If you are not far form Zagreb, do visit and enjoy this exhibition. Below: Boško Budisavljević, at the opening of the exhibition.
(The exhibits were designed by Croatian designer Boris Kuk, who participated in co+labo's project Measuring the non-Measurable and helped produce one of our books about the qualities of space and life which escape easy quantification.)

01 February 2018

co+labo radović   co+labo exhibits Taut's Villa Hyuga in Stockholm, in the space it inspired  
co+labo PhD candidate Marco Capitanio will present his pet project, exhibition of Bruno Taut’s Hyuga Villa in Atami, Japan, 8-9 February 2018 in Stockholm. The curators, Marco and Ole Rikard Høisæther are bringing rich graphical and photographic documentation of the Taut's only work which was built in Japan (which co+labo previous exhibited in Venice, Tokyo, Milano and Suzhou, as presented in this blog) to the Norwegian Embassy in Sweden. Subtle juxtaposition of Villa Hyuga and the actual interior of the Embassy, which was designed by Knut Knutsen in 1948, exposes Taut's strong influence on the famous Norwegian architect or, in Marco's words, "a certain 'Japanness' that seeped into Knutsen’s design'." One could add how, interestingly, that was an indirect influence, the flow of "a certain kind of 'Japanness' " as interpreted by Bruno Taut.

30 January 2018

co+labo radović   new book, Belgrade in pluralpresents the project in which we took part  
As previously reported on this blog, in September 2017 co+labo took part in International Workshop and Symposium “Belgrade in Plural”, which was organised by our associate, Professor Zoran Djukanović at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Belgrade. The workshop which, besides the organisers and co+labo included students and staff from La Sapienza University in Rome; University of Camerino, Ascoli Piceno; University of Sassari,  Alghero; and Meiji University, Tokyo, focused at cultural and urban diversity in the contemporary city, within the frame of community responsible, sustainable, smart, creative and participatory based urban development and urban design. 
As the follow-up to the event, the University of Belgrade has published an elegant and informative book edited by Professor Djukanović, which you can access and download from PaPS - Public Art and Public Space www site.  

29 January 2018

co+labo radović    co+labo's Yamashita Shohei in the Winning Competition Team @ PoliMi  
(more about the competition for the New Local Food Market Building, as a part of the pilot Eco-district in Porto di Mare area in Milano, won by the co+labo Double Degree student will be uploaded shortly; if you can read Italian language, you can find all in Giornale di Lecco)

co+labo radović      co+labo@City and Senses workshop@National University of Singapore  
Darko was invited to, as a Research Collaborator in the project “Multi-Sensory Approach to Ageing-friendly Design in High-Density Contexts” conducted at the National University of Singapore, give a lecture within the inaugural City and Senses Workshop. Focusing on multi-sensory approaches to urbanism, Darko's lecture was delivered in coordination with (regular, since the success of the first show at Politecnico di Milano last year) an impromptu exhibition by Davisi Boontharm, the aim of which was to inspire the participants in the project to capture the most precious, residual aspects of places and practices the workshop was focusing at. The co+labo team included Satoshi Sano, a long-time assistant and now PhD student in the laboratory, and the Masters student Yukie Takasu.

24 January 2018

co+labo radović          co+labo presented in SOGO Shikakugaku Architekton magazine        
(details will be uploaded shortly)