16 September 2020


On Wednesday, 16 September Ms Maja Kovač-Levantin, a reporter from the regional station Televizija Jadran  met and interviewed organisers of The Klis Case, professors Darko Radović, Neno Kezić, Davisi Boontharm. 
You can access an extract from those interviews here (time: 14' 42" - 20' 42").
Although the report is in Croatian language, the background images and video clips provided by co+re provide a sense of The Klis Case atmosphere and how these new, challenging intercontinental ways in which the workshop operates are reframing but not damaging the team spirit, desire to learn and impress.
 

15 September 2020

co+labo radović    The Klis Case days 3+4: fieldwork+lectures+design sessions intensify    
On Monday, 14 September The Klis Case continued with a series of inputs - Sidh Sintusingha and "Landscape Urbanism", Akira Mita's "Biofield Space and Interface", Chanyaporn Bstieler's "Creating Night-time Identity of a City with Lighting masterplan", and Gabriele Masera's "Reinventing Milan's Railway Yards", which were delivered live from Melbourne, Tokyo, Bangkok and Milano. The lectures were followed by discussion and, in the afternoon one of the co+re innovations in online teaching of design was introduced - simultaneous work in six "studio rooms", across four time-zones and continents. Professors from seven universities were "door knocking" on The Klis Case "Rooms" and joining student design teams, offering their comments and advice. The functioning of these experimental collaborative clusters, in which students from various universities meet in virtual space and jointly work on a single project is of fundamental importance for the Workshop. Although not surprising, it was still pleasant to the organisers to confirm that all four formats that were implemented by now and which constitute The Klis Case - the fieldwork, real-time lectures, plenary discussion sessions and these experimental "rooms" function as planned.
On Tuesday after the third final set of lectures (Davisi Boontharm's "On Requalification", Milica Muminović's "Place as Assemblage", Ana Medina's "XS Urban Life", and Alenka Fikfak's "Lie in Between"), it was time to test plenary presentation and discussion of student design ideas, concepts and, in some cases, already drafted concrete proposals. The progress was encouraging and 24 hours per day work in this co+re workshop in which the sun never sets continues ...

13 September 2020

The Klis Case workshop student team members are:
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy, University of Split, Croatia: Niko BorkovićZdravka ĐajićNora DeškovićIva GrbavacBruno JankovićAna LjubićIvana Šatara. Faculty of Architecture, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia: Maša BlažičUrška JernejDylan GubbelsBlaž ParežnikVladimir TripkovičTadej GregoričLovro PintarIvana GligorovskaBojan Nikolovski; International Program in Architecture and Urban Design (I-AUD), Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan: Misa AokiHiroya HimenoYuji HirotaMai IiyamaShohei KosugiSuguru SasakiRyuji Tomiya; co+labo, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan: Amami IwataJumpei KawamotYuki MoriShinichi NishiboriYurino OguriReiya SasakiHiroki Shigemura; Politecnico di Milano: Daniele Bertuzzi (Italy)Paolo Del Duca (Italy)Mona Gaber (Iran)Islam Rihan (Egypt)Nur Yemisci (Germany); Universidad des Las Americas, Quito, Ecuador: Santiago Aguire, Arturo Cevallos, Emilia Romero, Ariana Urgiles, Andres Vergara; and University of CanberraViktoria Holmik
co+labo radović The Klis Case days 1+2: fieldwork+online sessions across four continents
The Klis Case  co+re workshop has started on Saturday, 12 September, in real spaces of Knežev Dvor of the Fort of Klis, with welcome and detailed introductions by coordinators, Professors Neno Kezić, Darko Radović and Davisi Boontharm. The opening lecture, "The Brief History of Klis" was delivered by Dr Ivan Alduk, an archeologist who specialises in history and excavations of the Fort and surrounding areas. 
The focus of the Workshop is on two strategic areas, as suggested by Mayor Jakov Vetma:
Markezina Greda (the Marquez’s Beam), located in the Northwestern section of the Klis area (with archeological remnants from to 5-7 century CE) which towers over the 339 m high Fort by 234 m. It became a popular challenge for experienced rock climbers, rewarding them with majestic views over the Fort, Klis, Solin, Split, Adriatic Sea and its many islands. 
Kamenolom Klis Kosa (the Klis Kosa Stone Quarry), located on the slopes of the Southeastern hill, covers a vast area 350m above the sea level. Controversial due to invasive mining which affected geological situation of the spring of Jadro River, the Quarry is likely to cease its operations in near future. That opens this huge and brutally scared site to planning and design imagination, to fine critical and creative, programmatic and formal investigations – from territorial to architectural scales. While themselves important, these two sites will also facilitate thinking about the Klis region as a whole, feed interdisciplinary explorations, and help the Klis Case identify other places and practices that could be addressed within the project. Topographically demanding, the sites of Klis provide an arena for innovative coordination of planning, territorialism, urbanism, urban and architectural design, civil and other engineering, and their creative and inspirational synthesis.
The rest of the day way led to further immersion into the new ways of work and use of resources of which we were reminded by Coronavirus - real-life communication between the on-cite and on-line team members, drone recording, live exchange of ideas across four continents.
On Sunday simultaneously in the morning (Japan and Australia), afternoon (Croatia, Italia, Slovenia) and in the middle of the night (Ecuador), the intensive programme of workshop inputs continued with mini-lectures by Darko Radović ("On Intangibles, and the rest"), Ray Lucas ("Why I Draw"), Bratislav Gaković ("Scar and Scale"), and Rafael Balboa ("On Connectivity, Metamorphology and Creative Thinking"), followed by discussions. After the break, students presented first results of their investigations, elements of analysis and initial ideas where all that could go. 
On Monday, co+re workshop continues with new set of lectures and intensive studio work.

11 September 2020

co+labo radović     co+labo continues its tradition of annual design-research workshops     
On 12 September co+labo will, along with a number of strategic partners, open new, 2020 design workshop - this time in the town of Klis, which is located at the outskirts of Split. The Klis Case 2O2O, co-organised and chaired by the co+re founders Darko Radović and Davisi Boontharm, and Professor Neno Kezić of the University of Split, continues the tradition of annual international urban and architectural design workshops which were regularly conducted in and around the city of Split – from the inaugural Split Case in 2011, via Anatomy of Islands Workshops at islands of Vis and Lastovo (2012-18), to Reopening the Split Case (2019), where we have introduced the co+re “top-heavy” workshopping concept. That format ensures an efficient kick-off of intense exercises, involving a seasoned team of collaborating institutions, teams and individuals, keen to challenge boundaries between teaching and learning.
The Coronavirus pandemic has taught us to be flexible. The preparations for The Klis Case were based on co+re principle not to give in, but to build in the mechanisms which will enable the delivery of contents that is best at the given moment. Consequently, the 2020 co+re Workshop aims to, besides by now well-established and known quality of its architectural and urban design educational and research outcomes, take positive attitude towards the new condition and advance ways of collaboration at an (enforced) distance, to bring in and advance international experiences and useful practices which all of the participants have acquired since the start of the pandemic. The 2020 Workshop also decidedly moves towards the explicit emphasis on interdisciplinarity, in response to the key strengths of the key organising partners - Keio, Meiji and Split Universities.
The participants in co+re workshop The Klis Case 2020 are coming from four continents, with students from seven universities in Asia, Australia, Europe and South America: the City of Klis Team, Mayor Jakov Vetma, Ivan Vetma; Ivan Aiduk; students and mentors from: University of Split; Neno Kezić local experts Keio University, Tokyo; Darko Radović, Rafael Balboa, co+labo; Mita Akira + Politecnico di Milano, Gabriele Masera + University of Ljubljana; Tadej Glažar, Alenka Fikfak Meiji University, Tokyo, Davisi Boontharm dbStudio King Mongkut University, Bangkok, Chanyaporn Bstilier Universidad de las Américas, Quito, Ana Medina David Sim, Gehl, Copenhagen + Ray Lucas, Manchester Metropolitan University + Bratislav Gaković, Belgrade Milica Muminović, Univ. of Canberra Sidh Sintusingha, Univ. of Melbourne, Australia.
The Klis Case Workshop 2020 is supported by the Municipality of Klis, which suggested the preliminary list of sites that will trigger the Workshop, making sure that it provides not only educational and research benefits, but also contributes to development to the visions for better future of this energetic and aspirational community. While themselves important, these sites will also facilitate discussions about the Klis region as a whole, feed interdisciplinary explorations, and help the Klis Case identify other places and practices to be considered within the project. Topographically demanding, the sites of Klis provide an arena for innovative coordination of planning, territorialism, urbanism, urban and architectural design, civil and other engineering, and their creative and inspirational synthesis.
This blog will be providing regular updates from this event.