20 November 2018
co+labo radović co+labo way presented@70th anniversary of the Urban Planning Institute
The key-note lectures by Darko Radović, Davisi Boontharm (Meiji IAUD and co+labo) and Brigitte Jilka (City of Vienna Director of Planning, Development and Construction) opened the International Conference which marked the venerable 70th anniversary of the Urban Planning Institute of Belgrade. The celebratory character of the occasion has no diminished the importance and an activist edge embedded in the theme - The Future of Institutional Planning.
The opening talks, which were introduced by Ms Vesna Tahov (Director of the Institute) and Dr Zaklina Gligorijević (an Expert Advisor of the Institute, and spiritus movens of the Conference), were followed by three high-powered panels, and a rich discussion with an remarkably knowledgeable and experienced audience. It was not insignificant that the Conference was held in one of the buildings of (recently) celebrated Yugoslav brutalist architecture (currently@MoMa). The space where discussions of now marginalised experts with proven track record in thinking and making that city provided a meaningful contrast with the outdoor spaces of Belgrade, where the global neoliberal development paradigm rules.
10 November 2018
co+labo radović forthcoming: Marco Capitanio's Final PhD review and public defence
A brief summary: Demographic changes in the Japanese society will inevitably restructure Tokyo’s spatial organization in the coming decades: population loss will manifest itself unevenly and be most dramatic in peripheral areas, challenging established notions of quality of life. Several scholars have tackled this issue from a geographical or planning perspective. Nonetheless, the question of how liveability at the urban design scale could be addressed, remains an open one. This research focuses on Tokyo’s peripheral areas, aiming to evaluate, in a comparative manner, urban design factors affecting liveability at the neighborhood/city scale in an upcoming age of shrinkage, based on the analysis of three case studies (Kunitachi, Tama New Town, Yukarigaoka). After providing a tailored definition of liveability, emphasis is put on six factors relating to morphology (density/compactness, diversity of uses, walkability, green/water space) and to urban management (machizukuri/participation, local character). The research is limited to the Greater Tokyo Area because of its uniqueness within the Japanese urban development. Our findings have clarified the need to focus urban design and policy-making on compactness, rather than on density; the importance of a spatial qualitative assessment of the mix of uses, otherwise deceiving from a purely quantitative planning standpoint; the possibility to maintain liveability in low-density settlements with the implementation of ad hoc accessibility strategies; the positive and negative effects of different types of green spaces; the importance of both cooperative and confrontational participatory practices toward co-production; the need for peripheral areas to o er a lifestyle alternative to that of the city center.
Beside presenting a workable and applicative toolkit for urban designers, we provide new data and information about our case studies for the bene t of local municipalities and interest groups, proposing an exemplary “shrinkage masterplan”. Moreover, by means of comparison, tactics to cope with shrinkage can be transferred to and tested in other areas around Japan and be a reference for numerous East Asian cities about to face, in the near future, their own age of shrinkage.Keywords: liveability, shrinkage, Tokyo’s peripheral areas, urban morphology, urban management
Details: 26 Nov. 2018 (Mon.) , 14:00 ~ 16:00 , Keio University Yagami Campus Graduate School of Science and Technology 14th Bldg. (Sosokan), 5F, DS53/54
09 November 2018
The collaboration between co+labo and City of Amsterdam's Planning and Sustainability Department, which started in May 2017 with an international Tokyo-Amsterdam Symposium held at Keio Hiyoshi Campus, and continued with Darko's key-note address at the inauguration of the Sluisbuurt project in July 2018, has advanced further - with design-research workshop which focused at spatial strategies for Baaibuurt area.
Our collaboration was further enriched by an inclusion of Professor Davisi Boontharm's Masters studio, with participation of her students from Meiji University and assistance of the Meiji Lecturer Ko Nakamura. The contributors from Amsterdam include the Deputy Director of Department of Planning and Sustainability Peter Klomp, the City of Amsterdam urbanists Mirjana Milanovic, Sharmilee Jayakkumaran, Huig Burger, and academics Zef Hemel (Amsterdam Economic Board), John Tielman (InHolland) and .. more.
co+labo radović co+labo PhD candidate Ivan Filipović presented at research colloquium
Main goal and overreaching ambition of the thesis is to classify resources and measure their effects via the production of architectural spaces and their subsequent impact on the built environment. Architecture is a system of construction of circumstances, that does not exist independently from the contextual circumstances. Architecture, in fact, does not capture, but rather constructs and legitimizes every societal reality and ideology.
Identities are difficult to be examined through abstract viewpoints, because every society is developing and constantly changing/shifting, transforming and restructuring relations between its parts. Therefore, identities must be viewed as processes, not as a condition, as interaction and interrelation between identities and context. In order to be understood, identities ought to be examined in a concrete cultural, social and political context."
06 November 2018
Renato's report follows shortly ...
05 November 2018
co+labo radović Alison Young@co+labo, with a seminar, lectures+collaborative research++
The second involves the relationship between institutions of criminal justice, such as police stations or prisons, and their urban locations. Here I’ll speak about developing and carrying out research in Japan on the atmospheres and environments of the koban, or ‘police box’. I’ll discuss a small pilot study of koban conducted in Tokyo in May-June 2018, and being expanded and developed during my visit to Keio University. In relation to both projects, I’ll focus on questions of ethnographic method activating concepts such as ‘assemblage’, ‘atmosphere’, and ‘encounter’."Parts of Alison's research will be presented in two research seminars, at the beginning (photo above) and start of her visit, and in a special guest lecture within Darko's course Theories of Architecture and Urban Design (photo below). In her research fieldwork Alison will be assisted by a group of co+labo students, coordinated by Sanja Zonja, who investigates similar themes.