14 August 2018

co+labo radović       a competition award to co+labo's Aki Suzuki and Daisuke Kobayashi    
co+labo's team composed of our Double Degree Graduate Akitaka Suzuki and final year Masters student Daisuke Kobayashi have won the award at the 3rd Yokohama Street Furniture Competition “3 街を楽しくするストリートファニチャーデザインコンペティション”. An important feature of this competition series which focuses on making open spaces of the city of Yokohama more enjoyable is that the winning schemes get built. Aki-san's and Daisuke-san's project will be realised mid-November, at the prestigious location in front of Kenzo Tange's Yokohama Museum.
They summarise their aim as creating an unique experience, a mini-environment which would enable the residents and visitors to feel the dynamic mix which makes the existing urban fabric of Yokohama and enhance an awareness of immersion and interaction with the city, its spaces, amenities and fellow citizens around them. 
Suzuki-san explains how, inspired by impressive reflections of Yokohama on the surface of the sea, they proposed a table with reflective top and, through careful modifications of its height and the layout of holes (below), replaced the view of the ground with a dynamic, ever-changing spectacle of movement of the clouds, people and simple objects placed on the table. The project beautifully encapsulates a number of key co+labo principles.
The proposal passed the first screening in June, and on 28 July, was qualified as one of the winners after the public presentation in Yokohama Creative-city Centre in Minatomirai.

22 July 2018

co+labo radović                                                          from co+labo margins, these days >>>>   
While Comprehensive Design Workshop Exhibition is still open in Raiosha, some activities at the margins of our laboratory point at possible new projects, the excitements to come ... (and - we might be able to report more about that soon).

co+labo radović       Fumihiko Maki's Special Keio Architecture Lecture @ CDW Exhibition    
(a photo report only; an update to follow shortly) 

co+labo radović         A System Design Graduation Competition 2018 @ CDW Exhibition        
(an update to follow)

co+labo radović    Comprehensive Design Workshop Keio Architecture Exhibition Opening   
(an update to follow)

21 July 2018

co+labo radović        an exciting, historic  sight at the entrance to Keio Hiyoshi Campus       
This morning, Friday 20 July 2018, for the first time in history of the oldest University in Japan, words KEIO ARCHITECTURE appeared at the entrance to one of the main Campuses - Hiyoshi. The tall banner announces a series of forthcoming events related to our Comprehensive Design Workshop, which will open the next stage in development of studies in the fields of production of space at Keio. Since 2010 co+labo plays the very central role in that process.
As outlined in the recently published Keio Architecture year-book 2016-17, critical contribution to the emergence of Keio Architecture was provided in 2010, by the establishment of an innovative, semi-formal institutional framework of IKI, International Keio Institute for Architecture and Urbanism. In August of that year, IKI, which was imagined and initiated by professors Darko Radović and Kazuyo Sejima (Yagami Campus) and Hiroto Kobayashi (Shonan Fujisawa Campus), was inaugurated in Venice, at Biennale Architettura. Since then, IKI served as a framework for numerous and diverse international research, teaching and design-research activities within broadly defined field of production of space,  involving academics and professionals from Keio and various other Japanese and international institutions of renown and global prestige. Further development of teaching and research in the fields of architecture and urban design at Keio demanded consolidation of the achieved quality and steps that would match both the reputation of Keio and its Top Global aspirations. The key step on that journey was the establishment of a broad framework - Keio Architecture. The launch of http://architecture.keio.ac.jp has announced the stream of activities - one of which comes to Hiyoshi Campus. 
Over the next several days, this blog will be bringing the snapshots from the key events at Hiyoshi Campus.