Over the last three years Keio University students of Architecture and Urban Design have made tremendous effort to point out at an obvious fact – that although their university does not have a discrete programme in architecture and urban design, Keio excels in the fields of production of space, both in research and design. In 2018, with tremendous support from the then Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology Professor Kohei Itoh and we have started Comprehensive Design Workshop – CDW, the project which would not only celebrate the 80th anniversary of science and technology at the oldest university in Japan, but also help make that evident quality public. Following two excellent exhibitions in excellent exhibition space at Keio Hiyoshi Campus in 2018 and 2019, and a memorable event in July 2020 which brought together some of the key academics and practitioners from Japan and our worldwide partners. Central to those efforts was co+labo , with Darko chairing the project and members at all levels, form undergraduate students to Post-Doc fellows making the exhibition, students competitions, international visits, series of gest lectures and the concluding symposium come true. As an exclamation mark at the end of Keio Architecture CDW we have imagined and delivered an appropriately good publication. With generous support of Sogo Shikaku, which has funded and published our book, Keio Architecture Yearbook 2018-19 is now in the bookstores.
Following academics and practitioners, friends and partners Keio Architecture have contributed to this issue:
Fumihiko Maki, Yoshio Taniguchi, Kengo Kuma, Shigeru Ban, Gabriele Masera, Leonardo Chiesi, Manuela Grecchi, Matteo Ruta, Vladimir Lojanica, Ray Lucas, Ronan Paddison, Alison Young, Haide Imai, Vuk Radović , Davisi Boontharm, Neno Kezić , Tadej Glažar, Estanislau Roca, Motoo Chiba, Katsuhito Komatsu, Takumi Saikawa, Takashi Suo, Hiroyuki Ito, Tetsuo Kondo.
The volume also features Keio Professors:
Akira Haseyama (President), Eiji Okada (Dean, Science and Tachnology), Kohei Ito (Dean, CDW initiator), Darko Radović, Jorge Almazán, Tatsuya Kishimoto, Akira Mita, Toshiharu Ikaga, Hiroto Kobayashi, Ami Ogawa and other.
Keio Architecture Yearbook 2018-2019 presents a selection of undergraduate and graduate projects from architecture and urban design studios conducted at Keio University in 2018 and 2019. Keio, the oldest University in Japan, still does not have a dedicated School of Architecture and Urban Design. Its twelve laboratories operating in the fields focusing at production of space are based within multidisciplinary schools which are located at distant campuses - Faculty of Science and Technology at Yagami, and Graduate School of Media and Governance at Shonan Fujisawa. Thus conceived, Keio Architecture functions as an international and collaborative Research, Design-Research and Education Hub, co-organized by participating laboratories, with an overarching aim to advance Architectural and Urban Design at Keio and within its international networks. Architecture was introduced to Keio Faculty of Science and Technology in 2000, with inauguration of Kazuyo Sejimaʼ s and Kengo Kumaʼ s laboratories. The next critical step was in 2010, with establishment of a semi-formal institutional framework of IKI - International Keio Institute for Architecture and Urbanism. Imagined and initiated by Darko Radović ,Kazuyo Sejima (Yagami) and Hiroto Kobayashi (SFC), IKI was launched at Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2010. Since that, it served as a platform for international research and design activities, involving professionals from Keio, various Japanese and international institutions of renown and global prestige. In 2018, Keio Architecture (following an advice by Fumihiko Maki) was announced, with a launch of architecture.keio.ac.jp web site and introduction of the key project - Comprehensive Design Workshop for the Athletic and Recreational Facilities of the Hiyoshi, Shimoda, and Yagami Campuses – CDW. The Workshop, initiated by Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology Kohei Itoh has evolved into a complex, heuristic design-research exercise in rethinking both those facilities and the broader quality of life and well-being within the Campuses and their neighbouring areas. This Yearbook presents work produced within CDW in studios coordinated by Professors (in alphabetic order) Darko Radović , Hiroto Kobayashi, Jorge Almazán, Shigeru Ban and Tatsuya Kishimoto; Visiting Studio Professors Katsuhito Komatsu, Motoo Chiba, Satoshi Sano, Takumi Saikawa and Tatsuo Kondo; and a number of Guests, from the world-known and up-and-coming academics. Reflecting the spirit of emerging Keio Architecture, not only the material presented here but the book itself, generously supported by SOGO Shikakugaku, was entirely designed and developed by our students.
CDW and this book are part of celebrations of the 80th Anniversary of the Faculty of Science and Technology at Keio University.