05 December 2020

co+labo radović   Darko@Days of Oris 20x20 - some experiences from 12 years of co+labo  

Darko Radović was invited to talk at Days of Oris, an international architectural festival organized by fine Oris magazine from Zagreb, 
Croatia which champions good architecture for almost twenty years. As Oris summarises, the Days of Oris have been held regularly since 2001. Every year that event "gathers more than 2,000 participants architects and professionals from related fields. So far, more than 300 top experts and speakers from all over the world, have participated in the Festival. The world’s most prominent architects, winners of the largest architectural awards and recognitions, have had their lectures at the Days of Oris: Álvaro Siza, Kengo Kuma, Shigeru Ban, Alberto Campo Baeza, Juhani Pallasmaa, Peter Zumthor, Mansilla + Tuñon, Adam Caruso, David Adjaye, Steven Holl, Fumihiko Maki, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Kazuyo Sejima, Herman Hertzberger, Hrvoje Njirić, Smiljan Radić, Bevk Perović and many others (more about the previous Days of Oris at www.oris.hr). 
As 2020 is special in many ways, so is the jubilee 20 x 20 Days of Oris. The Festival program includes 20 lecturers and each of their lectures is 20 minutes long."


Darko has decided to, within the context which is going to be abundant with examples of architectural excellence, focus on architectural education, on his unique academic experiences in Japan and in particular on those from making and living co+labo radović

His 20 minutes short lecture is entitled "a sensei: on the making of Japanese architects". 

co+labo radović              New Keio Architecture Yearbook 2018-2019 in the bookshops             

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.
This book would be impossible without creativity and commitment of co+labo members  Satoshi Sano. Alice Covatta, Ivan Filipović , Sanja Žonja, Mei Morimoto, Shohei Yamashita, Keitaro Onishi, Mayuko Mikogami, Daisuke Kobayashi, Yukie Takasu, Yumi Ishii, Shun Kato, Norimi Kinoshita, Masahito Motoyama, Takuomi Samejima, Xuang Yang, Žan Krivec, Manca Košir, Amami Iwata, Motomi Matsubara, Junpei Kawamoto, Shinichi Nishibori, Hiroki Shigemura, Muxi Yang, Yuki Mori, Koki Suzuki, Akitaka Suzuki (who took this photo in Yaesu Bookstore) and Ayumu Magome + contributors from other laboratories who participated in design workshops and other activities presented in the Yearbook. 

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.

Big co+labo thank you to all!

Darko’s Introduction

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.  

03 December 2020


co+labo radović    aSAUD 2O2O: Davisi Boontharm on creative reuse and requalification    

Davisi Boontharm of Meiji University I-AUD and a prominent co+labo associate since the foundation of Laboratory Radović will present the latest in her pet research theme - creative reuse and requalification across urban and architectural scales. Davisi explains that her
 lecture "focuses on the significance of requalification in resource approach to sustainable city. It starts with criticism of the sectorial way of thinking about material objects and an inadequacy of instrumentalized ecological philosophy associated with such thinking and establishes the need for transdisciplinary approaches to the production of knowledge about the material objects and spaces.

She argues that sensitive requalification of existing resources and built environments generates novel and culturally attuned qualities. The discussion of several cases of requalification across scales portrays various degrees of complexity and demonstrates how those practices correspond to the more profound eco-cultural sensibility. Lastly, we examine the crucial roles of art and design in requalification, which have the capacity to celebrate the non-measurable values of objects and spaces. Seen as an active synergy between the culture of reuse and local creativities, requalification provides a workable alternative to the practices driven by dominant global, capital-led development agendas, which generate the unsustainable sameness across the world."