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co+labo is an Architecture and Urban Design Laboratory at Keio University, Tokyo.
It is based in the Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Systems Design Engineering.co+labo Radović continues from the steps of one of the founding architecture laboratories at Keio University, that of Kengo Kuma, and widens the curriculum towards inclusion of urban scales, research and interdisciplinary PhD programme. co+labo is involved in education, research and design-research in the fields of architecture and urban design.

co+labo is the name of Laboratory Radović, and among the Japanese students it is known as Rado-ken (ラド研) the name co+labo points at two main aspects of our operation:

co as in “collaboration” (we work closely with a number of individuals and institutions worldwide with whom we share interests)

+labo as in “laboratory”, which is the basic cell of Japanese tertiary education and the workshop, in which ideas get translated into action.

Darko Radović

Darko Radović is Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at Keio University, an initiator and a founding co-Director of International Keio Institute for Architecture and Urbanism – IKI, and a Visiting Professor at the United Nations University, Institute of Advanced Studies, Yokohama. He is also a member of the Philips Center for Health and Well-being Livable Cities Think Tank. Darko Radović received his doctorate in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia. He has taught, researched and practiced architecture and urbanism in Europe, Australia and Asia. His research in architecture and urbanism and, consequently, the core of activities in his laboratory, focuses at the nexus between environmental and cultural sustainability and situations where architecture and urban design overlap, where traditional “architectural” and “urban” scales blur, where social starts to acquire physical form. His investigations of the concepts of urbanity and sustainable development focus on culturally and environmentally diverse contexts which expose difference and offer encounter with the other. He argues that neither the path of ecological nor that of cultural sustainability can be undertaken separately, and indeed that there is no viable future without their harmonious synthesis. On that basis, he has developed the concept of eco-urbanity, which constitutes one of the hubs of his recent teaching activities and publications, and radical realism, as design praxis of eco-urbanity.

co+labo associates

co+labo Partner:

  • Mr Vuk Radović, Architect Kengo Kuma And Associates, Tokyo (co-founder of co+labo Radović 2008 – current)

co+labo Visiting Professors:

  • Dr Davisi Boontharm, Deakin University
    Project Associate Professor at Leading Graduate School Keio University
  • Professor Heng Chye Kiang, National University of Singapore (2010)

co+labo Visiting Fellows:

  • Dr Akiyoshi Inasaka, Tokyo University of Science, Department of Architecture (2011-current)
  • Mr Boonchai Kajaikiatkamjorn, a PhD candidate, Kasetsart University, Bangkok (2011 – current)
  • Mr Takayuki Miyoshi, architect, Nippon Koei (2011 – current)
  • Mr Satoshi Sano, Eureka (2009 – current)
  • Dr Wanyu Shih, a postdoctoral fellow at the United Nations University IAS (2011- current)

co+labo Visiting Lecturers:

  • Dr Heide Imai, Postdoctoral Fellow, Hosei University, Tokyo (2009 – current)
  • Dr Apiradee Kasmsook, Silapakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand (2011)
  • Mr Daniel Khong, Senior Manager, Vic Urban, Melbourne, Australia (2010)
  • Mr David Sim, Director Gehl Architects, Copenhagen, Denmark (2011)