Darko Radović is Professor of Architecture and Urban design at Keio University and Visiting Professor at the United Nations University. His investigations of urbanity and sustainable development focus at culturally and environmentally diverse contexts, with specific emphasis on interfaces between public and private, and inside and outside realms. His publications of direct relevance for this presentation include Another Tokyo (2008); small Tokyo (with Boontharm, 2011); Intensities in Ten Cities (2013); Tokyo dérive: (2013); Subjectivities in Investigations of the Urban, (2014); In Search of Urban Quality (with Boontharm; 2014); “On Mapping Subjectivities in Urban Research” (City, Culture and Society, Cultural Mapping; 2016) and “The street and democracy, Japanese style” (Contesti, 2016).
The lecture will present some of the results of Measuring the non-Measurable, the major investigation of the quality of everyday life and sustainable urban practices in diverse cultural contexts, with an emphasis on fieldwork (Urban Research Pavilion) methodology and the ways of its contextualisation. Focus is on situations where public and private realms, and culturally nuanced commons seek their own spatial expressions. The presentation is deliberately polemological, in hope to “force theory to recognise its own limits” (de Certeau) and make it resonate with the needs and imperatives of Mostar.