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WHAT IS Co:LAB?

Co.LAB is a multifaceted organisation embedded within the School of Architecture at Birmingham City University with a focus on design research, enterprise, employability and architectural exploration through collaborative practice as a key working methodology. It acts as a vehicle to

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WHAT IS Co:LAB?

Co.LAB is a multifaceted organisation embedded within the School of Architecture at Birmingham City University with a focus on design research, enterprise, employability and architectural exploration through collaborative practice as a key working methodology. It acts as a vehicle to

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HOW CAN YOU COLLABORATE WITH Co.LAB?

We are able to accommodate 3 ranges of service, each with their own structured programme, benefits, and likely costs. We will consider projects from most sectors but particularly encourage ones from not-for-profit organisations, charities, community groups and the public initiatives.

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HOW CAN YOU COLLABORATE WITH Co.LAB?

We are able to accommodate 3 ranges of service, each with their own structured programme, benefits, and likely costs. We will consider projects from most sectors but particularly encourage ones from not-for-profit organisations, charities, community groups and the public initiatives.

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COMPONENTS OF Co.LAB

Co (Collaborative) . LAB (LABORATORY) (noun) Co.LAB Co.LAB Module  {part of the undergraduate and postgraduate architecture teaching programme} Co.LAB Office  {the collective structured organization running Co.LAB} Co.LAB Projects  {the portfolio of ‘live’ projects undertaken within or outside the teaching curriculum}

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COMPONENTS OF Co.LAB

Co (Collaborative) . LAB (LABORATORY) (noun) Co.LAB Co.LAB Module  {part of the undergraduate and postgraduate architecture teaching programme} Co.LAB Office  {the collective structured organization running Co.LAB} Co.LAB Projects  {the portfolio of ‘live’ projects undertaken within or outside the teaching curriculum}

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WHY Co.LAB?

Co.LAB is an organisation embeded within the school of Architecture at Birmingham City University. The school is part the the Birmingham  Institute of Art and Design faculty (BIAD) the largest arts institution outside London. This comes with a vast array

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WHY Co.LAB?

Co.LAB is an organisation embeded within the school of Architecture at Birmingham City University. The school is part the the Birmingham  Institute of Art and Design faculty (BIAD) the largest arts institution outside London. This comes with a vast array

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OUR WORK SPACE

Our organisation is embeded within the Birmingham School of Architecture at their Eastside campus. As one of the departments in BCU’s Faculty of Arts, Design and Media, we share a vast range of resources and facilities that are available to

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OUR WORK SPACE

Our organisation is embeded within the Birmingham School of Architecture at their Eastside campus. As one of the departments in BCU’s Faculty of Arts, Design and Media, we share a vast range of resources and facilities that are available to

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THE COLLABORATIVE BLOG

From group work to multi-disciplinary teams, collaboration has and always been an integral part of any design project. Part of Co.lab’s research is to critically evaluate this process as a working method. The Collaborative Blog will accompany the ongoing research with

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THE COLLABORATIVE BLOG

From group work to multi-disciplinary teams, collaboration has and always been an integral part of any design project. Part of Co.lab’s research is to critically evaluate this process as a working method. The Collaborative Blog will accompany the ongoing research with

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THE Co.LAB NETWORK

Co.lab benefits from being part of the Birmingham School of Architecture in a number of ways. The School has the only RIBA validated Architecture course in the West Midlands region, and is part of the Birmingham City University’s Art &

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THE Co.LAB NETWORK

Co.lab benefits from being part of the Birmingham School of Architecture in a number of ways. The School has the only RIBA validated Architecture course in the West Midlands region, and is part of the Birmingham City University’s Art &

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WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT US….

In the Press…. BFI Sight & Sound [April 2013]. Link here Architect’s Journal [May 2013]. Link here  ArchDaily, [February 2013]. Link here Some endorsements from our collaborators and comments from the wider public…. “The brief for our Co Lab students was to

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WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT US….

In the Press…. BFI Sight & Sound [April 2013]. Link here Architect’s Journal [May 2013]. Link here  ArchDaily, [February 2013]. Link here Some endorsements from our collaborators and comments from the wider public…. “The brief for our Co Lab students was to

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Test 1. CNCing the autocad spirals was not without complications. -The helix tool in autocad automatically recognises itself as a three dimensional Helix. Had to ensure the Z value was on Zero, further checked with the ‘Flatten’ command and then ‘Pedit’

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Test 1. CNCing the autocad spirals was not without complications. -The helix tool in autocad automatically recognises itself as a three dimensional Helix. Had to ensure the Z value was on Zero, further checked with the ‘Flatten’ command and then ‘Pedit’

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Following our presentation and review in December, our brief was to aid the Fashion students with their abstract design module, showing them how to use different techniques and CAD tools. As the fashion design students have our priorities, such as

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Following our presentation and review in December, our brief was to aid the Fashion students with their abstract design module, showing them how to use different techniques and CAD tools. As the fashion design students have our priorities, such as

Aluminium Tectonics- Joints and Fixings

During our tour around the Ash and Lacy site we were given the opportunity to take part in the fabrication process of a panel, which allowed us to understand the folding, drilling and riveting process. We inherited these processes incorporated

Aluminium Tectonics- Joints and Fixings

During our tour around the Ash and Lacy site we were given the opportunity to take part in the fabrication process of a panel, which allowed us to understand the folding, drilling and riveting process. We inherited these processes incorporated

Aluminium Tectonics- Concept and Configurations

In line with the brief as a group were looking to design a façade for the Birmingham conservatoire. We began to look into sound waves, triangular sound waves in particular. Taking the simple triangular form forward we looked at how

Aluminium Tectonics- Concept and Configurations

In line with the brief as a group were looking to design a façade for the Birmingham conservatoire. We began to look into sound waves, triangular sound waves in particular. Taking the simple triangular form forward we looked at how

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Curzon community meeting

To proceed with the project for the memorial to the former, Italian community of Curzon, we organised a community engagement session, at the Woodman pub – one of the only remaining structures from the period in question. This was the

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Curzon community meeting

To proceed with the project for the memorial to the former, Italian community of Curzon, we organised a community engagement session, at the Woodman pub – one of the only remaining structures from the period in question. This was the

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Digital Fashion / Workshop 3 /Aron

In the third workshop we carried out a life drawing exercise similar to workshop one. We then further developed our drawings using architectural processes such as laser cutting. Below are examples of the drawings I did in the workshop. Working in

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Digital Fashion / Workshop 3 /Aron

In the third workshop we carried out a life drawing exercise similar to workshop one. We then further developed our drawings using architectural processes such as laser cutting. Below are examples of the drawings I did in the workshop. Working in

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Digital Fashion/Workshop 2/Aron

In the second workshop we were introduced to another group of fashion students and customised an existing garment. We used techniques that are popular in Japanese fashion, making an incision and adding a contrasting piece of fabric. The outcome was very

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Digital Fashion/Workshop 2/Aron

In the second workshop we were introduced to another group of fashion students and customised an existing garment. We used techniques that are popular in Japanese fashion, making an incision and adding a contrasting piece of fabric. The outcome was very

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Digital Fashion / Workshop 1 / Aron

The first workshop gave us a chance meet the fashion students and begin to understand how they work. At the surface you would think that two design subjects may operate similarly, but completing the workshop was unlike anything I have

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Digital Fashion / Workshop 1 / Aron

The first workshop gave us a chance meet the fashion students and begin to understand how they work. At the surface you would think that two design subjects may operate similarly, but completing the workshop was unlike anything I have

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I wanted to capture the texture of the tool cut edge and the naturally split.  

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I wanted to capture the texture of the tool cut edge and the naturally split.  

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Digital Fashion / Task 1 / Aron

For the first task I decided to explore the avenue of origami after being inspired by the geometric patterns formed in the garment below. Above – Hood With Sewn In Shape Memory (Material Revolution) Sticking to the theme of triangles

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Digital Fashion / Task 1 / Aron

For the first task I decided to explore the avenue of origami after being inspired by the geometric patterns formed in the garment below. Above – Hood With Sewn In Shape Memory (Material Revolution) Sticking to the theme of triangles