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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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Tour to Ash & Lacy Building System

Students took tours to Ash & Lacy factory at West Bromwish for better understanding of the manufacturing process. The tour was lead by Mr. Tharinda Rathnapala from Ash & Lacy and guided through the factories and warehouses. He introduced the process and machineries that

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Tour to Ash & Lacy Building System

Students took tours to Ash & Lacy factory at West Bromwish for better understanding of the manufacturing process. The tour was lead by Mr. Tharinda Rathnapala from Ash & Lacy and guided through the factories and warehouses. He introduced the process and machineries that

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Facade Panels in Context

At the end of the final presentation it was discussed that it would be useful to see the panels in their proposed context. Below are images showing two different sizes of panel, the smaller being similar to the one created

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Facade Panels in Context

At the end of the final presentation it was discussed that it would be useful to see the panels in their proposed context. Below are images showing two different sizes of panel, the smaller being similar to the one created

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Museum Collections Centre & Birmingham Central Library

The Museum Collections Centre (MCC) and the Birmingham Central Library are two very different buildings with a similar purpose – to archive stories. The MCC holds objects, statues and models, to preserve places and activities that took place in Birmingham. Birmingham

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Museum Collections Centre & Birmingham Central Library

The Museum Collections Centre (MCC) and the Birmingham Central Library are two very different buildings with a similar purpose – to archive stories. The MCC holds objects, statues and models, to preserve places and activities that took place in Birmingham. Birmingham

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Concrete Dream

When the old library wasn’t the new one yet, hopes were high for this new public space. Birmingham City Library was going to be surrounded by trees, fountains and waterfalls. It would be a place where people could read, learn,

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Concrete Dream

When the old library wasn’t the new one yet, hopes were high for this new public space. Birmingham City Library was going to be surrounded by trees, fountains and waterfalls. It would be a place where people could read, learn,

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Innovation in Clustered Networks

 image source: www.purest-form.com/particle-field/  Research to develop the Birmingham Production Space undergoes a new phase – attempting to clarify its position in the city both culturally, economically and geographically. We are also progressing the proposal with discussions alongside BCU to promote greater

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Innovation in Clustered Networks

 image source: www.purest-form.com/particle-field/  Research to develop the Birmingham Production Space undergoes a new phase – attempting to clarify its position in the city both culturally, economically and geographically. We are also progressing the proposal with discussions alongside BCU to promote greater

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Final Concept – George Cristea

After we finished bolting the strips on the wood frame, we peeled the protection off and finalized the project concept. It came out to be very shiny and to reflect the day light, and sun light when available, exactly the

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Final Concept – George Cristea

After we finished bolting the strips on the wood frame, we peeled the protection off and finalized the project concept. It came out to be very shiny and to reflect the day light, and sun light when available, exactly the

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Steps to the Final Concept – George Cristea

We took records of all our steps in particular, from step one – experimenting on small scale – to creating 1:1 experiments, understanding the problems we may encounter and eventually to the final step which is the final Concept we

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Steps to the Final Concept – George Cristea

We took records of all our steps in particular, from step one – experimenting on small scale – to creating 1:1 experiments, understanding the problems we may encounter and eventually to the final step which is the final Concept we

Experimenting Aluminium Tectonics – George Cristea

Experimenting our ideas with small models to understand what type of bends, curves or twists would best describe our concept. We ended up with a lot of models and ideas and then moved on with experimenting with them on an

Experimenting Aluminium Tectonics – George Cristea

Experimenting our ideas with small models to understand what type of bends, curves or twists would best describe our concept. We ended up with a lot of models and ideas and then moved on with experimenting with them on an

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salvaged-g1 MA.M

After the formative review, we used our feedback and eliminated any doubts we had before, it was suggested to us to draw a quick sketch that would help us identify and analyse all the positive and negative aspects of what

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salvaged-g1 MA.M

After the formative review, we used our feedback and eliminated any doubts we had before, it was suggested to us to draw a quick sketch that would help us identify and analyse all the positive and negative aspects of what

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After the site visit , we decided as a group to represent textures and we have picked 4 main materials which we believed better represented the site allocated: timber, concrete , metal and moss. Here is one of our precedent,

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Salvaged -Group1 MA.M

After the site visit , we decided as a group to represent textures and we have picked 4 main materials which we believed better represented the site allocated: timber, concrete , metal and moss. Here is one of our precedent,