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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 art & design faculty (BIAD), we share a vast range of resources and facilities that are available to our

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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 art & design faculty (BIAD), we share a vast range of resources and facilities that are available to our

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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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BOM Receives Planning Approval

The refurb design for Birmingham Open media has received planning approval. Co.LAB’s first project to receive planning, will consist of a public gallery, cafe, darkroom, co-working space and photography studios. The proposal is now being developed for building regulation approval and

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BOM Receives Planning Approval

The refurb design for Birmingham Open media has received planning approval. Co.LAB’s first project to receive planning, will consist of a public gallery, cafe, darkroom, co-working space and photography studios. The proposal is now being developed for building regulation approval and

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Project Profile: Birmingham Open Media

TITLE: Birmingham Open Media Studio & Gallery (BOM) LOCATION: Birmingham City Centre COLLABORATORS: Birmingham Open Media, Fotofilia PROJECT TYPE: Design, Construction, Strategic Planning, Fundraising  This project involves a full architectural design process for a regional centre on open media and photography. The facility is located

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Project Profile: Birmingham Open Media

TITLE: Birmingham Open Media Studio & Gallery (BOM) LOCATION: Birmingham City Centre COLLABORATORS: Birmingham Open Media, Fotofilia PROJECT TYPE: Design, Construction, Strategic Planning, Fundraising  This project involves a full architectural design process for a regional centre on open media and photography. The facility is located

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Project Profile: All of Birmingham is a Stage

  TITLE: All of Birmingham is a Stage Launch LOCATION: Millennium Point, Birmingham COLLABORATORS: DanceXchange, IDFB, Birmingham Ormiston Academy PROJECT TYPE: Design, Event, Fabrication Students from the Birmingham School of Architecture have been working with DanceXchange on All Of Birmingham Is A Stage

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Project Profile: All of Birmingham is a Stage

  TITLE: All of Birmingham is a Stage Launch LOCATION: Millennium Point, Birmingham COLLABORATORS: DanceXchange, IDFB, Birmingham Ormiston Academy PROJECT TYPE: Design, Event, Fabrication Students from the Birmingham School of Architecture have been working with DanceXchange on All Of Birmingham Is A Stage

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BAAD Space: Project Profile

TITLE: BAAD Space Structure LOCATION: School of Art, Margaret St COLLABORATORS: BA (Hons) Art & Design, Nathan Hansen PROJECT TYPE: Design, Fabrication Co.LAB worked with the BA (Hons) Art & Design course (BAAD) to enhance the studio provision for students in

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BAAD Space: Project Profile

TITLE: BAAD Space Structure LOCATION: School of Art, Margaret St COLLABORATORS: BA (Hons) Art & Design, Nathan Hansen PROJECT TYPE: Design, Fabrication Co.LAB worked with the BA (Hons) Art & Design course (BAAD) to enhance the studio provision for students in

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Hidden Spaces: Project Profile

TITLE: Hidden Spaces Exhibition LOCATION: Curzon Street Station, Digbeth COLLABORATORS: Associated Architects, Nathan Hansen, Atrium Lighting PROJECT TYPE: Design, Fabrication, exhibition/curation Co.LAB was approached by Associated Architects to work on a high profile event to launch an exhibition of Birmingham

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Hidden Spaces: Project Profile

TITLE: Hidden Spaces Exhibition LOCATION: Curzon Street Station, Digbeth COLLABORATORS: Associated Architects, Nathan Hansen, Atrium Lighting PROJECT TYPE: Design, Fabrication, exhibition/curation Co.LAB was approached by Associated Architects to work on a high profile event to launch an exhibition of Birmingham

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Opening of Hidden Spaces Exhibition

 image credit: Victoria Crozier Photography Finally the exhibition opens at a private launch party on Friday 20th June with guests from Birmingham City University, Associated Architects, Birmingham City Council and the Birmingham Post. A massive congratulations (and thank-you) to all

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Opening of Hidden Spaces Exhibition

 image credit: Victoria Crozier Photography Finally the exhibition opens at a private launch party on Friday 20th June with guests from Birmingham City University, Associated Architects, Birmingham City Council and the Birmingham Post. A massive congratulations (and thank-you) to all

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Our Sphere’s of Collaborative Influences

As the academic year draws towards the end, we can reflect on 3 full years of Co.LAB – both in terms of the success of the individual projects in addition to the contribution and impact it has generated to the

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Our Sphere’s of Collaborative Influences

As the academic year draws towards the end, we can reflect on 3 full years of Co.LAB – both in terms of the success of the individual projects in addition to the contribution and impact it has generated to the

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Baad Space. The proposal.

The final consultation with the art students was generally well received. We had finally reached a solution which in principle met their needs. The issues raised were fine tuning points, not the fundamental changes we had received at previous consultations. They

Final Concept

Baad Space. The proposal.

The final consultation with the art students was generally well received. We had finally reached a solution which in principle met their needs. The issues raised were fine tuning points, not the fundamental changes we had received at previous consultations. They

Fatima Ladak // Competition Brief Final Output

After 2 prototypes of the competition brief package, the final version is now complete. The inner sheets are now a series of thinner gsm paper type while the outer sheets are heavyweight and matt. This allows the folder to hold

Fatima Ladak // Competition Brief Final Output

After 2 prototypes of the competition brief package, the final version is now complete. The inner sheets are now a series of thinner gsm paper type while the outer sheets are heavyweight and matt. This allows the folder to hold

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Workshop at the Birmingham Hippodrome // Rachelle Salazar

The danceXchange is an organisation that organises performing events all over Birmingham. One of the largest event that will be held on Birmingham is the International Dance Festival Birmingham (IDFB). This event is well known for its diversity of cultures as

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Workshop at the Birmingham Hippodrome // Rachelle Salazar

The danceXchange is an organisation that organises performing events all over Birmingham. One of the largest event that will be held on Birmingham is the International Dance Festival Birmingham (IDFB). This event is well known for its diversity of cultures as