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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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Meeting

Good Meeting today to discuss the and launch our public engagement hopefully ready to present next Wednesday.

Meeting

Good Meeting today to discuss the and launch our public engagement hopefully ready to present next Wednesday.

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Project Profile: Centrala

TITLE: Centrala Gallery & Cafe LOCATION: Minerva Works, Digbeth, Birmingham PROJECT TYPE: Design, Construction Centrala is a new art facility located within a former industrial unit of Minerva Works. The 150m2 unit is converted into a cafe, bookshop, gallery, seminar room, 3 artist

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Project Profile: Centrala

TITLE: Centrala Gallery & Cafe LOCATION: Minerva Works, Digbeth, Birmingham PROJECT TYPE: Design, Construction Centrala is a new art facility located within a former industrial unit of Minerva Works. The 150m2 unit is converted into a cafe, bookshop, gallery, seminar room, 3 artist

Aluminium Tectonics-Workshop Session 4-Alvin Amito

We completed the 1:20 model in this session, adding support for the card frame in the corners and also vertical support so that the frame was sturdy. We then proceeded to make a larger scale model to understand how the

Aluminium Tectonics-Workshop Session 4-Alvin Amito

We completed the 1:20 model in this session, adding support for the card frame in the corners and also vertical support so that the frame was sturdy. We then proceeded to make a larger scale model to understand how the

Screen Ideas and mock-up

Aluminium Tectonics-Second workshop session-Alvin Amito

At the second workshop session we came up with more solid ideas that were based on the themes of music and motion, incorporating elements from the musical instrument, the piano. We decided on creating a screen that resembled a piano

Screen Ideas and mock-up

Aluminium Tectonics-Second workshop session-Alvin Amito

At the second workshop session we came up with more solid ideas that were based on the themes of music and motion, incorporating elements from the musical instrument, the piano. We decided on creating a screen that resembled a piano

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Ash & Lacy study visit

Presentation of our study visit at Ash & Lacy. Our group looked in particular at the CNC cutting process, as well as the more technical process of preparing files and handling the aluminium sheets on the CNC bed. Razvan Pop

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Ash & Lacy study visit

Presentation of our study visit at Ash & Lacy. Our group looked in particular at the CNC cutting process, as well as the more technical process of preparing files and handling the aluminium sheets on the CNC bed. Razvan Pop

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Design Development

This week we have presented our proposal of the entrance screen for the new Birmingham Conservatoire. After measuring the opening from a facade elevation provided by the architects of the new building we have decided to create a 1:2 scale model

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Design Development

This week we have presented our proposal of the entrance screen for the new Birmingham Conservatoire. After measuring the opening from a facade elevation provided by the architects of the new building we have decided to create a 1:2 scale model

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MODERN GAZETTEER: PARADISE LOST- Beth Mamicha

The images above demonstrate our first insights from our first group session. We created a mind map after our initial site visit to the Paradise Forum. Looking into the buildings different usability, maintainability, potential and loses. It was mostly our first time

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MODERN GAZETTEER: PARADISE LOST- Beth Mamicha

The images above demonstrate our first insights from our first group session. We created a mind map after our initial site visit to the Paradise Forum. Looking into the buildings different usability, maintainability, potential and loses. It was mostly our first time

Initial screen Ideas

Aluminium Tectonics-Alvin Amito

First week of Workshop sessions. We racked our brains for ideas on how we could clad the Conservatoire building and we came up with these initial models. We focused on the subject of music and movement so that we could

Initial screen Ideas

Aluminium Tectonics-Alvin Amito

First week of Workshop sessions. We racked our brains for ideas on how we could clad the Conservatoire building and we came up with these initial models. We focused on the subject of music and movement so that we could

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Aluminium Tectonics-Alvin Amito

After observing the complete Ash and Lacy production processes, we were split into groups and produced a presentation focusing on one of the areas, using a range of media and also producing a draft of a response to the next part of

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Aluminium Tectonics-Alvin Amito

After observing the complete Ash and Lacy production processes, we were split into groups and produced a presentation focusing on one of the areas, using a range of media and also producing a draft of a response to the next part of