WHAT IS Co:LAB?

Co.LAB, the Collaborative Laboratory, is a multifaceted organisation embedded within the School of Architecture & Design at Birmingham City University. We focus on design research, enterprise, employability and practice-led interdisciplinary exploration through collaborative practice as a key working methodology. It acts

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WHAT IS Co:LAB?

Co.LAB, the Collaborative Laboratory, is a multifaceted organisation embedded within the School of Architecture & Design at Birmingham City University. We focus on design research, enterprise, employability and practice-led interdisciplinary exploration through collaborative practice as a key working methodology. It acts

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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 + Design at Birmingham City University. The school is part the  Arts, Design & Media faculty (ADM) – 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 + Design at Birmingham City University. The school is part the  Arts, Design & Media faculty (ADM) – the largest arts institution outside London. This comes with a vast array

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OUR WORK SPACE

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

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OUR WORK SPACE

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

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AWARDS & TESTIMONIALS

Awards…. Practice Award for Knowledge Hub project with NODE, National Urban Design Awards, London. 2017. Biffa Award, Small Grants Award for Gallery and events space refurbishment, Birmingham Open Media. 2015. UnLtd Social Entrepreneurship Grant for Birmingham Open Media co-working space,.

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AWARDS & TESTIMONIALS

Awards…. Practice Award for Knowledge Hub project with NODE, National Urban Design Awards, London. 2017. Biffa Award, Small Grants Award for Gallery and events space refurbishment, Birmingham Open Media. 2015. UnLtd Social Entrepreneurship Grant for Birmingham Open Media co-working space,.

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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

“Connectivity is the single defining character of our 20th Century urban condition” – Me ++, William J. Mitchel Co.lab benefits from being part of the Birmingham School of Architecture & Design in a number of ways. The School has the longest-standing RIBA

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THE Co.LAB NETWORK

“Connectivity is the single defining character of our 20th Century urban condition” – Me ++, William J. Mitchel Co.lab benefits from being part of the Birmingham School of Architecture & Design in a number of ways. The School has the longest-standing RIBA

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Critical Pedagogies- Week 1

The first session in Critical pedagogies course was more about the project brief and the theories we are going to stand up for in our research project. We are a group of students who are having a common purpose in finding solutions for

Critical Pedagogies- Week 1

The first session in Critical pedagogies course was more about the project brief and the theories we are going to stand up for in our research project. We are a group of students who are having a common purpose in finding solutions for

Capture – Process – Produce

Above is a screenshot of the selection of images I took of a corner of the William Mitchell sculptures under Hockley Flyover (right hand side of screen). The 3D model you see (left hand side of screen) is the object

Capture – Process – Produce

Above is a screenshot of the selection of images I took of a corner of the William Mitchell sculptures under Hockley Flyover (right hand side of screen). The 3D model you see (left hand side of screen) is the object

Capture-Process-Produce

To explore the production techniques which could be used to archive the sculpture and represent its features on a smaller scale, the process below explains how the 3D model generated from photographs could be used to duplicate elements of the

Capture-Process-Produce

To explore the production techniques which could be used to archive the sculpture and represent its features on a smaller scale, the process below explains how the 3D model generated from photographs could be used to duplicate elements of the

Did Hockley need to be lost to be found?

In making records of Hockley Flyover, a site of ‘grade separation’ where one highway is carried over another, we attempt to evaluate the past, present and future built form to ask ‘what is the impact of urban regeneration on our

Did Hockley need to be lost to be found?

In making records of Hockley Flyover, a site of ‘grade separation’ where one highway is carried over another, we attempt to evaluate the past, present and future built form to ask ‘what is the impact of urban regeneration on our

Hockley Circus – the big bottom

The enclosed pedestrian space, a public square within the road system of Hockley Circus/Flyover sits beneath the concrete deck and among the concrete pillars. Sunken below road level and accessed only by five pedestrian underpasses. ‘Sunken’ – ‘Under’ – ‘Below’

Hockley Circus – the big bottom

The enclosed pedestrian space, a public square within the road system of Hockley Circus/Flyover sits beneath the concrete deck and among the concrete pillars. Sunken below road level and accessed only by five pedestrian underpasses. ‘Sunken’ – ‘Under’ – ‘Below’

Mapping and Manipulating

With ‘Grade Seperation’ in mind we are using Hockley Underpass, in Birmingham as a precedent. As part of the digital/tangible subgroup we have mapped elements of a sculpture by William Mitchell that forms part of the boundary of the underpass.

Mapping and Manipulating

With ‘Grade Seperation’ in mind we are using Hockley Underpass, in Birmingham as a precedent. As part of the digital/tangible subgroup we have mapped elements of a sculpture by William Mitchell that forms part of the boundary of the underpass.

The Big Review

The Big Review was the closing event for Futuremakers, a ‘private view’ of sorts, but one that occurs at the end of the exhibition rather than its opening. Its guests were younger than normally expected too – staring from 4

The Big Review

The Big Review was the closing event for Futuremakers, a ‘private view’ of sorts, but one that occurs at the end of the exhibition rather than its opening. Its guests were younger than normally expected too – staring from 4

New Curiosities Box Radio Show

Futuremakers is now over. It has been a great experience and have generated lots of new ideas and made several new links for the future. As a point of reflection,  here is a radio show I was featured in talking

New Curiosities Box Radio Show

Futuremakers is now over. It has been a great experience and have generated lots of new ideas and made several new links for the future. As a point of reflection,  here is a radio show I was featured in talking

Centrala across the media

Featured image source: @modern_clay In 2015, we designed Centrala,  opening in the Minerva Works complex as one of many new independent arts organisations popping up in the Digbeth Area. Its diverse programme of performance, visual arts and music events brought

Centrala across the media

Featured image source: @modern_clay In 2015, we designed Centrala,  opening in the Minerva Works complex as one of many new independent arts organisations popping up in the Digbeth Area. Its diverse programme of performance, visual arts and music events brought

Graphic Motif

‘Activities linked to construction are recorded in… techniques and materials, where the choice of materials is essential. It may be material in its natural state… but also that of recovered industrial material, reused, reworked, or used in an “inappropriate’ fashion, not in the way intended by industry.’ 

Graphic Motif

‘Activities linked to construction are recorded in… techniques and materials, where the choice of materials is essential. It may be material in its natural state… but also that of recovered industrial material, reused, reworked, or used in an “inappropriate’ fashion, not in the way intended by industry.’