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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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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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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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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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Imagining Digbeth’s Future

In order to create a successful wayfinding route through the location of Digbeth, we have been working on two wayfinding options that would allow members of the public, exiting the HS2 station opposite Curzon Street Station, to find their way through

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Imagining Digbeth’s Future

In order to create a successful wayfinding route through the location of Digbeth, we have been working on two wayfinding options that would allow members of the public, exiting the HS2 station opposite Curzon Street Station, to find their way through

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Co.Lab Zero Carbon – Session 3 (MacroFlo)

In the third session we used MacroFlo program to analyse infiltration and natural ventilation in a building and simulate air flow processes over different periods of time, by assigning data for “external glazing”, “internal glazing” and doors, regarding crackage, openable

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Co.Lab Zero Carbon – Session 3 (MacroFlo)

In the third session we used MacroFlo program to analyse infiltration and natural ventilation in a building and simulate air flow processes over different periods of time, by assigning data for “external glazing”, “internal glazing” and doors, regarding crackage, openable

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Identifying Key Issues

Knowledge exchange aims to build upon the relationship between practice and academia, allowing our Co Lab group to focus on elements of our individual practices which we believe should be addressed. Issues highlighted within the practice could range from; work processes,

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Identifying Key Issues

Knowledge exchange aims to build upon the relationship between practice and academia, allowing our Co Lab group to focus on elements of our individual practices which we believe should be addressed. Issues highlighted within the practice could range from; work processes,

Mini Museum: Warehouse Visit

To get more of an understanding of how museums function and where the artefacts are stored, we visited the Museum Collections Centre. Here, we were able to view various artefacts from different exhibitions and time periods. During the session at

Mini Museum: Warehouse Visit

To get more of an understanding of how museums function and where the artefacts are stored, we visited the Museum Collections Centre. Here, we were able to view various artefacts from different exhibitions and time periods. During the session at

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The Museum Collection

We went to the warehouse where the artefacts and objects for the museum are stored, we were told that around 10% of the museums collections are displayed whilst the other 90% are in the warehouse for storage. For this workshop

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The Museum Collection

We went to the warehouse where the artefacts and objects for the museum are stored, we were told that around 10% of the museums collections are displayed whilst the other 90% are in the warehouse for storage. For this workshop

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Colour Storyline

Introduction After the introduction of all the stories our group decided that we would like to pursue the colours project, this was due to the broad nature of colour, the way we perceive it and the history behind it. There are

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Colour Storyline

Introduction After the introduction of all the stories our group decided that we would like to pursue the colours project, this was due to the broad nature of colour, the way we perceive it and the history behind it. There are

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Animal Stories – Design Development

This idea is trying to make the display more interactive by having coloured buttons which correlate to a specific animal. By pressing the button is will activate the projector to show an animation and sound clip giving an explanation of the

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Animal Stories – Design Development

This idea is trying to make the display more interactive by having coloured buttons which correlate to a specific animal. By pressing the button is will activate the projector to show an animation and sound clip giving an explanation of the

Jewel in the Crown // Research on The Mughal Empire

THE ART OF THE MUGHAL EMPIRE Coronation of the 20th in line Moghul emperor, 62-year-old Bahadur Shah. “But the event was royal no doubt; (not as exquisite as first great Moghul emperor, Babur) Diwan-i-Khas with silk friezes, damasked drapes framing

Jewel in the Crown // Research on The Mughal Empire

THE ART OF THE MUGHAL EMPIRE Coronation of the 20th in line Moghul emperor, 62-year-old Bahadur Shah. “But the event was royal no doubt; (not as exquisite as first great Moghul emperor, Babur) Diwan-i-Khas with silk friezes, damasked drapes framing

Jewel in the Crown // Textures

  EXISTING TEXTURES AND COLOURS

Jewel in the Crown // Textures

  EXISTING TEXTURES AND COLOURS