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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St Edmunds Mentoring: Live Demonstrations

Week Five- 12/03/20 Part 1: Year 9 Talk on UCAS applications and personal journeys During the last week of the Co-lab experience, we had the chance to speak to the younger year group about GCSE options and different options after

St Edmunds Mentoring: Live Demonstrations

Week Five- 12/03/20 Part 1: Year 9 Talk on UCAS applications and personal journeys During the last week of the Co-lab experience, we had the chance to speak to the younger year group about GCSE options and different options after

St Edmunds Mentoring: Photoshop Live session

Week Four: 05/03/20 This Diagram above illustrates the collaborative visual of the group structure showing all the work flows and time lines of the project itself and how each group is allocated to what year group in the process. The

St Edmunds Mentoring: Photoshop Live session

Week Four: 05/03/20 This Diagram above illustrates the collaborative visual of the group structure showing all the work flows and time lines of the project itself and how each group is allocated to what year group in the process. The

St Edmunds Mentoring: Design Development and Idea creation

Week Three- 27/02/20 Looking at how the students simply used pencil, it created a bland outcome which would limit their development work and therefore their grade, which would impact their final assessment grade. Consequently, I introduced different etching types using

St Edmunds Mentoring: Design Development and Idea creation

Week Three- 27/02/20 Looking at how the students simply used pencil, it created a bland outcome which would limit their development work and therefore their grade, which would impact their final assessment grade. Consequently, I introduced different etching types using

Autonomy, Complicity & Ascension | Working From Home

By Co:Lab student 24/03/20 Student Blog Currently, all of us students are working from home. Self isolation is happening and we are all in the same boat, however we have projects to complete and with the tables turned having no

Autonomy, Complicity & Ascension | Working From Home

By Co:Lab student 24/03/20 Student Blog Currently, all of us students are working from home. Self isolation is happening and we are all in the same boat, however we have projects to complete and with the tables turned having no

St Edmunds Mentoring: Personal Journeys

Week two- 10/02/20 Part 1: Journeys Into Architecture Under a lot of reflection due to personal experiences, myself and the group individually presented our personal journeys into Architecture and the realistic struggles and lessons that we have been taught along

St Edmunds Mentoring: Personal Journeys

Week two- 10/02/20 Part 1: Journeys Into Architecture Under a lot of reflection due to personal experiences, myself and the group individually presented our personal journeys into Architecture and the realistic struggles and lessons that we have been taught along

St Edmunds Mentoring: Induction

St Edmunds mentoring is a live Co Lab project focusing on multi disciplinary qualities, within the professional context of a school and bringing in exterior sources. This includes an Interior Architecture student, Architecture and Masters students together to collaborate and

St Edmunds Mentoring: Induction

St Edmunds mentoring is a live Co Lab project focusing on multi disciplinary qualities, within the professional context of a school and bringing in exterior sources. This includes an Interior Architecture student, Architecture and Masters students together to collaborate and

Connected Chelmsley (Environment and Ecology) Mapping Development – A Summary and Critique

The Connected Chelmsley project, overall, looks at mapping Chelmsley Wood to think about how people live, work and play in and around Chelmsley Wood. Our group focused on Environment and Ecology. In the first session we visited Chelmsley Wood. During

Connected Chelmsley (Environment and Ecology) Mapping Development – A Summary and Critique

The Connected Chelmsley project, overall, looks at mapping Chelmsley Wood to think about how people live, work and play in and around Chelmsley Wood. Our group focused on Environment and Ecology. In the first session we visited Chelmsley Wood. During

Autonomy, Complicity & Ascension | Ramp Construction

Our group had the task of creating a ramp that would ascend the person physically with textural qualities that would get finer as they came towards the end of the journey. First of all we went and investigated what materials

Autonomy, Complicity & Ascension | Ramp Construction

Our group had the task of creating a ramp that would ascend the person physically with textural qualities that would get finer as they came towards the end of the journey. First of all we went and investigated what materials

Autonomy, Complicity & Ascension – Performance Preparation

In preparation for the final event the graphics, wall, ramp and fabric group came together to test what they’ve produced at the location the performance is set to be held at – the shell. We were able to communicate with

Autonomy, Complicity & Ascension – Performance Preparation

In preparation for the final event the graphics, wall, ramp and fabric group came together to test what they’ve produced at the location the performance is set to be held at – the shell. We were able to communicate with

St Edmund's Mentoring: Facade Modelling Workshop

To support students at St Edmund’s, we delivered a workshop on how to very easily create facade models so that students could begin to create depth and materiality within their final models as part of their courses. The exercise was

St Edmund's Mentoring: Facade Modelling Workshop

To support students at St Edmund’s, we delivered a workshop on how to very easily create facade models so that students could begin to create depth and materiality within their final models as part of their courses. The exercise was

Autonomy, Complicity & Ascension | Interim Review

In week 6 of our CoLab module we went to the Curzon buildings for the interim review. This is where we had to present our group work that we had created, and this was to receive feedback. When arriving into

Autonomy, Complicity & Ascension | Interim Review

In week 6 of our CoLab module we went to the Curzon buildings for the interim review. This is where we had to present our group work that we had created, and this was to receive feedback. When arriving into

Autonomy, Complicity & Ascension | Timber Wall Construction

With the performance being two weeks away, we had to think quickly about constructing our timber frame walls after the interim review. We had to put together some form of costing in order to make sure that we were spending

Autonomy, Complicity & Ascension | Timber Wall Construction

With the performance being two weeks away, we had to think quickly about constructing our timber frame walls after the interim review. We had to put together some form of costing in order to make sure that we were spending

Autonomy, Complicity & Ascension | Making in the Shell

Week 7 of Colab – Preparations 4 groups were created after the interim review: Ramp / Walls / Fabric / Multi-sensory. Each group has an assigned task to finish for the performance. This week we started the preparations for our

Autonomy, Complicity & Ascension | Making in the Shell

Week 7 of Colab – Preparations 4 groups were created after the interim review: Ramp / Walls / Fabric / Multi-sensory. Each group has an assigned task to finish for the performance. This week we started the preparations for our