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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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BOOK NEWS! 47 Times Together

Its been a while since our last post here, but we have been quite busy! Co.LAB is pleased to reveal details of our first publication, compiling several of our key projects with accompanying essays from guest authors. The project has a working

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BOOK NEWS! 47 Times Together

Its been a while since our last post here, but we have been quite busy! Co.LAB is pleased to reveal details of our first publication, compiling several of our key projects with accompanying essays from guest authors. The project has a working

Architectural Crit.

We used the work of A.F. Grasha as the basis to apply architectural teaching (inquiry-based learning) methods to a further education context. The students found this mode of presentation and feedback useful but stated their time could have been best

Architectural Crit.

We used the work of A.F. Grasha as the basis to apply architectural teaching (inquiry-based learning) methods to a further education context. The students found this mode of presentation and feedback useful but stated their time could have been best

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ST EDMUNDS // RECENT VISITS

Recently, at St Edmunds we have been conducting a variety of activities from one to one tutorials, crits and teaching workshops. The above image shows an example of a 3 hour session teaching the students basic photoshop skills which will

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ST EDMUNDS // RECENT VISITS

Recently, at St Edmunds we have been conducting a variety of activities from one to one tutorials, crits and teaching workshops. The above image shows an example of a 3 hour session teaching the students basic photoshop skills which will

More Precedent

“‘This Way’”, Brooklyn Bridge underpass art installation. Perhaps we could incorporate this idea of strip lighting as waypoints towards our Digbeth sites. These could work under the bridges on Fazeley Street and the pedestrian bridge that goes over the canal

More Precedent

“‘This Way’”, Brooklyn Bridge underpass art installation. Perhaps we could incorporate this idea of strip lighting as waypoints towards our Digbeth sites. These could work under the bridges on Fazeley Street and the pedestrian bridge that goes over the canal

Strategy Ideas / Concepts / Precedent

NC State/UNC Team Wins Top Prize In 2010 ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition UPDATE // RURBANISM: A NEW MODEL FOR AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT Canberra Analysis An urban stroll Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association   01_Collaboration-in-Brooklyn

Strategy Ideas / Concepts / Precedent

NC State/UNC Team Wins Top Prize In 2010 ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition UPDATE // RURBANISM: A NEW MODEL FOR AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT Canberra Analysis An urban stroll Drawing Ambience: Alvin Boyarsky and the Architectural Association   01_Collaboration-in-Brooklyn

Helpful Links / Articles

“Good way of combating graffiti in the area and right on Minerva works doorstep – also a start to merge the boundary between Minerva works and the canal” Community art project unveiled in Birmingham   “Interesting initiative!” Crickhowell: Welsh town moves ‘offshore’

Helpful Links / Articles

“Good way of combating graffiti in the area and right on Minerva works doorstep – also a start to merge the boundary between Minerva works and the canal” Community art project unveiled in Birmingham   “Interesting initiative!” Crickhowell: Welsh town moves ‘offshore’

Precedent Images

“A Playground for Urban Dwellers/ Reuse of Milk Crates” – http://www.houzz.co.uk/photos/218180/a-playground-for-urban-dwellers-reuse-of-milk-crates-contemporary-exterior-melbourne Using milk trays like Lego bricks, PlayMo were able to use  3 different types of crates. Black = platforms, Grey= stairs, Green=moveable. PlayMo is designed to grow and adapt. People are

Precedent Images

“A Playground for Urban Dwellers/ Reuse of Milk Crates” – http://www.houzz.co.uk/photos/218180/a-playground-for-urban-dwellers-reuse-of-milk-crates-contemporary-exterior-melbourne Using milk trays like Lego bricks, PlayMo were able to use  3 different types of crates. Black = platforms, Grey= stairs, Green=moveable. PlayMo is designed to grow and adapt. People are

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Test 1. CNCing the autocad spirals was not without complications. -The helix tool in autocad automatically recognises itself as a three dimensional Helix. Had to ensure the Z value was on Zero, further checked with the ‘Flatten’ command and then ‘Pedit’

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Test 1. CNCing the autocad spirals was not without complications. -The helix tool in autocad automatically recognises itself as a three dimensional Helix. Had to ensure the Z value was on Zero, further checked with the ‘Flatten’ command and then ‘Pedit’

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Following our presentation and review in December, our brief was to aid the Fashion students with their abstract design module, showing them how to use different techniques and CAD tools. As the fashion design students have our priorities, such as

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Following our presentation and review in December, our brief was to aid the Fashion students with their abstract design module, showing them how to use different techniques and CAD tools. As the fashion design students have our priorities, such as

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Aluminium Tectonics- Joints and Fixings

During our tour around the Ash and Lacy site we were given the opportunity to take part in the fabrication process of a panel, which allowed us to understand the folding, drilling and riveting process. We inherited these processes incorporated

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Aluminium Tectonics- Joints and Fixings

During our tour around the Ash and Lacy site we were given the opportunity to take part in the fabrication process of a panel, which allowed us to understand the folding, drilling and riveting process. We inherited these processes incorporated