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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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Project Launches for 2016-17

It has been a while since our last post on the blog. It seems like all of our posts start with that phrase but this time it really has – almost a year. We’ve had a bit of a refresh

Project Launches for 2016-17

It has been a while since our last post on the blog. It seems like all of our posts start with that phrase but this time it really has – almost a year. We’ve had a bit of a refresh

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Final Proposal: Italian Quarter Memorial

TITLE: Memorial for the Curzon Italian Quarter LOCATION: Eastside, Birmingham COLLABORATORS: Friends of Eastside Community Park PROJECT TYPE: Community Participation, Design Feasibility This commission developed a design proposal for a permanent memorial located in Eastside Park in commemoration for the

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Final Proposal: Italian Quarter Memorial

TITLE: Memorial for the Curzon Italian Quarter LOCATION: Eastside, Birmingham COLLABORATORS: Friends of Eastside Community Park PROJECT TYPE: Community Participation, Design Feasibility This commission developed a design proposal for a permanent memorial located in Eastside Park in commemoration for the

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PROJECT PROFILE: Digital Fashion

TITLE: Digital Fashion STUDENTS: BA (Hons) Architecture, BA (Hons) Fashion Design PROJECT TYPE: Design Exploration This elective saw architecture students experimenting with their skills applied to a different scale of output and creative process. Students worked with BA (Hons) Fashion Design on

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PROJECT PROFILE: Digital Fashion

TITLE: Digital Fashion STUDENTS: BA (Hons) Architecture, BA (Hons) Fashion Design PROJECT TYPE: Design Exploration This elective saw architecture students experimenting with their skills applied to a different scale of output and creative process. Students worked with BA (Hons) Fashion Design on

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PROJECT PROFILE: Interpreting PACA

TITLE: Modern Gazetteer – Interpreting the Public Arts Commissions Agency Archive LOCATION: Birmingham City Centre COLLABORATORS: BA (Hons) Art & Design, BCU Art and Design Archive, Eastside Projects, Birmingham Civic Society PROJECT TYPE: Research & Investigation In the spirit of the Gazetteer, projects are responsive

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PROJECT PROFILE: Interpreting PACA

TITLE: Modern Gazetteer – Interpreting the Public Arts Commissions Agency Archive LOCATION: Birmingham City Centre COLLABORATORS: BA (Hons) Art & Design, BCU Art and Design Archive, Eastside Projects, Birmingham Civic Society PROJECT TYPE: Research & Investigation In the spirit of the Gazetteer, projects are responsive

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PROJECT PAGE: Minerva Works

  TITLE: Minerva Works Creative Economy LOCATION: Warwick Barr COLLABORATORS: MAAP, ISIS Waterside Regeneration PROJECT TYPE: Strategic Design The area of Digbeth, just adjacent to the east of Birmingham City Centre, is a post-industrial Landscape with a unique mix of

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PROJECT PAGE: Minerva Works

  TITLE: Minerva Works Creative Economy LOCATION: Warwick Barr COLLABORATORS: MAAP, ISIS Waterside Regeneration PROJECT TYPE: Strategic Design The area of Digbeth, just adjacent to the east of Birmingham City Centre, is a post-industrial Landscape with a unique mix of

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

Poster based on competition drawings for Parc de la Villette

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

Poster based on competition drawings for Parc de la Villette

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