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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Co.Lab Zero Carbon – Carbon Negative Retrofit

Over the course of this module we have learnt the basic principles of zero carbon design and used IES Virtual Environment software, to simulate the retrofitting of a terraced Victorian house model. We successfully achieved a retrofit of -98kg C02

Co.Lab Zero Carbon – Carbon Negative Retrofit

Over the course of this module we have learnt the basic principles of zero carbon design and used IES Virtual Environment software, to simulate the retrofitting of a terraced Victorian house model. We successfully achieved a retrofit of -98kg C02

Free City-Poetry & Architecture

Differents methods have been used to explore the canal, photos, videos, sketches and now sections. The sections permit to clearly see the space around, the space is not distorted by any perspectives and help us to be more precise about

Free City-Poetry & Architecture

Differents methods have been used to explore the canal, photos, videos, sketches and now sections. The sections permit to clearly see the space around, the space is not distorted by any perspectives and help us to be more precise about

Where will the Architecture profession be in 2025?

After discussing with the different disciplines of CORDE, what they felt were the advantages and disadvantages of working as a multi-disciplinary team. It was clear to me that the architect felt that they took on a lot more responsibility in

Where will the Architecture profession be in 2025?

After discussing with the different disciplines of CORDE, what they felt were the advantages and disadvantages of working as a multi-disciplinary team. It was clear to me that the architect felt that they took on a lot more responsibility in

Discipline Interviews

It was first important to understand what each discipline felt it was like to work for CORDE, to understand the benefits and disadvantages that come from working as a multi-disciplinary team. Each discipline had the following to say: “We are

Discipline Interviews

It was first important to understand what each discipline felt it was like to work for CORDE, to understand the benefits and disadvantages that come from working as a multi-disciplinary team. Each discipline had the following to say: “We are

Knowledge Exchange @ Make Architects

Great meeting with John Prevc from Make Architects; his knowledge on co-operatives was invaluable. Some great ideas to put forward to my practice as part of my Knowledge Exchange project.  SH

Knowledge Exchange @ Make Architects

Great meeting with John Prevc from Make Architects; his knowledge on co-operatives was invaluable. Some great ideas to put forward to my practice as part of my Knowledge Exchange project.  SH

Design Development

This post will demonstrate the development stages that lead to our first brick prototypes presented at the formative review.   Our brief challenges us to work in teams to develop a new brick shape which will fit the Ibstock Brick Limited

Design Development

This post will demonstrate the development stages that lead to our first brick prototypes presented at the formative review.   Our brief challenges us to work in teams to develop a new brick shape which will fit the Ibstock Brick Limited

Mini Museums: Design Process

To help with our designs we had set up an interview with Andy Fowles, the curator of the Mini Museum Story. We had prepared a series of questions to ask and chosen a suitable location at the Birmingham Museum and Art

Mini Museums: Design Process

To help with our designs we had set up an interview with Andy Fowles, the curator of the Mini Museum Story. We had prepared a series of questions to ask and chosen a suitable location at the Birmingham Museum and Art

Mini Museum: Room Analysis

We started off the project by picking our story. We had chosen Mini Museum as our group found it more interesting and challenging to design for children. After visiting the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery we then analysed our chosen room for the story. Looking

Mini Museum: Room Analysis

We started off the project by picking our story. We had chosen Mini Museum as our group found it more interesting and challenging to design for children. After visiting the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery we then analysed our chosen room for the story. Looking