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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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Augmented reality – A Virtual installation.

The client for the project had stressed concerns with an installation in Fletchers walk, where we had originally intended to suspend 2,000 models from the soffit. Wanting to still have a public facing exhibition in one of the last remnants

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Augmented reality – A Virtual installation.

The client for the project had stressed concerns with an installation in Fletchers walk, where we had originally intended to suspend 2,000 models from the soffit. Wanting to still have a public facing exhibition in one of the last remnants

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Development of the Moulding Process

The original moulding process allowed us to determine whether or not the procedures we were using would be sufficient enough to create a meaningful mould. As a’group’ (Matthew, Rachel) we had come to the conclusion, that the mixing process we were using was

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Development of the Moulding Process

The original moulding process allowed us to determine whether or not the procedures we were using would be sufficient enough to create a meaningful mould. As a’group’ (Matthew, Rachel) we had come to the conclusion, that the mixing process we were using was

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Make Do Facade: Display Iteration 1

We have now completed the first iteration for the display system. After a (virtual) discussion between artist, engineer (students) and gallery, the main points of discussion are: To play with the contrast between the fragility/lightness of aluminium and the heavier gauge

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Make Do Facade: Display Iteration 1

We have now completed the first iteration for the display system. After a (virtual) discussion between artist, engineer (students) and gallery, the main points of discussion are: To play with the contrast between the fragility/lightness of aluminium and the heavier gauge

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Toilet tour

Update on the toilet tour, we made it to the map! http://www.worldtoiletday.info/wtd-events/toilet-tour/ Posters are printed, ready to be mounted and installed, we’re test printing the newspaper tomorrow and finally finished off the spray work on the toilet, all set for

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Toilet tour

Update on the toilet tour, we made it to the map! http://www.worldtoiletday.info/wtd-events/toilet-tour/ Posters are printed, ready to be mounted and installed, we’re test printing the newspaper tomorrow and finally finished off the spray work on the toilet, all set for

Water is a human right

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2016/oct/20/water-human-right-price-united-nations?CMP=share_btn_fb Difficult subject, but surely a basic human right should be free and accessible to all, but who should pay for it? Not sure who should pay for it but think there’s a point in that about private sector involvement;

Water is a human right

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2016/oct/20/water-human-right-price-united-nations?CMP=share_btn_fb Difficult subject, but surely a basic human right should be free and accessible to all, but who should pay for it? Not sure who should pay for it but think there’s a point in that about private sector involvement;

WIP

http://www.worldtoiletday.info http://www.un.org/en/events/toiletday We’ve progressed our initial ideas and developed them into working prototypes for our event on World Toilet day, 19th November. We’ll be hanging posters (static strategy) in the toilets at Parkside for the week leading up to WTD

WIP

http://www.worldtoiletday.info http://www.un.org/en/events/toiletday We’ve progressed our initial ideas and developed them into working prototypes for our event on World Toilet day, 19th November. We’ll be hanging posters (static strategy) in the toilets at Parkside for the week leading up to WTD

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World Toilet day

19th November. Do you know your shit? World toilet day is a worldwide initiative aimed to raise awareness and inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis, every year on the 19th November. We discussed the idea of arranging some

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World Toilet day

19th November. Do you know your shit? World toilet day is a worldwide initiative aimed to raise awareness and inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis, every year on the 19th November. We discussed the idea of arranging some

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Display Prototype

The initial scoping phase has now progressed to the second stage of the Production Show: Prototyping, Discovering, Analysing. The students are developing a display system that acts as a functioning working prototype as well as exhibiting artefacts from the creative

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Display Prototype

The initial scoping phase has now progressed to the second stage of the Production Show: Prototyping, Discovering, Analysing. The students are developing a display system that acts as a functioning working prototype as well as exhibiting artefacts from the creative

Latrine Dream?

2.4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation. 663 million people lack access to safe water. Our Co.Lab intends to explore the conditions of global sanitation and the issues surrounding and contesting it, we’ll be drawing on themes such as

Latrine Dream?

2.4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation. 663 million people lack access to safe water. Our Co.Lab intends to explore the conditions of global sanitation and the issues surrounding and contesting it, we’ll be drawing on themes such as