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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INTERIM REVIEW

We presented our current design proposal in its early stages of development to the client and tutors. The presentation explored in-depth site analysis and the key stages of our development exploring research into materials and timber frame construction and low

INTERIM REVIEW

We presented our current design proposal in its early stages of development to the client and tutors. The presentation explored in-depth site analysis and the key stages of our development exploring research into materials and timber frame construction and low

SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS

During this session, we have focused our research on sustainable materials which we could be used to create a low impact development consisting of several houses. One of the main objectives is to find a light-coloured palette to create a

SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS

During this session, we have focused our research on sustainable materials which we could be used to create a low impact development consisting of several houses. One of the main objectives is to find a light-coloured palette to create a

ECOLOGICAL BUILDING SYSTEMS

Ecological Buildings Systems building products and membranes During the session each group presented their research into their topics of self-build, timber frame and low impact design. This gave the whole group a good understanding of what each other was researching.

ECOLOGICAL BUILDING SYSTEMS

Ecological Buildings Systems building products and membranes During the session each group presented their research into their topics of self-build, timber frame and low impact design. This gave the whole group a good understanding of what each other was researching.

STUDYING LOW IMPACT DESIGN

Last week the whole group was divided up into three sections: Self Build, Timber Frame and Low Impact Design. This week within our group: Low Impact Design, we began discussing the many elements that make up Low Impact Design. Once

STUDYING LOW IMPACT DESIGN

Last week the whole group was divided up into three sections: Self Build, Timber Frame and Low Impact Design. This week within our group: Low Impact Design, we began discussing the many elements that make up Low Impact Design. Once

VISIT TO GRAVEN HILL

We visited Gravel Hill in Bicester to see the largest self and custom build housing developments in the UK. Cherwell District Council bought a large parcel of a brownfield land (approx. 185 ha) in 2014 previously used as a former

VISIT TO GRAVEN HILL

We visited Gravel Hill in Bicester to see the largest self and custom build housing developments in the UK. Cherwell District Council bought a large parcel of a brownfield land (approx. 185 ha) in 2014 previously used as a former

VISIT TO PROJECT SITE

During the talks with the Cherwell District Council, we were given a brief to design three affordable housing units that are self-build and meet Passivhaus standards. This was shortly followed by a site visit to the proposed project site located

VISIT TO PROJECT SITE

During the talks with the Cherwell District Council, we were given a brief to design three affordable housing units that are self-build and meet Passivhaus standards. This was shortly followed by a site visit to the proposed project site located

BUILD! INITIATIVE

We started the project visiting Cherwell District Council in North Oxfordshire who presented several talks introducing the Build! Initiative, setting the background to the area’s housing situation and describing the challenges faced on self-build projects they have managed so far.

BUILD! INITIATIVE

We started the project visiting Cherwell District Council in North Oxfordshire who presented several talks introducing the Build! Initiative, setting the background to the area’s housing situation and describing the challenges faced on self-build projects they have managed so far.

Elective Projects for 2018-19

  A new year is upon us. And with it comes an exciting new range of projects our students will be working on. Staff and students will be updating progress on each of these here on the blog. Here is

Elective Projects for 2018-19

  A new year is upon us. And with it comes an exciting new range of projects our students will be working on. Staff and students will be updating progress on each of these here on the blog. Here is

KEELEY TRAVEL: Vol.1 Publications

What if Birmingham were Venice? The over saturated postcards from the Kesterton Collection illustrates the city in a dramatic scene. What students have produced in the first iteration are just as bewildering, insightful but also considerate to Chelmsley Wood today’s

KEELEY TRAVEL: Vol.1 Publications

What if Birmingham were Venice? The over saturated postcards from the Kesterton Collection illustrates the city in a dramatic scene. What students have produced in the first iteration are just as bewildering, insightful but also considerate to Chelmsley Wood today’s

PROJECT PROFILE: Expanded City

COLLABORATORS: RIBA WM, Argent, Scan The World STUDENT GROUP: MArch Architecture LOCATION: K4, Fazeley Street PROJECT TYPE: transdisciplinary practice, exhibition Urban planning should leave room for the incongruous, the vulgar, or the strange. – Jane Jacobs in The Exploding Metropolis, 1958

PROJECT PROFILE: Expanded City

COLLABORATORS: RIBA WM, Argent, Scan The World STUDENT GROUP: MArch Architecture LOCATION: K4, Fazeley Street PROJECT TYPE: transdisciplinary practice, exhibition Urban planning should leave room for the incongruous, the vulgar, or the strange. – Jane Jacobs in The Exploding Metropolis, 1958

PROJECT PROFILE: Production Make Do

COLLABORATORS: Eastside Projects, Ash & Lacy Building Systems, Peter Nencini STUDENT GROUP: March Architecture LOCATION: Digbeth, Birmingham PROJECT TYPE: transdisciplinary practice, prototyping Students studies CAD/CAM techniques from industry manufacturing of aluminium cladding systems and use this as a basis to

PROJECT PROFILE: Production Make Do

COLLABORATORS: Eastside Projects, Ash & Lacy Building Systems, Peter Nencini STUDENT GROUP: March Architecture LOCATION: Digbeth, Birmingham PROJECT TYPE: transdisciplinary practice, prototyping Students studies CAD/CAM techniques from industry manufacturing of aluminium cladding systems and use this as a basis to

PROJECT PROFILE: Free City Guide

COLLABORATORS: Keeley Travel STUDENT GROUPS: BA (Hons) Architecture, MArch Architecture, BA (Hons) English PROJECT TYPE: Transdisciplinary practice, creative writing. Free City explores the overlooked city spaces remaining at the edges of our consciousness both as city dwellers and designers. They

PROJECT PROFILE: Free City Guide

COLLABORATORS: Keeley Travel STUDENT GROUPS: BA (Hons) Architecture, MArch Architecture, BA (Hons) English PROJECT TYPE: Transdisciplinary practice, creative writing. Free City explores the overlooked city spaces remaining at the edges of our consciousness both as city dwellers and designers. They

Documentary of the Brick Project

There are many opportunities for cross-over in the number of departments at the Faculty of Arts, Design & Media – where Co.LAB sits in. Media students recently completed an assignment to document different activities occurring in the faculty. One of

Documentary of the Brick Project

There are many opportunities for cross-over in the number of departments at the Faculty of Arts, Design & Media – where Co.LAB sits in. Media students recently completed an assignment to document different activities occurring in the faculty. One of

PROJECT PROFILE: Antigone

COLLABORATOR: The Young REP LOCATION: Jewellery Qtr, Birmingham STUDENTS: BA (Hons) Architecture, BA (Hons) Interior, MArch PROJECT TYPE: Event, set design, multi-media work The Young REP is Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s youth theatre company, working with young people across Birmingham and the West

PROJECT PROFILE: Antigone

COLLABORATOR: The Young REP LOCATION: Jewellery Qtr, Birmingham STUDENTS: BA (Hons) Architecture, BA (Hons) Interior, MArch PROJECT TYPE: Event, set design, multi-media work The Young REP is Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s youth theatre company, working with young people across Birmingham and the West