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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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Co.Lab Transit Spaces

For interim review all the groups had to present a video summary of their research, recordings and findings about New Street station as a waiting space. Our group was interested in how does appearance of waiting spaces affect the waiting

Co.Lab Transit Spaces

For interim review all the groups had to present a video summary of their research, recordings and findings about New Street station as a waiting space. Our group was interested in how does appearance of waiting spaces affect the waiting

Questionnaire Results

We devised a questionnaire based on other studies into waiting areas as well as the results of our initial observation of the space. We received feedback from 20 respondents; we also video recorded interviews with 3 people. The findings are

Questionnaire Results

We devised a questionnaire based on other studies into waiting areas as well as the results of our initial observation of the space. We received feedback from 20 respondents; we also video recorded interviews with 3 people. The findings are

Movement and Sitting Analysis

In week three we carried out a more detailed site analysis using film, photographs and sound recordings to gain more in-depth information on the experience of using the waiting/transit space. The diagram shows the flow of movement between entrance and

Movement and Sitting Analysis

In week three we carried out a more detailed site analysis using film, photographs and sound recordings to gain more in-depth information on the experience of using the waiting/transit space. The diagram shows the flow of movement between entrance and

Transit Spaces

In week two we undertook a site visit to investigate the existing layout of the ground floor waiting areas at Grand Central Station New Street Birmingham. This was based on information from previous studies into waiting/transit spaces by Hirsch and

Transit Spaces

In week two we undertook a site visit to investigate the existing layout of the ground floor waiting areas at Grand Central Station New Street Birmingham. This was based on information from previous studies into waiting/transit spaces by Hirsch and

The Free City Beast @ The BOM

Today in the morning we headed off to the Birmingham Open Media gallery. It was challenging on many levels but we’ve managed! The draft Free City Beast film, explores temporal conditions from the perspective of the canal (or beast as

The Free City Beast @ The BOM

Today in the morning we headed off to the Birmingham Open Media gallery. It was challenging on many levels but we’ve managed! The draft Free City Beast film, explores temporal conditions from the perspective of the canal (or beast as

First Visit

For some of us it was first time they’ve been to a canal. We’ve taken some photos and explored the surroundings. The place definitely has a different spirit to it. Even located in the heart of the city, it feels

First Visit

For some of us it was first time they’ve been to a canal. We’ve taken some photos and explored the surroundings. The place definitely has a different spirit to it. Even located in the heart of the city, it feels

Knowledge Exchange -An Evaluation of an Paul Robinson Partnership Against the RIBA Benchmark by Damion Allport MArch pt 2

As part of the Co.Lab workshop Knowledge Exchange the concept was to look into relating the project to the company that I work for Paul Robinson Partnership and originally the idea was to look at the marketing of the company

Knowledge Exchange -An Evaluation of an Paul Robinson Partnership Against the RIBA Benchmark by Damion Allport MArch pt 2

As part of the Co.Lab workshop Knowledge Exchange the concept was to look into relating the project to the company that I work for Paul Robinson Partnership and originally the idea was to look at the marketing of the company

Passiv Primary Care

The Passivhaus standard for building low energy buildings is growing in popularity across the world. When compared to a typical new development, built to UK regulatory standards, Passivhaus demands superior insulation and air tightness, coupled with a mechanical ventilation system,

Passiv Primary Care

The Passivhaus standard for building low energy buildings is growing in popularity across the world. When compared to a typical new development, built to UK regulatory standards, Passivhaus demands superior insulation and air tightness, coupled with a mechanical ventilation system,

Wayfinding | Barbican Centre

  A good example of clear and concise directions in the Barbican Centre. The consistency of signage is clear, with signs starting on the exterior of the building.

Wayfinding | Barbican Centre

  A good example of clear and concise directions in the Barbican Centre. The consistency of signage is clear, with signs starting on the exterior of the building.

Good | bad aspects of transit spaces

There are so many things going on such a new station as Grand Central. One of the things that grabbed our attention was the way the people use to stand all over the space, with no order, distracting the movement of

Good | bad aspects of transit spaces

There are so many things going on such a new station as Grand Central. One of the things that grabbed our attention was the way the people use to stand all over the space, with no order, distracting the movement of