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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Creating a Culture of Production

We were invited to contribute to Arup’s pop-up studio as part of Birmingham Design Festival and Birmingham Chamber of Commerce’s Future programme. Building on the long terms strategies and impact of STEAMhouse and Knowledge Hub projects, Co.LAB has been developing

Creating a Culture of Production

We were invited to contribute to Arup’s pop-up studio as part of Birmingham Design Festival and Birmingham Chamber of Commerce’s Future programme. Building on the long terms strategies and impact of STEAMhouse and Knowledge Hub projects, Co.LAB has been developing

Student Questionnaire Feedback

In order to gain an understanding of the success of the mentoring on students work we asked them to reflect on the mentoring process. We were particularly interested in asking questions which would allow them to reflect on their own

Student Questionnaire Feedback

In order to gain an understanding of the success of the mentoring on students work we asked them to reflect on the mentoring process. We were particularly interested in asking questions which would allow them to reflect on their own

Critical Appraisal

How can we improve out teaching approach when instructing pupils? Towards the end of our time at the school, we were a lot more confident and comfortable in the school setting and interacting with both staff and students, than we

Critical Appraisal

How can we improve out teaching approach when instructing pupils? Towards the end of our time at the school, we were a lot more confident and comfortable in the school setting and interacting with both staff and students, than we

Session 5: Desktop Crits

Desktop Crits From the feedback received from the students  the key suggestion they made for a way for us to help them was to review their work in a more formal manner.  We therefore acknowledged this feedback and suggested to

Session 5: Desktop Crits

Desktop Crits From the feedback received from the students  the key suggestion they made for a way for us to help them was to review their work in a more formal manner.  We therefore acknowledged this feedback and suggested to

Session 5: Assistance With Model Making

Model Development The A level module the students undertake is heavily based around a final model. This gave us the perfect opportunity to guide and help them with their models.  From many years of model making were able to show

Session 5: Assistance With Model Making

Model Development The A level module the students undertake is heavily based around a final model. This gave us the perfect opportunity to guide and help them with their models.  From many years of model making were able to show

Session 4 – Portfolio Breakdown and General Architecture Advice

This week Year 11 students interested in Architecture also joined the group of Sixth Form Students We prepared ahead of time a list of resources for prospective University Students. This included a breakdown of an admission portfolio with an assessment

Session 4 – Portfolio Breakdown and General Architecture Advice

This week Year 11 students interested in Architecture also joined the group of Sixth Form Students We prepared ahead of time a list of resources for prospective University Students. This included a breakdown of an admission portfolio with an assessment

Session 3: Photoshop and Sketchup Tutorials

  Before the session a tutorial of basic Sketchup views was set up, and Photoshop rendering of building views. This presentation was designed to be followed by the students with their own projects. Taking a key sketchup view exporting this

Session 3: Photoshop and Sketchup Tutorials

  Before the session a tutorial of basic Sketchup views was set up, and Photoshop rendering of building views. This presentation was designed to be followed by the students with their own projects. Taking a key sketchup view exporting this

Session 2 – Site Analysis

In the third week we introduced the student to site analysis methods, in particular representational techniques for data and observations. Focusing first on Constraints and Opportunities plans, we showed the students some examples, we then engaged in a discussion in

Session 2 – Site Analysis

In the third week we introduced the student to site analysis methods, in particular representational techniques for data and observations. Focusing first on Constraints and Opportunities plans, we showed the students some examples, we then engaged in a discussion in

Session 1: Model Making Tutorial

The Year 13 students required extra tutorials on how to incorporate more material skills into their model making. They had currently got the majority of their 3D models finished however were missing intricate details to complete models. Yr 13 Model

Session 1: Model Making Tutorial

The Year 13 students required extra tutorials on how to incorporate more material skills into their model making. They had currently got the majority of their 3D models finished however were missing intricate details to complete models. Yr 13 Model

Introduction: Our Journey Into Architecture

For the first session we felt it would be helpful to introduce ourselves and discuss where we started from and how we started our journey into architecture. As we all started from different backgrounds it was important to show the

Introduction: Our Journey Into Architecture

For the first session we felt it would be helpful to introduce ourselves and discuss where we started from and how we started our journey into architecture. As we all started from different backgrounds it was important to show the

Theoretical Framework: The Flipped Classroom

The concept for the flipped classroom came from teachers who were frustrated with students unable to translate concepts and contents from lectures into their own independent study when completing homework. This concept takes the traditional form of classroom lesson where

Theoretical Framework: The Flipped Classroom

The concept for the flipped classroom came from teachers who were frustrated with students unable to translate concepts and contents from lectures into their own independent study when completing homework. This concept takes the traditional form of classroom lesson where

Theoretical Framework: A Constructive Conversation

  Featured in the book Radical Pedagogies, “A Constructive Conversation is a set of email correspondence, between two postgraduate students, and their head of school. Within the Postgraduates state their thoughts on their experiences reviewing the undergraduate projects, stating: “Postgraduates

Theoretical Framework: A Constructive Conversation

  Featured in the book Radical Pedagogies, “A Constructive Conversation is a set of email correspondence, between two postgraduate students, and their head of school. Within the Postgraduates state their thoughts on their experiences reviewing the undergraduate projects, stating: “Postgraduates

STRUCTURAL MODEL ASSEMBLING

Coming towards the end of the project, we started to think of making the structural model on a scale of 1:20, once we knew the final design we were going for. The design group gave us their final draft and

STRUCTURAL MODEL ASSEMBLING

Coming towards the end of the project, we started to think of making the structural model on a scale of 1:20, once we knew the final design we were going for. The design group gave us their final draft and

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