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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Brick Group B – Week 1

Date: 12/01/2018 The Brick Project – Group B INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH The common materials used for masonry construction is brick, as it is generally a highly durable form of construction.  Traditionally, the term brick referred to ‘a unit composed of clay, but

Brick Group B – Week 1

Date: 12/01/2018 The Brick Project – Group B INDIVIDUAL RESEARCH The common materials used for masonry construction is brick, as it is generally a highly durable form of construction.  Traditionally, the term brick referred to ‘a unit composed of clay, but

Brick Group B – Week 2

Date: 15/01/2018 The Brick Project – Group B During this group session we reflected on our assigned individual research that was undertaken from our last meet on 12/01/2017 (See previous individual posts). We planned and assessed the time scale of

Brick Group B – Week 2

Date: 15/01/2018 The Brick Project – Group B During this group session we reflected on our assigned individual research that was undertaken from our last meet on 12/01/2017 (See previous individual posts). We planned and assessed the time scale of

The Brick Project 2017-2018

Project Partner: Ibstock Brick Limited Synopsis: The Brick Project enables groups of students to study the real life manufacture of clay products. Special shaped bricks, such as Ibstock’s Umbra Sawtooth shown here, offer designers the opportunity to explore relief in

The Brick Project 2017-2018

Project Partner: Ibstock Brick Limited Synopsis: The Brick Project enables groups of students to study the real life manufacture of clay products. Special shaped bricks, such as Ibstock’s Umbra Sawtooth shown here, offer designers the opportunity to explore relief in

Furniture Making….

image source: steamhouse_uk instagram Check out STEAMhouse_UK instagram and twitter account as the interior fit out develops. Including this post of our tessellated furniture design all lovingly CNC’d in-house at Parkside.

Furniture Making….

image source: steamhouse_uk instagram Check out STEAMhouse_UK instagram and twitter account as the interior fit out develops. Including this post of our tessellated furniture design all lovingly CNC’d in-house at Parkside.

Co.LAB Electives 2017-18

The new year brings a new set of projects for our students to collaborate on. We also welcome additions to the project from the disciplines of product design and interior design. Here is a full list for 2017-18. Grade Separation

Co.LAB Electives 2017-18

The new year brings a new set of projects for our students to collaborate on. We also welcome additions to the project from the disciplines of product design and interior design. Here is a full list for 2017-18. Grade Separation

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Towards completion

Since the launch Birmingham Production Space plan (BPS) in 2015, the team has continued to develop its proposal through various activities in order to achieve our ultimate goal of setting up a significant piece of cultural infrastructure in the city.

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Towards completion

Since the launch Birmingham Production Space plan (BPS) in 2015, the team has continued to develop its proposal through various activities in order to achieve our ultimate goal of setting up a significant piece of cultural infrastructure in the city.

Critical Pedagogies- Week 1

The first session in Critical pedagogies course was more about the project brief and the theories we are going to stand up for in our research project. We are a group of students who are having a common purpose in finding solutions for

Critical Pedagogies- Week 1

The first session in Critical pedagogies course was more about the project brief and the theories we are going to stand up for in our research project. We are a group of students who are having a common purpose in finding solutions for

Capture – Process – Produce

Above is a screenshot of the selection of images I took of a corner of the William Mitchell sculptures under Hockley Flyover (right hand side of screen). The 3D model you see (left hand side of screen) is the object

Capture – Process – Produce

Above is a screenshot of the selection of images I took of a corner of the William Mitchell sculptures under Hockley Flyover (right hand side of screen). The 3D model you see (left hand side of screen) is the object

Capture-Process-Produce

To explore the production techniques which could be used to archive the sculpture and represent its features on a smaller scale, the process below explains how the 3D model generated from photographs could be used to duplicate elements of the

Capture-Process-Produce

To explore the production techniques which could be used to archive the sculpture and represent its features on a smaller scale, the process below explains how the 3D model generated from photographs could be used to duplicate elements of the