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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Glossary: CIAM

CIAM CIAM (Congrese Internationaux d’Architecture Moderne), founded in 1928 and disbanded in 1958, was an organisation responsible of a series of congresses in the first half of the 20th century where the principles of the modern movement were settled. They

Glossary: CIAM

CIAM CIAM (Congrese Internationaux d’Architecture Moderne), founded in 1928 and disbanded in 1958, was an organisation responsible of a series of congresses in the first half of the 20th century where the principles of the modern movement were settled. They

Glossary: Prefabrication

PREFABRICATION Prefabrication is the attempt of modern architecture technology to increase building productivity. The term includes a set of processes and materials, and many variations of the idea and its realization. It consists in a large number of parts previously

Glossary: Prefabrication

PREFABRICATION Prefabrication is the attempt of modern architecture technology to increase building productivity. The term includes a set of processes and materials, and many variations of the idea and its realization. It consists in a large number of parts previously

Glossary: Bauhaus

BAUHAUS The Bauhaus was a school of design, architecture and craftsmanship founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar, in 1919. The ideas of the Bauhaus generated a profound influence throughout the world.   The main purpose of the teaching was to

Glossary: Bauhaus

BAUHAUS The Bauhaus was a school of design, architecture and craftsmanship founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar, in 1919. The ideas of the Bauhaus generated a profound influence throughout the world.   The main purpose of the teaching was to

BHX MOD SOC MAP_Alpha Tower

Alpha Tower by H. George Marsh Source: https://www.mimoa.eu/projects/United%20Kingdom/Birmingham/Alpha%20Tower Construction of two significant modernist buildings in Birmingham, Alpha Tower by H. George Marsh and Birmingham Central Library by John Madin. Both recognised as buildings of a high quality and architectural significance. In 2002 Alpha Tower failed to

BHX MOD SOC MAP_Alpha Tower

Alpha Tower by H. George Marsh Source: https://www.mimoa.eu/projects/United%20Kingdom/Birmingham/Alpha%20Tower Construction of two significant modernist buildings in Birmingham, Alpha Tower by H. George Marsh and Birmingham Central Library by John Madin. Both recognised as buildings of a high quality and architectural significance. In 2002 Alpha Tower failed to

BHX MOD SOC MAP_ Photography: Simon Kennedy

This London-based architectural photographer manages to catch a lot of light for a place that has a notorious reputation for being grey (very much like Birmingham). His photographs of buildings at twilight are particularly beautiful. Heygate Abstacted: “Simon Kennedy’s photographs

BHX MOD SOC MAP_ Photography: Simon Kennedy

This London-based architectural photographer manages to catch a lot of light for a place that has a notorious reputation for being grey (very much like Birmingham). His photographs of buildings at twilight are particularly beautiful. Heygate Abstacted: “Simon Kennedy’s photographs

BHX MOD SOC MAP_ Glossary : USA

USA: While the most theatrical Brutalist buildings remain in the former USSR, there are plenty more of these controversial concrete complexes around the world, including the United States of America. The image above shows St. Joseph Medical Centre in Washington. This building

BHX MOD SOC MAP_ Glossary : USA

USA: While the most theatrical Brutalist buildings remain in the former USSR, there are plenty more of these controversial concrete complexes around the world, including the United States of America. The image above shows St. Joseph Medical Centre in Washington. This building

BHX MOD SOC MAP_ Glossary : Glass

Glass: Towards the middle of the 19th century, the glass industry entered a period of intensive development; the end of the century saw the introduction of the first mechanised processes for making glass, backed by a systematic investigation of the

BHX MOD SOC MAP_ Glossary : Glass

Glass: Towards the middle of the 19th century, the glass industry entered a period of intensive development; the end of the century saw the introduction of the first mechanised processes for making glass, backed by a systematic investigation of the

BHX MOD SOC MAP_ Glossary : Steel

Steel: The modern movement, in the period after the First World War, took the steel frame for granted, as an indispensable instrument for achieving freedom and rationality in  design. The outburst of building activity after the Second World War helped

BHX MOD SOC MAP_ Glossary : Steel

Steel: The modern movement, in the period after the First World War, took the steel frame for granted, as an indispensable instrument for achieving freedom and rationality in  design. The outburst of building activity after the Second World War helped

[EDIT/or] Research for interviews

As part of the publication of the Architecture Festival City conference a journal is to be produced alongside a book and website. This journal will intra-disciplinary and document some of the papers presented as well as new works created out

[EDIT/or] Research for interviews

As part of the publication of the Architecture Festival City conference a journal is to be produced alongside a book and website. This journal will intra-disciplinary and document some of the papers presented as well as new works created out

week 2

On week two we walked around Birmingham and discovered new and interesting places. We started with digbeth walked through the city centre and the canal and we finished the journey at the mailbox. Even though the group was mainly formed

week 2

On week two we walked around Birmingham and discovered new and interesting places. We started with digbeth walked through the city centre and the canal and we finished the journey at the mailbox. Even though the group was mainly formed