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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!!! FUTUREMAKERS !!!

We are really excited to announce detail of our next major project…. In what is possibly our most complex collaborative project to date, we aim to inspire the next generation of designers and makers through the acts of Play, Make,

!!! FUTUREMAKERS !!!

We are really excited to announce detail of our next major project…. In what is possibly our most complex collaborative project to date, we aim to inspire the next generation of designers and makers through the acts of Play, Make,

‘The King and I’ – Derrick Horta

An opportunity arose to exhibit a new piece of work which aligned with our project brief at an exhibition entitle ‘The King and I’ which was a series ‘of artists responses to the current presence in Leeds of Nicholas Monro’s

‘The King and I’ – Derrick Horta

An opportunity arose to exhibit a new piece of work which aligned with our project brief at an exhibition entitle ‘The King and I’ which was a series ‘of artists responses to the current presence in Leeds of Nicholas Monro’s

Transit Spaces | Grand Central Station

An investigation into spaces for waiting and the opportunities that the station offers to develop it. A film made by Juliana Lalaj, Jeyani James and Asose Salih Link below:

Transit Spaces | Grand Central Station

An investigation into spaces for waiting and the opportunities that the station offers to develop it. A film made by Juliana Lalaj, Jeyani James and Asose Salih Link below:

Digital Production – Digbeth FF

The link below is to the video showcased at Digbeth FF event on Saturday 4th February – Friday 17th February Oliver Pickering

Digital Production – Digbeth FF

The link below is to the video showcased at Digbeth FF event on Saturday 4th February – Friday 17th February Oliver Pickering

Canal Companion

Our guide to the canal aimed to express the theme of Duality that had been the focus of our poetry and film collaboration. ‘A Companion for the Canal’ is a guide to the canal using visual and poetic explorations we

Canal Companion

Our guide to the canal aimed to express the theme of Duality that had been the focus of our poetry and film collaboration. ‘A Companion for the Canal’ is a guide to the canal using visual and poetic explorations we

No Copyright Infringement Intended

No Copyright Infringement Intended is a group exhibition exploring the relationship between copyright and culture in the digital age, investigating how the concept of ownership and authorship is evolving and coming into conflict with outdated copyright and intellectual property laws. Since the

No Copyright Infringement Intended

No Copyright Infringement Intended is a group exhibition exploring the relationship between copyright and culture in the digital age, investigating how the concept of ownership and authorship is evolving and coming into conflict with outdated copyright and intellectual property laws. Since the

Block design

Onto the design. Our research identified the importance of local builders and building techniques in remote community, which led us to design with concrete, masonry and timber as primary materials as all are common building materials in the villages. We

Block design

Onto the design. Our research identified the importance of local builders and building techniques in remote community, which led us to design with concrete, masonry and timber as primary materials as all are common building materials in the villages. We

‘Should we recognize an object’s own rights?’ – SAM JACOB

In the text titled ‘Should we recognize an object’s own rights?’ which was prepared for an exhibition in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum and La Biennale di Venezia (A World of Fragile Parts), Sam Jacob explores forms of

‘Should we recognize an object’s own rights?’ – SAM JACOB

In the text titled ‘Should we recognize an object’s own rights?’ which was prepared for an exhibition in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum and La Biennale di Venezia (A World of Fragile Parts), Sam Jacob explores forms of

The City Walk

Originally posted on the Modern Gazetteer blog, found at (http://moderngazetteer.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/city-walk-23.html)   At the City Walk on Sunday 23rd October 2016, we were discussing iconic modernism buildings in Birmingham, such as Alpha Tower and the New Street Signal Box. We divided

The City Walk

Originally posted on the Modern Gazetteer blog, found at (http://moderngazetteer.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/city-walk-23.html)   At the City Walk on Sunday 23rd October 2016, we were discussing iconic modernism buildings in Birmingham, such as Alpha Tower and the New Street Signal Box. We divided

Physical Modelling Techniques

Originally posted on (http://moderngazetteer.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/rachel-11.html) Following our first meeting when we discussed exploring Birmingham through physical casting, specifically using foam, I began to research various modelling techniques. I came across an article, which demonstrated the range of finishes you can achieve with foam; it

Physical Modelling Techniques

Originally posted on (http://moderngazetteer.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/rachel-11.html) Following our first meeting when we discussed exploring Birmingham through physical casting, specifically using foam, I began to research various modelling techniques. I came across an article, which demonstrated the range of finishes you can achieve with foam; it