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 to our students and staff. However, we embrace a devolved studio space, integrating our practice as part of the city we live and work in. This means we are not restricted to a particular office or room but we often meet and produce work where and when is necessary – both on campus and around the city.
Having the freedom to work anywhere encourages students that work on projects to reflect the ‘live’ aspect of our projects; the fact that they are very real and respond directly to places and people. This is important when fostering a design education so not to affirm design is done in isolation – but in collaboration.
One of the facilities we have access to includes our very own digi.lab – a small space in the School of Architecture + Design that is a prototyping and learning resource to experiment with 3D printing and laser cutting equipment – run by student, for students.
The digi.lab includes:
- HPC desktop laser cutter
- CubeX 3D printer
- 3D touch printer
- Makerbots 3D printers
In addition, students have access to general University facilities of wood workshop, metal workshop, reprographics, photography studio, AV and other more specialised equipment. Many of our projects use these facilities to develop the final proposals and we continually look to invest in new software and hardware, made available to students, to keep experimenting with what they can achieve.