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The Big Review

The Big Review was the closing event for Futuremakers, a ‘private view’ of sorts, but one that occurs at the end of the exhibition rather than its opening. Its guests were younger than normally expected too – staring from 4

The Big Review

The Big Review was the closing event for Futuremakers, a ‘private view’ of sorts, but one that occurs at the end of the exhibition rather than its opening. Its guests were younger than normally expected too – staring from 4

New Curiosities Box Radio Show

Futuremakers is now over. It has been a great experience and have generated lots of new ideas and made several new links for the future. As a point of reflection,  here is a radio show I was featured in talking

New Curiosities Box Radio Show

Futuremakers is now over. It has been a great experience and have generated lots of new ideas and made several new links for the future. As a point of reflection,  here is a radio show I was featured in talking

Centrala across the media

Featured image source: @modern_clay In 2015, we designed Centrala,  opening in the Minerva Works complex as one of many new independent arts organisations popping up in the Digbeth Area. Its diverse programme of performance, visual arts and music events brought

Centrala across the media

Featured image source: @modern_clay In 2015, we designed Centrala,  opening in the Minerva Works complex as one of many new independent arts organisations popping up in the Digbeth Area. Its diverse programme of performance, visual arts and music events brought

Graphic Motif

‘Activities linked to construction are recorded in… techniques and materials, where the choice of materials is essential. It may be material in its natural state… but also that of recovered industrial material, reused, reworked, or used in an “inappropriate’ fashion, not in the way intended by industry.’ 

Graphic Motif

‘Activities linked to construction are recorded in… techniques and materials, where the choice of materials is essential. It may be material in its natural state… but also that of recovered industrial material, reused, reworked, or used in an “inappropriate’ fashion, not in the way intended by industry.’ 

The Exhibition Wall

The Exhibition Wall @ Futuremakers showcases a number of historical and contemporary examples of play as a process of design or building. Located in the Arena Gallery at mac, it is divided into three sections – each displaying the following artist

The Exhibition Wall

The Exhibition Wall @ Futuremakers showcases a number of historical and contemporary examples of play as a process of design or building. Located in the Arena Gallery at mac, it is divided into three sections – each displaying the following artist

A history of creative playgroups

“Play, I think, is related to creativity – the opposite to a heavy theoretical approach to things. Otherwise people are so keen to define their position and exclude others. It doesn’t work for me…. It started with play. Through play,

A history of creative playgroups

“Play, I think, is related to creativity – the opposite to a heavy theoretical approach to things. Otherwise people are so keen to define their position and exclude others. It doesn’t work for me…. It started with play. Through play,

Announcing the full team

We can now announce more information for the Futuremakers project, with the full team, participants and residency details. Futuremakers is an exhibition and participatory programme over the summer of 2017. Three makers-in-residence will occupy the Arena Gallery for six weeks

Announcing the full team

We can now announce more information for the Futuremakers project, with the full team, participants and residency details. Futuremakers is an exhibition and participatory programme over the summer of 2017. Three makers-in-residence will occupy the Arena Gallery for six weeks

!!! 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,

AWARD WINNERS!!!

We are please to announce that the Knowledge Hub project has won the practice award at the National Urban Design Awards 2017, organised by the Urban Design Group. This is Co.LAB’s first official award and incredibly proud of the achievement. The

AWARD WINNERS!!!

We are please to announce that the Knowledge Hub project has won the practice award at the National Urban Design Awards 2017, organised by the Urban Design Group. This is Co.LAB’s first official award and incredibly proud of the achievement. The

Downtown is for People

Modern Gazetteer, Co.LAB’s resident explorer is presenting Downtown is for People – an exhibition of their most recent investigation into the disappearing modernism of our city. Private View and opening party with visuals and music by C100, today, Friday 3rd

Downtown is for People

Modern Gazetteer, Co.LAB’s resident explorer is presenting Downtown is for People – an exhibition of their most recent investigation into the disappearing modernism of our city. Private View and opening party with visuals and music by C100, today, Friday 3rd

Elective Projects 2017

  A new year, a new set of ‘electives’. Possibly our most diverse and largest group yet. Including the part time groups that started in October 2016, this academic year sees Co.LAB undertake 12 projects with: 15 academic staff, 185

Elective Projects 2017

  A new year, a new set of ‘electives’. Possibly our most diverse and largest group yet. Including the part time groups that started in October 2016, this academic year sees Co.LAB undertake 12 projects with: 15 academic staff, 185

image credit: Birmingham City University On December 14th, our work on the Knowledge Hub urban strategy played a key part in the Curzon Symposium, hosted by Birmingham City Council. A video, commissioned by BCU, was presented to the delegates at

image credit: Birmingham City University On December 14th, our work on the Knowledge Hub urban strategy played a key part in the Curzon Symposium, hosted by Birmingham City Council. A video, commissioned by BCU, was presented to the delegates at

47 Times: Chapter Structure

We can reveal a bit more information today on our book 47 Times Together as we have been able to make (slow) progress on editing the content. The objective of the book still remains undefined, and will probably remain so

47 Times: Chapter Structure

We can reveal a bit more information today on our book 47 Times Together as we have been able to make (slow) progress on editing the content. The objective of the book still remains undefined, and will probably remain so

Make Do Facade: Display Iteration 1

We have now completed the first iteration for the display system. After a (virtual) discussion between artist, engineer (students) and gallery, the main points of discussion are: To play with the contrast between the fragility/lightness of aluminium and the heavier gauge

Make Do Facade: Display Iteration 1

We have now completed the first iteration for the display system. After a (virtual) discussion between artist, engineer (students) and gallery, the main points of discussion are: To play with the contrast between the fragility/lightness of aluminium and the heavier gauge