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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DISCIPLINARITIES

Alexander Refsum Jensenius helpfully defines the connected discplinary actions as differing levels of knowledge integration and synthesis of approaches – with trans being a “unity beyond the disciplinary perspective.”  Intradisciplinary: working within a single discipline. Crossdisciplinary: viewing one discipline from the

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DISCIPLINARITIES

Alexander Refsum Jensenius helpfully defines the connected discplinary actions as differing levels of knowledge integration and synthesis of approaches – with trans being a “unity beyond the disciplinary perspective.”  Intradisciplinary: working within a single discipline. Crossdisciplinary: viewing one discipline from the

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AWARDS & TESTIMONIALS

Awards…. Nominee for Knowledge Exchange Initiative. The Times Higher Education Award, 2019 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.

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AWARDS & TESTIMONIALS

Awards…. Nominee for Knowledge Exchange Initiative. The Times Higher Education Award, 2019 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.

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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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PROJECT PORTFOLIO ARCHIVE

Co.LAB works across cultural institutions, arts organisations, the public sector, community groups, corporate enterprises and product/manufacturing industry. Do date we have undertaken over 100 projects across student live-projects electives, design research studies and consultancy. Over the years, as our project

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PROJECT PORTFOLIO ARCHIVE

Co.LAB works across cultural institutions, arts organisations, the public sector, community groups, corporate enterprises and product/manufacturing industry. Do date we have undertaken over 100 projects across student live-projects electives, design research studies and consultancy. Over the years, as our project

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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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STUDIO SPACE + WORKSHOPS

‘The museum and gallery on the one hand and the studio on the other are linked to form the foundation of the same edifice and the same system’ – Daniel Buren. Our organisation is located within the Birmingham School of

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STUDIO SPACE + WORKSHOPS

‘The museum and gallery on the one hand and the studio on the other are linked to form the foundation of the same edifice and the same system’ – Daniel Buren. Our organisation is located within the Birmingham School of

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SPACES FOR THE CITY

Creative spaces are a necessity for the culture of a city. Co.LAB has completed designs for a number of spaces to support different communities in their work: CENTRALA GALLERY Organisation: Polish Expats Association Location: Digbeth, Birmingham Function: Cafe, bookshop, gallery, office

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SPACES FOR THE CITY

Creative spaces are a necessity for the culture of a city. Co.LAB has completed designs for a number of spaces to support different communities in their work: CENTRALA GALLERY Organisation: Polish Expats Association Location: Digbeth, Birmingham Function: Cafe, bookshop, gallery, office

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RESEARCH

Whilst Co.LAB delivers projects as part of the BSoAD’s curriculum, we consider more than just designing temporary structures. Much of our work has an element of research intent supporting it – and we are able to utilise being embedded in

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RESEARCH

Whilst Co.LAB delivers projects as part of the BSoAD’s curriculum, we consider more than just designing temporary structures. Much of our work has an element of research intent supporting it – and we are able to utilise being embedded in

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PROJECT PROFILE: STEAMhouse

Organisation: Birmingham City University / STEAMhouse / Eastside Projects Location: Digbeth, Birmingham Function: Production workshops, event space, co-working, offices, creative project space Floor Area: 1650m2 STEAMhouse is an innovation centre with a production space for artists, designers and SMEs to

PROJECT PROFILE: STEAMhouse

Organisation: Birmingham City University / STEAMhouse / Eastside Projects Location: Digbeth, Birmingham Function: Production workshops, event space, co-working, offices, creative project space Floor Area: 1650m2 STEAMhouse is an innovation centre with a production space for artists, designers and SMEs to

Dual Works Storefront

DUAL WORKS STORE + WORKSHOP Organisation: Dual Works Location: Jewellery Quarter Function: Showroom, workshop Floor Area: 120m2 Dual Works is a design studio and makers workshop in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. They produce a number of home products

Dual Works Storefront

DUAL WORKS STORE + WORKSHOP Organisation: Dual Works Location: Jewellery Quarter Function: Showroom, workshop Floor Area: 120m2 Dual Works is a design studio and makers workshop in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. They produce a number of home products

Birmingham Open Media 2.0

Organisation: Birmingham Open Media Location: Southside, Birmingham Function: Gallery, co-working, event space, cafe Floor Area: 510m2 Since opening in 2014, BOM has developed an international reputation of distinctive place for art, science and technology. They increased their portfolio to support

Birmingham Open Media 2.0

Organisation: Birmingham Open Media Location: Southside, Birmingham Function: Gallery, co-working, event space, cafe Floor Area: 510m2 Since opening in 2014, BOM has developed an international reputation of distinctive place for art, science and technology. They increased their portfolio to support

Future Workplace: Joseph Joseph

COLLABORATOR: Joseph Joseph STUDENT GROUPS: BA (Hons) Architecture, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture, MArch Architecture PROJECT TYPE: design feasibility, work space ‘Imagine a workplace that monitors your blood sugar levels and heart rate for signs of hunger and exhaustion, a space

Future Workplace: Joseph Joseph

COLLABORATOR: Joseph Joseph STUDENT GROUPS: BA (Hons) Architecture, BA (Hons) Interior Architecture, MArch Architecture PROJECT TYPE: design feasibility, work space ‘Imagine a workplace that monitors your blood sugar levels and heart rate for signs of hunger and exhaustion, a space

Connected Chelmsley (Landscape, Topology & Topography) | Mapping Layer Studies

Following the Key Terms mapping we them looked at mapping the layers of information in Chelmsley Wood.It was from our learning from the key terms task that would inform the direction of the mapping layers, with the following maps looking

Connected Chelmsley (Landscape, Topology & Topography) | Mapping Layer Studies

Following the Key Terms mapping we them looked at mapping the layers of information in Chelmsley Wood.It was from our learning from the key terms task that would inform the direction of the mapping layers, with the following maps looking

Ascension fabric in installation

Following the interim reviews, we split into four different groups to prepare elements for the Parkside shell installation. I along with two others worked on preparing the fabric element of the experience. In preparation for the installation we needed to

Ascension fabric in installation

Following the interim reviews, we split into four different groups to prepare elements for the Parkside shell installation. I along with two others worked on preparing the fabric element of the experience. In preparation for the installation we needed to

St Edmunds Mentoring: Last Meeting regarding submission

Final week: 05/04/2020 Before the final submission, myself and the group used this last chance to analyse what improvements could be made on the portfolio with any additional sources that were missing. This web call via Microsoft teams was very

St Edmunds Mentoring: Last Meeting regarding submission

Final week: 05/04/2020 Before the final submission, myself and the group used this last chance to analyse what improvements could be made on the portfolio with any additional sources that were missing. This web call via Microsoft teams was very

Abiotic x Biotic Roof Garden

Collaborators: Long See, Naim Choudhury, Yiru Xu, Voon Hui Chau Students From: MA Architecture/ BA Architecture / BA Landscape Architecture Year: 2020 Coordinator: Eccles Ng Project Partner: Marshalls About this project Our Co-lab project is a collaboration with Marshalls company

Abiotic x Biotic Roof Garden

Collaborators: Long See, Naim Choudhury, Yiru Xu, Voon Hui Chau Students From: MA Architecture/ BA Architecture / BA Landscape Architecture Year: 2020 Coordinator: Eccles Ng Project Partner: Marshalls About this project Our Co-lab project is a collaboration with Marshalls company

Autonomy, Complicity, Ascension | Graphics PDF & Final sharing input

After we tested our initial projections in the shell for the testing process during week 7, as the graphics teams we decided to further allocate roles within the group as to who would produce what piece of work for the

Autonomy, Complicity, Ascension | Graphics PDF & Final sharing input

After we tested our initial projections in the shell for the testing process during week 7, as the graphics teams we decided to further allocate roles within the group as to who would produce what piece of work for the

St Edmunds Mentoring School: Home Collaborations

Week Six: 01/04/20 The week leading up to the final submission myself and the group had a Microsoft teams call regarding the feedback we received from Jemma. We all discussed how we would move forward and take all our findings

St Edmunds Mentoring School: Home Collaborations

Week Six: 01/04/20 The week leading up to the final submission myself and the group had a Microsoft teams call regarding the feedback we received from Jemma. We all discussed how we would move forward and take all our findings

Autonomy, Complicity & Ascension | General Design.

After designing the performance in the shell, putting all different ideas from each group together, it was time to colaborate as a big team and translate all those different concepts into one that could fit in the Bramall Music Building’s

Autonomy, Complicity & Ascension | General Design.

After designing the performance in the shell, putting all different ideas from each group together, it was time to colaborate as a big team and translate all those different concepts into one that could fit in the Bramall Music Building’s

Connected Chelmsley (Landscape, Topology & Topography) | Experiential Perspective Studies & Key Terms

The Connected Chelmsley unit group looks at studying the site of Chelmsley Wood, a post-war overspill housing estate to the east of Birmingham and is part of the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull.Chelmsley Wood will be explored through mapping studies to

Connected Chelmsley (Landscape, Topology & Topography) | Experiential Perspective Studies & Key Terms

The Connected Chelmsley unit group looks at studying the site of Chelmsley Wood, a post-war overspill housing estate to the east of Birmingham and is part of the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull.Chelmsley Wood will be explored through mapping studies to

St Edmunds Mentoring: Live Demonstrations

Week Five: 12/03/20 Part 1: Year 9 Talk on UCAS applications and personal journeys During the last week of the Co-lab experience, we had the chance to speak to the younger year group about GCSE options and different options after

St Edmunds Mentoring: Live Demonstrations

Week Five: 12/03/20 Part 1: Year 9 Talk on UCAS applications and personal journeys During the last week of the Co-lab experience, we had the chance to speak to the younger year group about GCSE options and different options after