Photos from Kathrine Dunham Museum event

Photos from House of Miles events

Photos from Carlos Zamora’s Talk

photos from Accumulus

Clay Workshop Photos

Workshop 1: July 11, 2015                                     Workshop 2: July 18, 2015                                                       […]

Building=Energy exhibition photos

Rocio Romero event photos

Shrinking Cities – International Perspectives and Policy Implications

The shrinking city phenomenon is a multidimensional process that affects cities, parts of cities or metropolitan areas around the world that have experienced dramatic decline in their economic and social bases. Shrinkage is not a new phenomenon in the study of cities. However, shrinking cities lack the precision of systemic analysis where other factors now at work are analyzed: the new economy, globalization, aging population (a new population transition) and other factors related to the search for quality of life or a safer environment. This volume places shrinking cities in a global perspective, setting the context for in-depth case studies of cities within Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia, Germany, France, Great Britain, South Korea, Australia, and the USA, which consider specific economic, social, environmental, cultural and land-use issues.

St. Louis Fringe Festival

The Midnight Company will present Daniel MacIvor’s HOUSE at The St. Louis Fringe Festival, which will run June 17-27. There will be six performances of the show which will be performed by Joe Hanrahan and directed by Sarah Whitney

When : Thursday June 18 at 7:30 pm; Friday June 19 at 9pm; Saturday June 20 at 7:30pm; Thursday June 25 at 7:30pm; Friday June 26 at 10:30pm; and Saturday June 27 at 6pm

Where: CEL 3307 Washington Ave

TEDxGatewayArch City2.1, Jasmin ABER

TEDxGatewayArch City2.1, Jasmin ABER

Jasmin Aber – Executive Director CEL, presents her research and ideas about urban renewal through the creative process.

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Dinner DESIGNed for Convivial Cross-Pollination at CEL – Creative Exchange Lab – a hub for DESIGN

3307 Washington Saint Louis Missouri 63103 Thursday 13 March 6pm cocktails 7 – 8 pm dinner buffet with community design guru Mark Abbott and a diverse mix of St Louisans with heads full of great ideas – including you. $25 per person donation to CEL chip in on line at or call 314-401-9797 Dinner […]

Context/Contrast Part 2: Forum Studio

Lecture: Amos Harris, Developer;?

Bob Neely, AIA LEED AP BD+C and

Chris Cedergreen, President / Senior Principal

Exhibition and Lecture by Forum Studio Rejuvenating the urban fabric – Designing 600 Washington and the Mercantile Exchange

Opening reception: Friday, March 28 6:00pm to 8:30pm Exhibition runs from March 28 to June 7

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Context Contrast

New Architecture in Historic Districts 1967-2009

Presented by CEL + AIA NY

Exhibition starts on September 12, 2013

Exhibition ends on March 29, 2014

Context/Contrast asks how the universal charge of ensuring “appropriate” new architecture in historic districts has allowed neighborhoods to evolve without endangering the essential character that makes them worth protecting.

3301 Washington I Saint Louis I Missouri 63103 (across from Urban Chestnut Brewery)

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BSA 2nd Annual MLK Legacy Walk/Rally

Come join us for a review of Progress and a Major Announcement!

Saturday, February 22nd from 5-8pm

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STL Design Week: SPOKE Architectural Bike Tour


Chen Po-Jung winner of CEL+SPOKE Architectural Photography competition (as part of Design week 2013), was getting his check-award and lunch with star architect Rocio Romero.

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Design as a Social Act: An Oral History Documentary By Susanne Cowan and Ayda Melika

Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:30-8:00pm Creative Exchange Lab (CEL), Grand Center, 3307 Washington Avenue This documentary film shows how the social upheaval and design shifts of the 1960s to 1980s led to the development of social approaches to designing the built environment. The documentary draws on ten oral history interviews with designers and researchers of […]

Context/Contrast: Kiku Obata and Company December 17th

CEL OPENS NEW EXHIBIT ON URBAN REDEVELOPMENT THE REGIONAL ARTS COMMISSION BUILDING BY KIKU OBATA AND COMPANY FEATURED December 11, 2013 St. Louis MO. Creative Exchange Lab/The Center for Architecture and Design Saint Louis (CEL) will open the next exhibition in the new series “CONTEXT\CONTRAST: PART2 ST. LOUIS” at its Locust St. location on December 17, from […]

Cannon Design St. Louis Public Library Extension Dec 5th

Creative Exchange Lab – The Center for Architecture and Design Saint Louis (CEL) in collaboration with Cannon Design Group will explore the renovation of St. Louis’ Central Library through an exhibition at  CEL’s Locust Street location in Downtown St. Louis beginning December 5. The exhibition will open with lectures by Lynn Grossman, AIA – Project Architect and Designer […]

Empowerment by Design November 26th

St. Louis, MO November 26, 2013 To design is to solve problems, and it is by nature multi-disciplinary. By definition design is an activity of ideation, creativity, planning, and production that shapes the quality of our living environment, and in so doing promoting economic development. “Empowerment by Design” is a CELab initiative that was started in 2008 […]

Workshop Series: Urban Planning and Policy Making

Collaborative Techniques for Urban Planning and Policy Making with Dr. Susanne Cowan

9am-1pm Oct 26, Nov 9, Dec 14 (2nd Saturdays)

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Part 1: Facilitating Collaborative Decision Making

Part 2: Techniques for Interest Based Negotiation

Part 3: Applying Collaborative Techniques to Urban Problem Solving

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Context/Contrast Part 2: St. Louis

New Exhibition Series Explores 20 Years of the Built Environment Culture in St. Louis

Principals of Axi:Ome llc featured in first exhibition.

St. Louis, MO, November 10, 2013 The Creative Exchange Lab /Center for Architecture and Design Saint Louis (CEL) will open the first exhibition in the new series “CONTEXT\CONTRAST: ST. LOUIS” at its Washington Avenue location on November 22, from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m.

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Symbolic: March of ’63 – 50 Years Later

2nd Annual MLK Legacy Walk/Rally presented by Beloved Streets of America Saturday, August 24th, 2013 Rock Road Metrolink Station (corner of MLK Blvd. & Hamilton) Registration: 10am Walk: 11am Event: 12pm – 1:30pm   

CEL + The Beloved Street of America

The Beloved Streets of America organization, in collaboration with Creative Exchange Lab, would like to invite you to an event on: Monday April 29th from 5:30-7:30pm  Address:  2720 N. 14th St., St louis, Mo. (14th and St. Louis Avenue across from Crown Candy). Light hors d’oeuvres and music will be provided along with a short program and presentation […]

Bridging The Gap

Join us at the exhibition featuring the work of members of Alpha Rho Chi in our downtown exhibition space! The exhibit highlights the connection between various art forms, conveying the incredible ways in which architecture and art can benefit each other when engaged in a symbiotic relationship. Friday, March 22. 6-9 pm. 635 Locust St.