community development design

STL LIVE interview on CEL and Our Town project

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Check out the internew by Raynah Rey about “Our town” project in East St. Louis.

STL LIVE – CEL Center for Architecture + Design STL
HOST: Raynah Rey
SHOW DATE: August 15, 2016

Guest: Jasmin Aber/ Executive Director, Creative Exchange Lab
Guest: Joanna Dee Das, PhD/Katherine Dunham Expert

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An Art and Cultural Corridor /District for East St. Louis

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‘National Endowment for The Arts’ (NEA) announces on 20th July, 2015: Creative Exchange Lab (CEL) to receive a ‘National Endowment for The Arts’ award titled ‘Our Town’ for it’s proposal to develop a revitalization plan with the residents of one East St. Louis neighborhood that will use culture and the arts as an economic and […]

HSSU Masterplan


CEL is collaborating with Harris-Stowe State University on their masterplan project Some of the outcomes we hope to see are the followings: Neighborhood outcomes: a neighborhood that is financially stable a diverse community (mixed-income/financial diversity, demographic, gender, ethnicity, race) productively engaged citizenry a community that is integrated into the region/connectivity aesthetic neighborhood (nice appearance) a […]

Youth in the City Podcast / Sweet Potato Youth

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Interview 2. Real Talk with ‘Sweet Potato Youth’ as they ‘Re-think’,’Re-envision’, how we moth ‘Re-design’ parts of their City!

Production team since 2012: Neighborhood Youth, Jasmin Aber, Sam House, Reuben Gill, Loren Davis-Stroud Mr. Aaron Gardener, since 2013 Rouella Raouf, Sylvester Brown

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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 […]

Great River Greenway project /bench project


The CEL team has led an initiative to place handmade metal benches and trash cans in the Great River Greenways Porter Park. The effort by led by our architect graduate Gina Gage. The benches were manufactured by young talent from Team 4 Neighborhood, mentored by local creative professionals.

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