CEL’s Public Interest Community Design Projects

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 […]

Laumeier Hunt+Gather Proposal Project

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Proposal for the Laumeier Sculpture Park Hunt and Gather project

St. Louis Follies Ideas competition

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The St. Louis Follies Competition was conceived by Jasmin Aber as an outgrowth of the Market Street Charrette, an intensive, weekend-long design session sponsored last October by the St. Louis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Aber organized the follies competition with Heather Woofter and Sung Ho Kim — both assistant professors of architecture as well as principals of the firm Axi:Ome llc. All three served on the competition jury, which Aber chaired. Other jurors included Eric Mumford, Ph.D., associate professor of architecture and Director of the Urban Design Program; Adam Whiton of MIT’s Media Lab; Carl Ray Miller, associate professor at the Art Institute of Chicago; and Kevin McGowan of McGowan/Walsh Urban Developers.

For more information visit http://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/8640.aspx or www.stlfollies.com.

Cotton Belt Mississippi Mondo Intervention

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link to the press release   Cotton Belt Mississippi Mondo Intervention was conceived by Jasmin Aber in 2012. After sharing the concept and the project proposal with the owners and making sure they are on board, she submitted the proposal in Dec. 2012 the proposal was one of the top three most voted and winning projects […]

Build Your City in Clay – A Summer Youth Workshop

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CEL is excited to host a summer youth clay workshop titled:

Build Your City in Clay – handbuilding with clay

When: first workshop starts on July 11
Location: CEL Center for Architecture + Design StL

For more info. and/or registration: email: ja@creativeexchangelab.com or by calling: 314 256 9317

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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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Summer Architecture & Design Film Series


JUNE 28th – AUGUST 2nd Thursdays 7:30pm + Sun. July 29th 7:3-pm635 Locust St, St. Louis, MO 63102 DESIGN FILM SERIES   The Creative Exchange Lab is hosting a five-pronged Design Film Series addressing [1] Ecology, [2] Urbanism, [3] Fashion, [4] Architecture and [5] Design. These themes represent the interdisciplinary nature of the Creative Exchange […]

Buildings = Energy Exhibition


Scientists tell us that climate change is very real, man-made and linked to our built environment.  City living may be a sustainable approach, but our cities are already feeling the effects of global warming. This change is caused by the emission of greenhouse gases, or “carbon emissions,” into the atmosphere. One of the primary sources […]

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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Ferguson Better Block Project Pop-Up Series


CEL Architecture & Design Center has organized a series of one day pop-up exhibitions during Ferguson’s Better Block Project in the city’s historic downtown district. Seven Artists—JE Baker, Lauren Cardenas, Megan Collins, Brett Kreher, Robert Long, Marie Bannerot McInerney, and Emily Squires—have shown an array of work (including drawings, paintings, sculpture, and mixed media) in […]