Creative Exchange Lab Hosts Rick Bell of AIA New York, Buildings=Energy Exhibition

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Forty percent of all energy used in the U.S. is consumed by buildings. Lighting, heating, cooling – all take energy, lots of it. Energy goes into building the raw materials for buildings as well. This is why some see addressing how buildings use energy and how the amount they use can be manipulated. Enter the Creative Exchange Lab (CEL) and Rick Bell of the Center for Architecture/AIA New York.

Bell will be the guest speaker for the opening of the Buildings=Energy Exhibit presented by CEL. The exhibit of photography, video, architectural drawings and panel displays asks: What is the embodied energy cost of building materials? How do decisions made across a building's lifespan affect its energy consumption? and more. Check out the details below and plan to attend the Friday evening opening and then return to spend more time to consider the exhibit.

In his time working with the AIA New York, Bell had witnessed the birth and incredible growth of the physical space occuppied by the Center for Architecture. Spread over 15,000 square feet of first floor, basement and subbasement, the center is expansing again. Center for Architecture are sprouting in several cities across the country and provide a physical space to host exhibitions, programs and special events ultimately aimed at improving the quality and sustainability of the built environment. The New York Times recently covered the New York center and its planned expansion.

Buildings = Energy: Creative Exchange Lab, May 11 – August 19, 2012

Center for Architecture, Design & InnovationSTL, is a nonprofit organization (501c3) that promotes architecture, design, art, andtechnology. With an emphasis on public interest projects, CEL promotes diversity andgreen enterprises, while also supporting creative endeavors that empower our members,educate the public, and aid in community and economic development.For more information, visit the creativeexchangelab.com.