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Exhibit puts building blocks in young minds, hands
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Is there a future architect in your home looking to follow in the footsteps of Frank Lloyd Wright, Thomas Jefferson, Frank Gehry, I.M. Pei or Zaha Hadid?

The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center presents “Young Architects: Designing the Future,” an exhibit designed by the Children’s Museum of Cleveland and sponsored by the GEHC Foundation.

The exhibit highlights famous architects as inspiration and offers various block-building media for hands-on interactive learning experiences for children and adults.

The exhibit is on display through Jan. 19.

“Young Architects” is divided into three main areas — live, work and play — with each area highlighting one or more renowned architects accompanied by photographs of their iconic buildings. As children observe the various structures, they will be challenged to contemplate its design, use and materials used in construction.

Hundreds of building blocks — wooden, plastic, foam, and more in a huge variety of colors, shapes and sizes — inspire visitors to either replicate designs or create their own.

GEHC will also display various buildings in the Atlanta area designed out of LEGOs, including a LEGO replica of the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center.

“As guests prepare to enter the exhibit, the GEHC staff thought it would be fun to let visitors see a different perspective on design creativity,” said Jason West, director of programming and development. “The GEHC replica is amazing in its detail and contains more than 13,000 LEGO bricks.

“This exhibit is a great opportunity to expose young children to building properties, building media, and a possible career path for later in life.”

Admission to the traveling exhibit and LEGO display is included in the price of admission, with members admitted free.

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