The Workshops

Charrettes are like a dance they need to be choreographed. Within the choreography for any dance, there is much room for chance and a diversity of individual approaches. But choreography is the necessary armature that prevents diversity from degenerating into chaos it stops a dance from devolving into staggers and stumbles. The first measures of this choreography in our practice are the pre-charrette workshops, defined here as long, mul-tiparticipant meetings with some product outcome, such as...

Preface

Fly over any North American metropolitan region and look out the window. Two different cities lie below. The city built before 1950 is instantly recognizable. It's where the streets are in some form of grid or interconnected web, and where commercial buildings line the main arterial streets the Broadways, the High Streets, and the Main Streets of towns. The size of the urban blocks (a block being any piece of land completely surrounded by streets) is almost universally about 4 acres of land in...

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Visioning charrettes should have both design professionals and nonprofessional stakeholders at the table however, when constituting visioning charrette teams, we believe that it is acceptable for design professionals (often supported by design students and aides) to constitute the majority of the participants and to play a leadership role. This is because visioning charrettes should produce beautiful and compelling drawings of a sustainable future drawings that are complete enough to explain...

Charrette Theory for People in a Hurry

Sustainability An Imprecise but Useful Concept The word sustainability brings essential social, ecological, and economic objectives together into one imperative. In the real world, the social, ecological, and economic realms interact with one another in complex and unpredictable ways. The charrette method can accept this multitude of often conflicting objectives without becoming paralyzed by complexity. Sustainability, as a term, defies precise definition it is open-ended. Similarly important...

The Nine Rules for a Good Charrette

Design Charrette Examples

The nine rules below form the substantive core of this book. If you remember nothing else, remember these rules. They are easy to understand and easy to remember, yet they represent the collective wisdom and experience of hundreds of individuals who have worked with us over the decades, all struggling hard to come up with a new paradigm for making community planning and design decisions. The nine rules are listed below, followed by a more lengthy discussion of the rationale behind each of them....

Two Kinds of Charrettes

In the simplest terms, charrettes are of two kinds visioning charrettes and implementation charrettes. Visioning charrettes produce illustrations of what it would look like if a district, city, or region were built sustainably. Implementation charrettes produce implementable plans for an area subject to regulatory change. There are blended versions of the two, of course, and we leave it to the reader to imagine these intermediate possibilities. We organize both kinds of charrettes. They require...

After the Charrette

A charrette is only as good as what happens after it's over. All too often charrettes conclude with no clear plans as to how to transform the design ideas generated into the policies necessary to implement them. Even visioning charrettes deserve a clear strategy for dissemination if any features of the vision generated are to be realized. Thus the plan for the charrette should include post-charrette activities. For implementation charrettes, additional mini-charrette sessions with the design...

Public Transit

One or two light rail stops on King George Highway are anticipated. The exact locations of these stops have yet to be determined and should be suggested. Frequent bus connections from King George Highway to Surrey City Centre and the Sky Train station are presently available. (2.S00 sq. mtr.) per 1,000 population. (3,900 sq. mtr.) per 1,000 population. 750 sq. ft. or 70 sq. mtr. (3 spaces) per I 000 sq. ft. retail. On street and off street parking. LIGHT JNDUSTRIAL OFFICE Light Industrial...