Published on July 12, 2012
There was a much informative discussion this week on the topic of advisory committees, or working groups as they are sometimes called, at the NCI Charrette System™ training at the Michigan State University Extension in Lansing.
Published on June 14, 2012
We had a real charrette moment at our public NCI Charrette System Certificate training in DC last week. At around 2 PM on the first day of the training we were asked to evacuate the building.
Published on January 18, 2012
The recent New York Times opinion piece, "The Rise of the New Groupthink," poses a challenge to the rising trend of increased collaboration in business and schools.
Published on August 24, 2010
How can you reduce the learning curve for charrette participants? If you have a complex issue like affordable housing or sustainable street design you may not want to wait until the charrette to start the discussion.
Published on September 16, 2009
It may seem basic, but the most important thing to tell a community the first time you meet them is that you haven’t started the design yet.
Published on May 14, 2008
We live in an age of multi-tasking. As I write this piece I am distracted by the multiple windows open on my computer.
Published on January 27, 2008
Charrettes can be used for any scale of planning or design project. They have been used for projects ranging from regional planning to building design.
Published on March 3, 2007
A NCI charrette is designed to protect the project sponsor’s position, whether the sponsor is a developer or public agency, by guarding against commandeering of the project by any one person or group.
Published on November 3, 2006
Successful project implementation requires the understanding and support of those who must implement the charrette plan.
Published on June 3, 2006
It is important that a skilled facilitator lead meetings with all of the tools and techniques to handle difficult meetings at his or her disposal. The first task for a facilitator is to gain agreements on the meeting “set-ups.”
Published on April 3, 2006
The following piece of charrette history was excerpted from the National Charrette Institute’s publication, The Charrette Handbook.