Tip of the Month: Pre-charrette education

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.

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.

Holding an educational event a month or two before the charrette can help reduce the time spent providing people with the technical information essential to a fully informed discussion. Otherwise people may arrive at the charrette set in a position based on their understanding of a limited number of design possibilities, such as a recent poorly designed housing development.

Educational workshops or lectures allow the time for participants to gain a more holistic understanding of the issues, expand their range of perceived outcomes and possibly change their position. Other pre-charrette educational events include bus tours and neighborhood walks.

For more, see The Charrette Handbook pp. 49-51.


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