COPC Conference 1998, East St. louis


What is a charette?

A charette is a practical example of a design process based on the incremental development of a scenario. The term “charette” is derived from the French word “cart”, such as those in which nineteenth-century architecture students carried their designs to a central point for evaluation, often finishing them en route. It is also a technique used by practitioners to involve various individuals and organizations of a community directly in the planning, programming, or design of a project. A community design charette implies a marathon work session that compresses decision making into a few hours or days.

In this session, three interest groups of conference participants competed with each other to solve a real life problem in one of the five Enterprise Communities of the East St. Louis area. Topics included:

Document author(s) : Paul Foppe
Last modified: 17 December 1998, Deanna Koenigs