The Design Charrette

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The Design Charrette: Ways to Envision Sustainable Futures, 2014, pp. 15 - 34
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The term ‘charrette’ is originally from France. At the end of the nineteenth century the Architectural Faculty of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts issued problems that were so difficult few students could successfully complete them in the time allowed. As the deadline approached, a pushcart (or charrette in French) was wheeled past students’ work-spaces in order to collect their final drawings for jury critiques while students frantically put finishing touches on their work. To miss ‘the charrette’ meant an automatic grade of zero. In this chapter the design charrette is defined and the key characteristics and benefits are elaborated. Further, the diversity of design charrettes is explored and the key dimensions of charrettes are defined. Finally, a proposal for framing design charrettes is launched.
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