Meaningful Public Involvement:Charrettes for Community ChangeWali Memon
The Charrette Process:    A better way to design community plans                   Urban Design Associates2   Wali Memon
Public involvement is a great American    tradition3    Wali Memon    The Boston Tea Party     Courtesy National Archives,...
The New England Town Meeting                                                     Famously portrayed by Norman             ...
People are getting involved in    response to growth issues                               In many communities there is an ...
Limited opportunities to participate    People are increasingly dissatisfied with their options to participate in    decis...
People respond with petitions and protest© Pacific Monograph
How can we make it easier to build better           communities?           Good community involvement processes, such as C...
The Charrette turns planning    into a community building event                 Dover Kohl9   Wali Memon
What is an authentic Charrette?     The Charrette is a collaborative     planning process that harnesses     the talents a...
What is an authentic Charrette?     An authentic Charrette is:               At least 4 consecutive days               An ...
Misconceptions about the Charrette     Process     An authentic Charrette is not:               A one-day workshop        ...
Origin of the term “Charrette”The French word "Charrette" means "cart"and is used to describe the final intense workeffort...
What can a Charrette do?  Charrettes result in feasible plans for:        Revitalization areas, such as Main Streets      ...
The Charrette supports community             LCA Town Planners                                 The Charrette makes communi...
The Charrette creates a     town meeting atmosphere                                      The whole community is involved i...
The Charrette provides manyopportunities for participation                             In a Charrette, everyone interested...
Why do Charrettes work?       The Charrette brings decision makers       together in one place for a concentrated       ef...
Why do Charrettes work?The Charrette involves everyone in a facilitatedprocess so everyone is heard and no onedominates.  ...
Why do Charrettes work?                     Participants work in a series of short feedback loops                         ...
A Sample Charrette         Urban Design Associates        LCA Town Planners     Dover Kohl21   Wali Memon                 ...
The Charrette is the center of a larger     process        Careful preparation and follow-through is essential to a succes...
Pre-Charrette: Getting Charrette-Ready     The Preparation Phase        Project Set-up and Organization               shar...
During the Charrette:     Charrette Roles and Process     The Charrette Design Team        The Charrette Design Team works...
During the Charrette:         Charrette Roles and Process     Stakeholders     The stakeholders provide vision, input and ...
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Charrettes for community change

  1. 1. Meaningful Public Involvement:Charrettes for Community ChangeWali Memon
  2. 2. The Charrette Process: A better way to design community plans Urban Design Associates2 Wali Memon
  3. 3. Public involvement is a great American tradition3 Wali Memon The Boston Tea Party Courtesy National Archives, photo no. 26-G-3422
  4. 4. The New England Town Meeting Famously portrayed by Norman Rockwell, a tradition of people working together to solve problems to improve their communities © Norman Rockwell Estate Licensing Company
  5. 5. People are getting involved in response to growth issues In many communities there is an atmosphere of distrust for planning and development projects Dover Kohl5 Wali Memon
  6. 6. Limited opportunities to participate People are increasingly dissatisfied with their options to participate in decisions that affect their communities Typical involvement options: - 3 minutes in a public hearing - An endless series of workshops6 Wali Memon
  7. 7. People respond with petitions and protest© Pacific Monograph
  8. 8. How can we make it easier to build better communities? Good community involvement processes, such as Charrettes, help get visions built. 8 Wali Memon LCA Town Planners LCA Town PlannersFairview Village, Oregon Original Charrette Rendering Fairview Village as built
  9. 9. The Charrette turns planning into a community building event Dover Kohl9 Wali Memon
  10. 10. What is an authentic Charrette? The Charrette is a collaborative planning process that harnesses the talents and energies of all interested parties to create and support a buildable Smart Growth plan.10 Wali Memon Roger K. Lewis
  11. 11. What is an authentic Charrette? An authentic Charrette is: At least 4 consecutive days An open process that includes all interested parties A collaborative process involving all disciplines in a series of short feedback loops A process that produces a buildable plan A generalist, holistic approach11 Wali Memon
  12. 12. Misconceptions about the Charrette Process An authentic Charrette is not: A one-day workshop A multi-day marathon involving everyone all the time A plan authored by a select few that will affect many A “visioning session” that produces non-specific results12 Wali Memon
  13. 13. Origin of the term “Charrette”The French word "Charrette" means "cart"and is used to describe the final intense workeffort expended by art and architecturestudents to meet a project deadline.At the École des Beaux Arts in Paris duringthe 19th century, proctors circulated withcarts to collect final drawings while thestudents frantically put finishing touches ontheir work.13 Wali Memon
  14. 14. What can a Charrette do? Charrettes result in feasible plans for: Revitalization areas, such as Main Streets New development plans New annexations Community-wide visions Comprehensive plans14 Wali MemonPhoto Transformation: Urban Advantage
  15. 15. The Charrette supports community LCA Town Planners The Charrette makes community planning a combination of a town meeting and a barn raising Steve Heckeroth
  16. 16. The Charrette creates a town meeting atmosphere The whole community is involved in a fun, engaging design workshop that spans many days – a town meeting atmosphere16 Wali Memon LCA Town Planners Dover Kohl
  17. 17. The Charrette provides manyopportunities for participation In a Charrette, everyone interested helps out in a team effort that taps their unique contribution LCA Town Planners Professionals provide design and strategic input Citizens provide local information, feedback, and critique
  18. 18. Why do Charrettes work? The Charrette brings decision makers together in one place for a concentrated effort to create a detailed, feasible plan.18 Wali Memon LCA Town Planners Dover Kohl
  19. 19. Why do Charrettes work?The Charrette involves everyone in a facilitatedprocess so everyone is heard and no onedominates. Urban Design Associates LCA Town Planners 19 Wali Memon
  20. 20. Why do Charrettes work? Participants work in a series of short feedback loops public reviewconcepts alternatives refinement plan 20 Wali Memon public review public review
  21. 21. A Sample Charrette Urban Design Associates LCA Town Planners Dover Kohl21 Wali Memon Dover Kohl LCA Town Planners
  22. 22. The Charrette is the center of a larger process Careful preparation and follow-through is essential to a successful Charrette22 Wali Memon
  23. 23. Pre-Charrette: Getting Charrette-Ready The Preparation Phase Project Set-up and Organization shared team understanding Stakeholder Involvement establishing trust getting all the right people there Base Information getting all the right information there Feasibility Studies working toward a buildable plan Logistics maximizing resources23 Wali Memon
  24. 24. During the Charrette: Charrette Roles and Process The Charrette Design Team The Charrette Design Team works uninterrupted to produce the plan24 Wali Memon LCA Town Planners LCA Town Planners
  25. 25. During the Charrette: Charrette Roles and Process Stakeholders The stakeholders provide vision, input and review at key moments Urban Design Dover Kohl LCA Town Planners Associates 25 Wali MemonStakeholder Meeting Public Meetings Gallery

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