First of all you may ask: What is a "Design Charrette"?
Put simply, a Design Charrette or 'charrette' is a meeting or group session where interested parties and accredited professionals can gather to focus on a project or defined set of projects. Origins of the term 'charrette' can be found online from several reliable sources. (Note: Charrette is sometimes spelled 'Charette' or Charrete')
Here are two reference links:
As you can see, the origins of the term 'charrette' go back into ancient history and yet the viability of charrettes used in today's projects cannot be denied. It is a fact that architectural and engineering firms have long utilized Design Charrettes to help describe and define the attributes of a project by forming "Integrated Design Teams". These teams typically consist of a lead architect or engineer, the project owner and others authorized to formulate strategies and guide decisions toward a better final product.
In other words, design charrettes have been utilized successfully for many decades to help create and construct some of the most beautiful and sustainable/green projects in the world including buildings, cities, bridges, homes, lodges, etc. The list could go on forever because the use of charrettes can benefit any project in achieving a better outcome, no matter how big or small.
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Projects and Design Charrettes Currently Underway Shown Below: