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One other "open" process in planning and community development is the urban design charrette. A charrette is an intense, multi-disciplinary, week-long design workshop that has several feedback loops of input from stakeholders and the wider community. Here are some key features (from the NCI website):

Work collaboratively - Working collaboratively helps to create a long-lived plan based on each individualıs unique contributions.

Design cross-functionally - Multi-disciplinary teams work concurrently to build a feasible solution to community development problems from the onset of the Charrette. Design illustrates the complexity of the problem and can be used to resolve conflict by proposing previously unexplored solutions that represent win/win outcomes

Compress work sessions - Time compression facilitates creative problem-solving by accelerating decision-making and reducing unconstructive negotiation tactics.

Communicate in short feedback loops - Regular stakeholder reviews quickly build trust in the process and foster true understanding and support of the product.

Study the details and the whole - Lasting agreement is based on a fully informed dialog.

Use design to achieve a shared vision and create holistic solutions - Design illustrates the complexity of the problem and can be used to resolve conflict by proposing previously unexplored solutions that represent win/win outcomes.

Include a Charrette that lasts at least 4 to 7 consecutive days - Four days are required to accommodate three feedback loops, scheduled at least a day apart. Three loops are the minimum required to facilitate a change in participantsı perceptions and positions.

Hold the Charrette on site - Working on site fosters participantsı understanding of local values and traditions and provides easy access to stakeholders and information. There is no substitute for sustained personal contact with stakeholders.

Produce a buildable plan - The success of a communityıs work to plan and build together depends on implementation tools such as codes and regulating plans. Plans that sit on the shelf contribute only to citizen apathy. When the goal of a project is a buildable plan from the beginning, it encourages the involvement of those important to implementation.

For more information about charrettes, see these websites:

If you have specific questions, I might be able to answer them. --Jennifer Hurley

Hurley~Franks and Associates, Planning & Urban Design Philadelphia, PA 19102

P: 215-988-9440

Association for the New Urbanism in PennsylvaniA? (ANUPA) - http://www.anupa.org

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