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Practical Charrette Implementation. Jim Strozier, AICP Mark Vlasic, PLA, ASLA, AICP Jake Young, APA, ASLA. Charettes: One-Size Doesn’t Fit All. Mark Vlasic AICP, ASLA, PLA, LEED Green Associate Landmark Design SLC UT. Typical Projects where we use Charettes.

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Practical charrette implementation

Practical Charrette Implementation

Jim Strozier, AICP

Mark Vlasic, PLA, ASLA, AICP

Jake Young, APA, ASLA


Charettes one size doesn t fit all

Charettes:One-Size Doesn’t Fit All

Mark Vlasic AICP, ASLA, PLA, LEED Green Associate

Landmark Design

SLC UT


Typical projects where we use charettes

Typical Projects where we use Charettes

  • General Plans & General Plan Updates

  • Park, Recreation & Trail Plans

  • Urban Design Studies

  • Corridor Studies

  • Streetscape & Plaza Design Projects

  • Park and Landscape Design Projects


Typical project conditions

Typical Project Conditions

  • Our Resources & Budgets are Limited

  • We Serve Multiple Roles

    • Project Manager

    • Planner

    • Landscape Architect/Designer

    • Facilitator

  • Small Design Teams

  • High Client Expectations

  • Great Need for our Services


Four approaches for using charettes

Four Approaches for Using Charettes

  • Integrate the Charette into your Public Involvement Process

  • Conduct a Focused, Single-day Charette

  • Assist Individuals and Groups with “Do-it-yourself” Charette Training

  • Put all of your Eggs into one Basket: the “Concentrated Charette”


Example 1

EXAMPLE 1

Cache Valley South Corridor Development Plan


Practical charrette implementation

Cache Valley South Corridor Development Plan

BACKGROUND

  • Protect Unique Landscape/ Entryway

  • Highly Contentious/Controversial

  • Multiple Stakeholders/Jurisdictions

  • Diverse Public Desires/Needs


Practical charrette implementation

Cache Valley South Corridor Development Plan

CHARETTE APPROACH:

Integrate into public involvement process

Scoping/Visioning

Preferred Design/Plan

Alternatives Workshop

Plan Adoption

Open House Review


Practical charrette implementation

Cache Valley South Corridor Development Plan

RESULTS

  • Integrated Design & Planning Process

  • Key Problems Resolved

  • Agreement Reached


Example 2

EXAMPLE 2

Liberty Park All-Abilities Play Park


Practical charrette implementation

Liberty Park All-Abilities Play Park

BACKGROUND

  • 2002 Paralympics Legacy Project

  • High-profile

  • High public expectations

  • First “All Abilities Park” in region


Practical charrette implementation

Liberty Park All-Abilities Play Park

CHARETTE APPROACH:

The single-day charette

  • Held on-site

  • Brought special abilities children and neighborhood children together

  • Multiple ways to participate/learn:

    • Design Stations

    • Construction Yard

    • Needs & Abilities Challenges

    • Art Stations


Practical charrette implementation

Liberty Park All-Abilities Play Park

RESULTS

  • Identified Issues, Ideas and Needs

  • Design Approach Established

  • Good PR/ Community Understanding

  • Possibly most-used park in SLC region


Example 3

EXAMPLE 3

Wasatch Community Gardens: Design Education & Charette Training


Practical charrette implementation

Wasatch Community Gardens: Design Education & Charettes

BACKGROUND

  • Pro bono/volunteer project

  • Supported by Utah Chapter ASLA

  • Part of multi-week training for fledgling community garden groups


Practical charrette implementation

Wasatch Community Gardens: Design Education & Charette Training

CHARETTE APPROACH:

“Do-it-yourself” charette” training

  • Introduction to basic garden design principles and charette principles

  • Volunteer designers train and assist gardeners their own charettes


Practical charrette implementation

Wasatch Community Gardens: Design Education & Charette Training

RESULTS

  • Numerous successful gardens established using charettes

  • Has become standard WCG training tool


Practical charrette implementation

Wasatch Community Gardens: Design Education & Charette Training


Example 4

EXAMPLE 4

Rawlins, Wyoming & Vernal, Utah General Plan Updates


Practical charrette implementation

Rawlins, Wyoming / Vernal, Utah General Plan Updates

BACKGROUND

  • Energy “boom towns” - Oil/gas/wind

  • Rapidly growing/changing communities

  • Permanent/temporary resident shift

  • 15+ years since existing plan was prepared

  • Establishment of a New Vision necessary for both locales


Practical charrette implementation

Rawlins, Wyoming / Vernal, Utah General Plan Updates

CHARETTE APPROACH:

The concentrated charette

Multiple opportunities to develop ideas as part of several stand-alone sessions:

  • Community Education Sessions

  • Small Group Planning Teams

  • Visual Preference Survey


Practical charrette implementation

Rawlins, Wyoming / Vernal, Utah General Plan Updates

  • Multiple charettes conducted with City staff, residents, school children and elderly groups over a 2-day period

  • Results: broad participation/ results established then verified the preferred planning direction


Practical charrette implementation

LESSONS LEARNED

  • Be Creative

  • Adjust the Charette to Your Project Needs

  • Be Daring - Create Your Own Rules & Definitions/Question Authority

  • Leverage Local Resources

  • Get Everybody Involved

  • Provide Options for Participation

  • Encourage Ownership of the Process

  • Listen and Learn


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