The collaboration of participants and exploration of possibilities lend to the effectiveness of design charrettes in project planning, by hans-peter wachter, idec
The word “charrette” is derived from the French term for “little cart.” Today, a charrette is an intensive planning session in which all constituents of a project—citizens, designers, and other collaborators—can participate in a vision for development, drafting a solution to a design problem, or providing a forum for ideas, providing immediate feedback to the designer. The concept of a design charrette continues to evolve in professional practice and in design education. Successful design and creating an optimal user experience is sometimes better accomplished by integrated project teams.
BENEFITS AND GOALS OF A DESIGN CHARRETTE
Design charrettes come in handy to unveil any unknowns, or to generate a good representation of what participants do know. The charrette may take out the days of dwelling over a design strategy or solution, save time, and employ the power of a team to solve problems from a new perspective.
In addition, charrettes will kick start a design because solutions are inspired by ideas from various people. They are also inclusive as they include priorities from people in different stakeholder groups, and they usually make each participating person feel listened to and considered equally. Design processes are often complex, and if we can manage to keep them transparent, with an open-communication approach and a collaborative spirit, we are likely to succeed in solving design problems more inclusively and in less time.