A great, funny word: Charrette

Matt found this after hearing about a “design charrette” on a client call late last week. It really is an impressively underutilized word. The fact that it sounds weak and Victorian may have something to do with that.

A charrette (often spelled charette and often called design charrette) is an urban planning technique for consulting with all stakeholders. Charrettes are typically intense, possibly multi-day meetings involving municipal officials, developers and local residents. A charrette promotes joint ownership of the solution and attempts to diffuse traditional confrontation between residents and developers. …

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