The Charrette Process

Most observers agree that the key to the charrette process first involves listening, then participating creatively. The key to charrette facilitation is to create different avenues for participation, so that the group benefits from everyone's contribution (Fig. 4.1). Dan Heinfeld, president of LPA, Inc., a leading architecture firm, says:t

Part of the charrette process lies in knowing that a good idea can come from anyplace. You have to be willing to accept that. It doesn't matter where the idea comes from. When those things happen, it's so clear. You can't bring a bunch of [solitary] egos to an all-stakeholder meeting because it just doesn't work. The other part is to be willing to let go [of control] and let the process run its course. If you really believe in the process, you'll believe in the outcome also.

We're working on a student center for California State University, Northridge now. It's basically paid for by student money, so there are four students on the committee. In one of the early design meetings, one of the students said something like, "Why do these gyms always look the same?" Our team took that [question to heart], and now we're doing a project that doesn't look like any gym you've ever seen. It's remarkably different, because first, it's a sustainable solution and second, because it's the result of a truly integrated design process.

As you'll see in the stories below, without a strong charrette process, what gets designed tends to be pretty conventional and typically comes from the previous project experience of the architect and engineers. The problem is that few of those previous projects represent high-performance projects at the level most of us would like to see, that is, 50 percent or more energy savings, LEED Gold or Platinum certified, with a significantly reduced carbon footprint.

Renewable Energy Eco Friendly

Renewable Energy Eco Friendly

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable.

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