A design 'charrette'is a collaborative meeting during which members of a community share their aspirations for the design of their community. There are several benefits to hosting a charrette. They include:
Being inspired by various design ideas
Establishing/reinforcing a sense of community
Kick-starting a design or solution to a problem
Hearing directly from the community about their priorities for community design, safety, comfort, etc.
Providing a comfortable space for people to ask questions and provide comment
See the links below for information on individual design charettes by community.