The Strategic Use of the Charrette Process for Applied Research

Authored by: Zeenat Kotval-K , John R. Mullin

The Routledge Handbook of Planning Research Methods

Print publication date:  November  2014
Online publication date:  August  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415727952
eBook ISBN: 9781315851884
Adobe ISBN: 9781317917038


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This chapter focuses on the use of the charrette as a particular method of undertaking applied research in an educational or practice context in the field of planning. It documents the emergence of the charrette as an alternative method for engaging stakeholders and communities in the planning process that addresses some of the limitations of more formal opportunities for citizen consultation and engagement. The wider origins and purpose of the charrette process are documented before exploring a series of working principles for the application of the char-rette process. These principles are designed to help planning practitioners and planning students engage effectively with the design and management of charrettes as an applied research method, highlighting their value as both pedagogic tools and practical instruments for engaging with planning issues in practice. The concluding section of the chapter reflects on the value of the charrette but also explores some of its limitations as an applied research method.

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