Friday, November 2, 2007

Process: The Charette

On March 9, 2007, Kaplan Thompson Architects facilitated a charette in Portland to bring all key players in the project together to begin to talk about ideas and issues.

(A charette is an i ntense collaboration where stakeholders in a given project come together for a brief period of time to flush out ideas and decisions about a project that may otherwise take a great deal of time to work through. They can be anywhere from a few hours to a few days and are typically tightly run to work through a maximum amount of information in a minumum amount of time.)

Representatives from each of the primary team members attended and in a day, the group hashed out some of the major goals and decisions that would have to be made to move the project forward. Some sample topics of discussion were:

  • Outbuiling typologies - why the barn, and what does it connote?
  • The relationship of the barn to the exisitng house - physically, and can the barn serve as an "outboard" motor for the main house
  • Foundation systems for a disentangled house - prefab framed floor system versus slab on grade
  • How to achieve net zero status and what we can learn from Passivhaus?
  • How can this building draw on the vernacular yet be replicable for other climates?

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