What do you want to charette?

Okay, the charette being organized is not your typical charette.  First, it will not address a specific site.  Instead the end result will be a pattern-book with elements that can be combined to implement green principles while developing the regional plan.  Second, the charette participants will all be uniquely aware of the issues at hand as we will all be either Landscape Architects or ASLA members and possibly a few other allied professionals with substantial knowledge in key categories.  Now the table leaders that are going to lead all of these professionals at the charette are meeting at the Charette Programing Meeting to develop a problem statement for the charette, among other things.  Our question to you is, “What do you want to charette?”  We open the floor to you now to glean insight from participants who might not be at the charette programming meeting, but, who’s voices are just as important as those who are.  Hopefully this post will create a thread that is full of thoughtful and thought provoking ideas.  Please comment below and let your ideas be heard.  Remember this charette is ours.  We are creating an ASLA branded publication that we want every member to be able to claim and be proud of, so throw out new ideas, rehash old ones and lets really create an innovative atmosphere for creativity to occur!

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  1. gillopez

    Well, we should probably avoid regurgitating everything that the CNU has been producing, but I really like the idea of the transect. It looks like myregion.org is going to produce a regional transect plan so why not frame some of our ideas in that contexts as well? Imagine the urban transect on a horizontal axis, or go here: http://www.h-nu.com/Blog%20New%20Urbanism%20Images/548_Transect.jpg
    Now imagine a vertical axis that takes into account natural landforms, native plant communities and other ecological systems. Now we have a 2-D matrix. Let’s take this idea one step further and add a third dimension, a z axis if you will. This leg would account for human social systems such as water consumption, runoff/recharge, energy production and use, built environments (residential, commercial, industrial), transportation, education, food and waste. What you end up with is a three dimensional data set that addresses the multiplicity of issues by overlaying and contrasting the natural and human circumstances as they fit into each section of the urban transect. I believe that this exercise will reveal ways to close the loops in our human systems. If we could effectively communicate these ideas through graphics and simple text everyone could begin to understand what it will take to create a sustainable human environment and culture that is modeled on and with nature.

  2. golfarch

    With 1,000 new residents moving into the state on a daily basis, as professionals we need to find ways to responsibly develop the land while preserving the precious natural resourses available. Creating a pattern for development throughout the region that is unique and characteristically Florida. As one of the fastest growing states in the country, sometimes it feels like we are keeping up, instead of staying ahead. This is an opportunity to step ahead of development and study what development patterns work, what development patterns best fit our client’s needs, and what patterns don’t work, but most importantly what development patterns create the most responsible use of our land while contributing to the health of our cities. Is it New Urbanism? Is it “conventionally” designed neighborhoods? Is it a combination of both? Is it something completely new and different? Building upon gillopez’s ideas, it is also important to find complimentary uses within each phase of the transect. What uses create the best mix to share parking? It should be a goal to have parking lots full 24 hours a day, instead of leaving half of them unused between the hours of 7 pm and 7 am. At what point is it better for a large company to consider a 20 – 25 story tower surrounded by complimentary uses, versus a sprawling campus that encompasses 4 or 5 4-story buildings with no room for complimentary uses?