The Charrette is the most intensive and comprehensive of ESD’s Enquiry by Design processes, usually lasting five days and being open to the public during key meetings and design sessions. Charrettes are normally used for complex and/or controversial projects, where a well-resolved and widely-supported outcome is needed but a challenge to achieve. Charrettes require very rigorous preparation, involve an expert and multidisciplinary Charrette team, and deliver a comprehensive set of indicative design outcomes at all relevant scales along with development controls, forged by means of intensive stakeholder interaction. ESD usually produces a detailed outcomes and implementation report afterwards, and then provides implementation management or guidance. ESD introduced the Charrette to both Australia (Cranbourne Charrette, 1992) and New Zealand (New Lynn Charrette, 1996).



Alexis LeMaistre, 1889