2017 IIDA RMC Western Regional Charette Chapter Finals

Local Event Date/Location

Date: Saturday, Feb. 18th
Time:  8:00am – 5:00pm

Location:   Hord | Coplan | Macht  1331 Nineteenth St Denver, CO 80202

*A small parking lot is located East of the building.  Enter from 19th St.  Space is limited, so carpooling is highly encouraged!  Gas cards will be provided for those with three or more passengers.

Local Event Deadlines/Cost

MUST REGISTER by Friday, Feb. 10th (NO registration at the door)
Members:  $10.00
Non-members: $30.00

*All participants to be reimbursed $10 upon arrival

Simply put, a charette is an intense design exercise within a set (and often all too short) period of time. A derivative of the French word for ‘cart’, the term refers to a time when students of the école des Beaux-Arts would be so committed to their final projects that they would work feverishly on the final touches  until a ‘cart’ came around to collect them. Some students would even climb up onto the cart and continue to put the finishing touches on their work as it was wheeled around the studio!  Charettes have since evolved to include sessions of ideation amongst teams. In the workplace, they are often used to kick-off and invigorate the schematic design phase. This collaborative setting allows for the free flow of thought between designers, where ideas build upon each other until a fitting concept or design solution is found.

For this event, which is the “Local Level” charette, students from all over the Rocky Mountain chapter will be randomly placed into teams, and given a design problem, complete with client profile, program, floorplans, elevations, etc.  After about 8 hours of work (including 1 hour for lunch), “pencils down” will be called, and each team will present their solution to a panel of expert judges.  Winners will be announced the same day.  The winning team will be given an all-expenses-paid trip to Phoenix and an opportunity to compete at the Regional Level!  If you like to think positively and plan ahead, mark your calendar for a trip to Phoenix Friday, April 7th – Sunday, April 9th.


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