Definition of charrette in English:


(also charette)

Pronunciation /SHəˈret/ /ʃəˈrɛt/

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North American
  • A meeting in which all stakeholders in a project attempt to resolve conflicts and map solutions.

    ‘Officials with the Society for Housing Options are hopeful that many people in Cochrane will attend the charrette this Thursday and have their say in this exciting project.’
    • ‘Civano's architecture, much of which is a direct outcome of the original Civano design charrette, is based on traditional Tucsan and Southwestern styles.’
    • ‘One of the firm's signature innovations was the concept of ‘Squatters,’ programming-and-design charrettes conducted over a period of days with client participation.’
    • ‘Last winter, as it emerged from the first of what will be a great many consensus-building charrettes, Daniel Libeskind's proposal for the World Trade Center site had retained its burden of symbols.’
    • ‘King, as the firm's principal designer, spends much of his time on the road, participating in charrettes with the studios throughout the firm's eight offices.’
    • ‘Through charrettes, the seven-person staff is ‘looking at ways we can make ourselves work better,’ Brown says.’
    • ‘The public is also encouraged to attend and ask questions at the conclusion of the charrettes, during the architectural teams' final presentations.’
    • ‘The charrettes often run for two days and into the evening so that local residents can stop by after work or school, review the designs in progress, and offer their opinions.’
    • ‘She said the charrettes are important to allow and encourage everyone to take ownership.’
    • ‘‘Half the charrette was spent convincing administrators that classical architecture was a viable option,’ Speck says.’
    • ‘Burden fondly recalls a charrette that brought environmentalists, business people, and farmers together in Willits, California.’
    • ‘Recognizing that key design choices needed to be made early, Bill Browning of the Rocky Mountain Institute, led a predesign charrette.’
    • ‘In November, the results of the charrette will be presented to the general public in a series of consultations around the city.’


Late Middle English (denoting a cart or wagon): from French charrette, literally ‘cart’; current sense dates from the mid 20th century, possibly with reference to the use of a cart in 19th-century Paris to collect architecture students' work on the day of an exhibition.