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Taking the Charrette to the Streets

Grist profiles Dylan House, a Brooklyn architect and "change agent" that is involving underserved community groups in charrettes to plan their urban spaces.

House is a member of the Hester Street Collaborative, whose mission is to "empower residents of underserved communities by providing them with the tools and resources necessary to have a direct impact on shaping their built environment."

Andrew Leonard talks with House about what that means to him:

"For House, this means setting up charrettes in which a particular group -- park neighbors, or school children, or LGBT youth -- comes together to brainstorm ways to improve their local public space. Quite often the challenge is to find a way to engage people who aren't normally part of the design process -- whether because of age limitations, or language issues, or any other roadblock."

Full Story: House’s collaboration cart puts community planning on the street

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