The Practice of Urbanism: Civic Engagement and Collaboration by Design

  • David Brain


This chapter describes urbanism as a social activity that balances individual desires and political and institutional contexts. The author argues for the design charrette as a design process that both reconfigures the professional division of labor and engages stakeholders prior to the formulation of design solutions and plans. The common understanding of the charrette as public participation represents an underestimation of its potential and its significance. Underlying charrette practice is the idea that good urbanism—that is, urbanism that reflects and contributes to the quality of community life—is necessarily the work of many hands, over time. This chapter explores what can be learned from charrettes with regard to the intersection of technical expertise, democratic political processes and the emergence of new forms of place-making practice.


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  • David Brain
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  1. 1.New College of FloridaSarasotaUSA

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