a mobile studio for community design.

Funded December 5, 2012 Completed May 18, 2013

Funded December 5, 2012

Completed May 18, 2013


WE DID IT! Charette Happens was successfully funded via Kickstarter!

As Rochester continues to grow and our downtown strives to increase its diversity of attractions and support of arts and culture, there is an ever-increasing need to get people involved in making change happen.  Cities are complex environments teeming with latent potential and sometimes all that is required is a little spark and a vision to make people excited and motivated to act.

Charette Happens is a mobile design studio that seeks out opportunities to bring people together in a collaborative design process.  Design requires putting people first and responding to human needs.  A charette is rapid collaboration--intended to be equally hectic and exciting.  Time constraints are imposed to limit the analyzing of ideas and censoring of concepts.  Ideas can be provocative, unusual, or fantastical.  Every idea has merit.  The charette is a transparent design process that spawns creative endeavors.

These small scale attempts to transform the built environment are made manifest with projects such as parklets, pop-up cafes, chair bombing, guerrilla gardening, food carts, etc.  They aim to create an architecture of place.  The credo of this movement is lighter, quicker, cheaper.  Rapid prototyping of creative ideas.  Charette Happens is a metaphorical (and literal) vehicle to translate these ideas into visual illustrations.  They provide a vision of a future that people can believe in, be inspired by, and work toward.

Follow us on Twitter to stay up to date on the latest thoughts, schemes, locations, and ideas for the charette-mobile.  Also submit your ideas for where Charette Happens can make an impact in #rochmn

Also, we have just set up a FACEBOOK PAGE for anyone who wants to follow the happenings via that route.  Things will start happening shortly after the holidays.  Stay tuned!