An example of the design phase for large scale urban design.
Design workshops in action
The Hertfordshire Charrette explored the most socially sustainable and environmentally sensitive ways to accommodate growth in the years to 2021, while maintaining existing character and landscape. It was initiated by local and national sponsors, including Hertfordshire County Council, the University of Hertfordshire, local landowners and a number of organisations and companies based in the county.
The project involved a seven day long charrette (an intensive design workshop) for the public and private sectors and social and community advocates, alongside a multi-disciplinary design team.
During the charrette six growth ‘scenarios’ or spatial options were generated based on the overall growth projections. Each scenario included more detailed examples of the types of projects or spatial interventions that would support it.
The final report included a critical analysis of each option and an environmental assessment. The design team also provided an analysis of typical urban models, including a critique of the design of one of the towns in the county and case studies such as village and hamlet urban extensions.