WELCOME TO THE VIRTUAL CHARRETTE HUB
Help us define the vision for Aloe Bay!
This page is your virtual engagement hub. Here you will be able to join live virtual and interactive presentations and workshops, watch recordings of completed presentations, and view videos explaining the work completed to date. You will be able to add your ideas to the conversation through polls and surveys. Learn more about what is a virtual charrette?
Material from past events:
January 18, Kick-Off & Hands-On Design Session:
PRELIMINARY DRAFT SCENARIOS
The preliminary DRAFT scenarios are a launching point for public discussion and the Public Design Charrette. The three unique scenarios show the different directions the project could take – a modest main street, a living shoreline, or a two district approach. The future of Aloe Bay is not limited to these examples, and we encourage you to come up with other ideas and concepts that go beyond the scenarios presented. Over the course of the charrette a new draft plan will evolve from the week’s conversations. Please watch the video and read the pdf below, and then FILL OUT THE SURVEY to let us know where you think we are headed in the next round of the DRAFT plan for the Aloe Bay “Town Center”.
- Open House*Tue, Jan 19Shelby Center | Dauphin Island Sea LabJan 19, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM CSTShelby Center | Dauphin Island Sea Lab, AL 36528, USADrop by anytime during the open house hours to ask the design team questions, view the team’s work and offer comments. This is an informal session that will allow you to inform the team as the plans are being drafted.
- Development Strategies WorkshopThu, Jan 21Online
WHAT IS A VIRTUAL CHARRETTE?
A charrette is an intensive planning session where citizens, designers, community leaders, and technical experts collaborate on a vision for the future of the community. It provides a forum for creative ideas and provides both immediate and ongoing feedback loops between designers, stakeholders, and the community. More importantly, it allows everyone who participates to be a mutual author of the plan.
Typically, the charrette involves an extended stay on or near the site, during which the planning team sets up a studio and carries out the design in real-time, in public. While we may be physically isolated due to the ongoing pandemic, we can still come together and work together through the virtual charrette. This online version of the charrette maintains the high level of engagement, idea generation, and feedback with community residents, stakeholders, and the general public that is so critical to creating a successful plan.
Meetings, presentations, and interactive design sessions will be held through a combination of online platforms. The consultant team will use the input received to evolve the vision over the course of the charrette week, testing ideas and scenarios while pursuing the community’s goals for the area. Opportunities will be available for the community to offer continual feedback on the work as it is being produced through the virtual open design studios. The virtual charrette will wrap up with the work-in-progress presentation, where all of the draft work produced will be shared with the community. Yet this is just the beginning of the planning process. Continual feedback will be sought over the following weeks as the plan evolves with more detail.
We welcome you to attend any (and all) of the virtual charrette events and to share this information with others. The more hands-on the plan, the better!