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A charette is an intensive design methodology used primarily in urban and land use planning. It rose to prominence with the New Urbanism movement in the 1990s but emerged as a recognized practice in the late 1960s. The charette process evolved as a part of a larger reaction against modernist architecture and planning's claims to “know best” how to shape an ideal urban society through the constructed forms of the city. In its idealized form, the charette process eschews hierarchical, objectivist, comprehensive planning and embraces inclusive, situated, communicative planning. Recognizing that architecture and planning are practices that embody ethics within physical spaces, the charette process seeks to democratize the planning and development of towns and cities through the inclusion of affected persons and interest groups ...

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