Design Workshop/Charrette Week


Between January 28th and January 31st, 2019, the City will host a series of public events coinciding with a week-long Design Workshop (also known as a Charrette). The aim of these events and the Workshop is to formulate an initial design concept for the Franklin Boulevard Transformation.


What is a Charrette?

The term Charrette is French and literally translate to "cart" or "chariot". It refers to the final, intense work effort of art or architecture students to meet a project deadline. Today, the practice is no longer confined to art and architecture students, but is a tool employed by planners, designers, developers, public officials and organizations, and non-governmental organizations.


A Charrette uses a series of collaborative design and public input cycles for multiple, consecutive days. Everyone – from city planner to local business and property owners – become aware of the complexities of development and design issues, and everyone works together to arrive at the best possible solution.


Source: National Charrette Institute

Design Workshop/Charrette Week Schedule

Kickoff Meeting

Monday, January 28th, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Ford Alumni Center, 1720 E13th Ave, Eugene

The Kickoff Meeting will orient attendees to the project process and project area, and to what the Franklin Boulevard Transformation project hopes to accomplish. We will solicit input about what works well and what doesn’t on Franklin today, and what Eugenians’ hopes are for Franklin in the future.


Open Studio Hours

Tuesday, January 29th, 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Romania Building, 2020 Franklin Blvd, Eugene

The community is invited to see how design work is progressing on the second day of the charrette. This afternoon open studio will allow Eugenians to see designers at work and peek at initial ideas for corridor transformation. Members of the public can chat with designers and provide comments on these initial designs.


Design Reveal/Closing Meeting

Thursday, January 31st, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Jaqua Center, 1625 E13th Ave, Eugene

This event will showcase the week’s work toward a concept design for transforming Franklin Boulevard. Designers will present possible street cross sections and intersection designs, along with information about how options impact the way people traveling by different modes use the corridor. Attendees can expect a formal presentation with structured Q&A. Designs are not final at this meeting and will be further evaluated in the coming months.

Charrette Event Map