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Charrette bandwagon is gaining speed

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Further to my letter last week, I have received queries regarding the upcoming AIA Design charrette.Last year, the AIA collaborated with Crisis to come up with a project for the Homeless. The event attracted approximately 40 students and professionals. A design problem was issued to teams of five to eight students and practitioners. Most of the project solutions were related to fixed or temporary housing, along with job finding services and, in particular, connecting to the Internet as a provision of a 'virtual address' for a transient population with no fixed abode.

The teams worked together until late afternoon when the work was presented to the jury. Last year's jury consisted of Fred Koetter, Paul Finch, Rick Mather, Ed Jones, Valerie Owen and Carolyn Clark from Crisis.

At least one third of the participants were European students on exchange programs in the UK.This event is established primarily to promote working relationships between students and practicing architects.

Working on a common design problem allows for an interchange that is otherwise unavailable to either group. And it goes without saying that the critique, discussion and debate during the jury session was of the highest level.

All participants should bring their own drawing supplies for the day.However, printing is provided by Call Print, which sponsors the event each year. This year the event will be held at Call Print's warehouses in Olympia, in the hope that it will make the whole process even faster.

The charrette will be held on Saturday 4 November, and the theme is High Dense - City Living. Jury members include Paul Finch, Zaha Hadid, Jane Wernick, James Pickard, Andrew Wright, and Christina Seilern. For more information contact Yasin Visram at 020 7404 3377 or email yvisram@kka.co.uk, or the AIA in London at 020 7930 9124.

Yasin Visram, Koetter, Kim & Associates, AIA Board Member

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