Youth Planning Charrettes

A Manual for Planners, Teachers, and Youth Advocates

By Bruce Race, FAICP, Carolyn Torma

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Invest in the future! Involve young people in planning. Learn how to design charrettes, starting with workshops and ending with lessons learned. This book explores various approaches to involving youth in schools, museums, and citizen groups. It's a complete guide to successful community charrettes for younger participants (K-8).

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Jan. 6, 1998
APA Planners Press

About the Authors

Bruce Race
Bruce Race, FAIA, FAICP, PhD is the principal and founder of RACESTUDIO and is responsible for all aspects of project planning, design and delivery. Since founding RACESTUDIO in Berkeley, CA in 1994, his projects have received 32 design and planning awards including national awards from the American Planning Association, American Institute of Architects, Environmental Protection Agency and Society of College and University Planning. The Long Range Development Plan for UC Merced received a national 2012 AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects Award, and the Owings Award for Environmental Excellence, from the California Architectural Foundation in 2013. In 2015, Dr. Race joined the Gerald D. Hines School of Architecture as Director of University of Houston’s newly created Center for Sustainability and Resilience (CeSAR) and serves and the College's Associate Dean of Research. Prior to joining UH, Dr. Race was an Associate Professor of Practice and a full-time faculty for Ball State University’s Master of Urban Design program in Indianapolis. His design talent, practice experience, and research interests intersect in his classroom studios where he emphasizes community engagement and design innovation grounded by real world experience. Dr. Race received his PhD from Cardiff University’s Welsh School of Architecture where has been a visiting research fellow, faculty in The Master in Urban Design (MaUD) program, and an instructor in the Low Carbon Architecture Summer Program. Bruce Race is one of very few planning and design professionals in the United States that have been elected to fellowship by both the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) and American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP). In 2012, Dr. Race received the Planning Sagamore from APA Indiana recognizing his accomplishments “as a model planner before the public and the planning profession.” Bruce Race served as the urban design columnist for the Indianapolis Business Journal from 2012-2015. Since 2014, Dr. Race has been a member of ICE Publishing Urban Design Proceedings Editorial Panel, Institution of Civic Engineers, London, UK and is the co-editor for a 2017 special issue on urban design education. • LEADERSHIP • Dr. Race has served in leadership positions with the American Institute of Architects at the local, state and national levels. He served on the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association Board of Directors for 13 years including two terms as vice president. Dr. Race was on the founding Board of Directors for the Great Valley Center, an organization that strives to enhance the economic, social and environmental well-being of California's Central Valley. He currently is a member of AIA’s national Regional Urban Design Committee. • EDUCATION • Bruce Race received his PhD from the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff, Wales with a research focus on climate action planning at the local level. He received his Bachelor in Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Studies from Ball State University where he was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi Medal (1980), the Community Based Projects Award (1980), and Distinguished Alumnus Award (1999). In 2007 he was a Ball State University, Emens Distinguished Professor. • PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION AND CERTIFICATION • Dr. Race is a registered architect in the state of California and certified by the American Planning Association as a member of the APA's professional institute (American Institute of Certified Planners).

Carolyn Torma
As the Director of Education and Citizen Engagement for the American Planning Association, Carolyn Torma develops education that leads the profession of planning and provides fundamentals on best practices. Education areas include youth engagement and training for planning commissioners and officials. She edits the publication, "The Commissioner". She serves as the director for the National Planning Conference education program working with an array of work groups. Other programs include the annual webinar series on varied topics such as "Planning Law Review" and the live conference webcasts such as "Negotiation Skills for Planners." The APA education program works with many partners to deliver programs as live workshops, on demand programs, articles, and webinars. Previously, she worked in historic preservation in Michigan, Kentucky, and South Dakota. Responsibilities included developing the state preservation plan, creating the "Architecture and Community History" course, and overseeing survey, folk arts, historical archaeology, and designation. Her published articles focus on ethnic architecture and the architecture of work. She was a Bush Leadership Fellow in urban affairs and public policy at the University of Delaware. She holds a master's degree from Emory University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The power and insights of young people • Benefits of involving youth in planning • Defining the process: Youth workshops and charrettes • Short overview of the field of planning

1. Case studies
Age groups for using charrettes • Youth charrettes in teaching • Youth advocates • Citizenship and leadership

2. Getting ready for workshops and charrettes
Learning objectives • Identifying the planning issues • Workshop and charrette logistics • Preparing a charrette agenda • Preparing a charrette workshop

3. Facilitating the charrette
Participation techniques • Orientation • Five charrette exercises • Debriefing

4. Recording the results
What to record • How to record the results

5. Using the results
New issues: The perspective of youth • Communicating youth ideas and priorities • Active youth citizens

6. Lessons learned
Convey a realistic view of the public decision-making process • Make certain your partners are committed • Ensure everyone understands the goals • Continue communication throughout the entire project • Leave room for flexibility • Prep your charrette team well

7. Designing your own kids' charrette


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