Charrettes & Workshops

Click on the images below to view some of our charrette illustrations.

As a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) since 2002, Dede Christopher has had the pleasure of attending and participating in over 70 charrettes as an architectural illustrator. In these 3-6 day events, the job of the architectural illustrator during the charrette is to help visualize the ideas and concepts created during the intensive planning and design sessions. Drawings must be produced very quickly during the event, and yet stay faithful to the unique sense of place and spirit of the design concepts. Many of the images represented on our website were created in design charrettes hosted in towns and cities across the United States.

El Paso Charrette with Placemakers

El Paso Charrette with Placemakers

EL Paso Charrette with Placemakers (Click here to see the full gallery of images.)

architectural illustration of retail For Hayward CA charrette

Pinedale Lane with Hall Alminana

Hayward California with Hall Alimana (Click here to see the full gallery of images.)The second phase of our Hayward charrette with Hall Alimana focused on creating viable commercial infill on Mission Boulevard, a very wide, busy road. These renderings illustrate the idea of creating commercial frontage accessed with slip lanes and medians to help slow traffic and filter cars into the neighborhoods beyond.
T4 Fitchburg rendering
Fitchburg charrette with Placemakers
Fitchburg Charrette with Placemakers (Click here to see the full gallery of images.)

Cottage court rendering for Kau Hawaii charrette with Placemakers.

Kau, Hawaii charrette with Placemakers

Kau Hawaii charrette with Placemakers (Click here to see the full gallery of images.) One of the challenges facing Kau is creating more density without destroying the natural character of the island. This cottage court illustrates high density single family housing situated around a common green.

Aerial illustration from Layton Utah charrette with Placemakers

Layton, Utah charrette with Placemakers

Layton, Utah Charrette with Placemakers (Click here to see the full gallery of images.)

Illustrations from the Ranson WV charrette with Placemakers

Ranson, WV charrette with Placemakers

Ranson, West Virginia charrette with Placemakers (Click here to see the full gallery of images,) These images visually illustrate the differences between the Smartcode Transects and what those might look like in Ranson. This illustration represents the highest density for the proposed development in the T5 transect area.

Illustrations from the Springville, Utah charrette with Placemakers

Springville, Utah charrette with Placemakers

Springville, Utah charrette with Placemakers (Click here to see the full gallery of illustrations)

Architectural illustration of St Johns Island t4

St. John's Island, SC charrette with TPUDC

St. John’s Island Charrette with TPUDC (click here to see the full charrette images): As a method to illustrate phased growth within the project, we created 5 images of the progression of development through the T1 to T4 transect. These illustrations demonstrate potential growth along Main St. and allow residents to visualize growth at a reasonable pace.

Trinity Lakes Charrette with Gateway Planning Group

Trinity Lakes Charrette with Gateway Planning Group

Trinity Lakes Charrette with Gateway Planning Group, (www.gatewayplanning.com).

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