Print Media: First Choice for Communication
Public involvement is what charrettes are all about. Our newspapers multiply that involvement and strengthen the ultimate effect of the charrette. When people are informed and dedicated, the results can exceed even the most optimistic expectations. Conversely, much opposition to traditional neighborhood development (TND) is due to misunderstandings and poor communication.
In this context, newsprint is the best choice for large-scale,
Charrette papers are our most flexible and customizable
option. The pre-charrette paper welcomes readers to the charrette process
with articles and images about the TND concept. Quick biographies introduce
the design and development teams, and a schedule of events is a handy
reference for the duration of the charrette. An introductory letter from
the mayor, city staff or town founder is often included. The standard
pre-charrette paper has 8 to 12 pages: four custom pages and four to 8
semi-custom pages composed of educational articles from our archives.
Follow-through is as important as the charrette itself.
Post-charrette papers publicize the results of the charrette, with short
summary articles or feature-length discussions. Articles can describe
existing conditions and concepts for redesign, explain the needed zoning
amendments and present findings made by consultants. Plans and renderings
generated during the charrette can be showcased in full color for maximum
effect. Post-charrette papers help communities prepare for public hearings
by educating everyone about the proposals that are up for discussion.