10:00am - 1:00pm Downtown San Rafael Charrette Studio
1200 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901
Join us for a half-day drop-in studio and a brown-bag lunch presentation for the third day of our multi-day design Charrette. The City’s Downtown Plan consultant will be converting the vacant storefront at 1200 Fourth Street (4th and B, northwest corner, next door to Scandinavian Designs) into a temporary design studio. A team of designers will be on-site preparing sketches, drawings, and plans along. Everyone is welcome and invited to drop by the studio and share their ideas.
Check out the Charrette page for a schedule of all Charrette events between May 8 and May 11.
Open Studio Number Two – Friday, May 10th,
10:00am – 1:00pm
Everyone is welcome and invited to drop by the open design studios.
Economic Development Brown Bag Presentation – Friday, May 10th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
1200 Fourth Street
Bring lunch and learn about this key topic
What is a Charrette?
Charette (“cart” in French) is a term often used to describe the final, intense work effort expended by art and architecture students to meet a project deadline. The Downtown San Rafael Charrette is a multiple-day public design workshop that will bring together community members, decision makers, and stakeholders to work with a team led by Opticos Design, the City’s Downtown Plan consultant. All community members are welcome to attend and share ideas at any and all events throughout the course of the Charette! Feedback will be incorporated through a series of ‘feedback loops’ or meetings over the course of the Charrette.
What is the outcome of a Charrette?
The Charrette will result in several options for further consideration including site plans, framework diagrams and 3D renderings addressing land use and built form, program mixes, transportation and parking concepts as well as preliminary discussion of economic impacts and community benefits. The Charrette will conclude with a public meeting summarizing the results on on Saturday, May 11 from 10AM to 12PM!
What happens after the Charrette?
The community will have the opportunity to look at the Charrette plan options online and post comments on the project website. After the Charrette, the Opticos team will be working on further developing the plan options, and evaluating their performance measured against the project’s guiding principles, design objectives and feasibility indicators. Opticos will use feedback from this website to refine their work on the Downtown Precise Plan.