HistoryThe word charrette is French for "cart." The use of the term to describe design sessions is thought to have originated at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris in the 19th century. Students working on a deadline would work overnight, often for days in a row. It was a common practice at the school to collect completed work in a cart. The term implies a furious effort to complete a work at the last moment as it's going into the cart.
An intensive period of collaborative design, planning or problem solving.
The term charrette implies an intensive session that produces a result as opposed to a regular fixed-length meeting.
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