Virtual Charrette

The virtual charrette is a collaborative, multi-day design process to generate, test, and refine ideas for this project.  It is also a community-driven process.  Community members help establish the goals for the project at the beginning of the process and the design teams uses input each day of the charrette to evolve ideas.  The results of the charrette will be refined after the intensive week to give more detail and definition to the community’s shared vision for Datura and Evernia Streets.

Typically, a charrette is done in-person with the design team and community working together at meetings or scheduled focus-groups.  Given the current situation with COVID-19, we are using digital tools to move our collaboration online.  Just because we can’t meet physically doesn’t mean we have to stop working together.

This page of the project website will document the activities and input received each day of the virtual charrette.  Check back here soon for more details about how and when you can be involved. 

Charrette Schedule


Day 4 Work in Progress Presentation

The charrette concluded with a Work-in-Progress presentation at the end of Day 4.  The design team shared complete concepts for all three scenarios.  The concepts included integration of what the design team learned from stakeholder meetings and responses from the online community survey.

The concepts developed this week during the charrette will be further developed in the coming weeks by the City and design team.  Additional opportunities for community input will be upcoming through the summer and fall.  

Below is a link to the Work-in-Progress presentation as well as a recording of the Work-In-Progress presentation given on June 4.


Day 3

The focus of Day 3 was on developing some of the universal concepts that apply to all three scenarios.  These topics include urban cooling, all ages programming, functional landscapes, digital tools, wayfinding, temporary/pilot interventions, and development of linear park along Datura and Evernia Streets.

Public Presentations

There were three virtual public presentations.  Two presentations were virtual open studios where the design team shared their screens so people could watch and listen as they worked.  

The day concluded with a virtual open house meeting where the design team shared some of the universal concepts being tested..

Video recordings of the virtual open studios and open house are provided below.


Day 2

Today, the team further refined the three scenarios being tested.  While day one focused on exploring basic dimensions and ideas, the design team today began applying the scenarios to specific blocks along Datura and Evernia.  This process helped the team identify potential space allocation for different features along each street.  What does a wider sidewalk look like?  Where can we create more opportunities for shade, or landscaping, or places to play and socialize?

The team also began developing concepts for the streets around Meyer Amphitheater.  The team tested ways to enhance the street and public space for daily life as well as accommodate flexibility for events and programming to support the restaurants and businesses in this area of Downtown.

What we are hearing

In the morning, the design team met with neighborhood stakeholders including representatives from the Downtown Neighborhood Association, residential building HOAs, and residential building property managers. From their perspectives, some of the key priorities include wider sidewalks and shade, a greater emphasis on street enhancements that support daily life (instead of preserving space for events), and preserving accessibility to the buildings for things like loading and deliveries.  Overally, a change in the street that can make is easier and more enjoyable to live Downtown.

In the afternoon, the design team met with department and agency representatives.  The goals for this meeting were to review what the design team is hearing from the community, share work in progress, and begin to discuss strategies for funding and implementation.  The design team also discussed opportunities to coordinate streetscape improvements along Datura and Evernia Streets with other City investments in Downtown.

Public Presentations

There were three virtual public presentations.  Two presentations were virtual open studios where the design team shared their screens so people could watch and listen as they worked.  

The day concluded with a virtual open house meeting where the design team shared initial concepts for the three scenarios.

Video recordings of the morning virtual open studio and open house are provided below.


Day 1 Summary

Day 1 saw the design team identify three scenarios to test.  They were defined based on previous planning efforts, input from the community survey, and technical analysis the design team did prior to the virtual charrette. The three scenarios are:

  • Scenario 1: Two-Way Streets – Update Existing Streetscape
  • Scenario 2: Two-Way Shared Streets
  • Scenario 3: One-Way Streets

What we are hearing

So far, the design team has received 113 survey responses.  Responses have come from a mix of people that live and work Downtown.  Some respondents also own property or a business along Datura or Evernia.

In terms of block priority, there is interest to spread investment across all eight blocks within the study area.  There is no single block that dominates the community’s priority.  In terms of topics, mobility and comfort are the primary areas the community would like to invest in.  This is consistent with the community’s values developed during the Downtown Mobility Master Plan.  People want more walking, more biking, more access to transit and less driving in Downtown.  They also want wider sidewalks, more shade, and better lighting at night.

The design team also met with members of the business community.  We consistently heard a desire for a more walkable, urban experience along Datura and Evernia.  We also heard a desire for more space to take a phone call, step outside during work hours, and have more space along the street for economic activity, particularly for the restaurants.

Public Presentations

There were three virtual public presentations.  Two presentations were virtual open studios where the design team shared our screens so people could watch and listen as the design team worked.  

The day concluded with a virtual open house meeting where the design team shared initial concepts for the three scenarios.

Video recordings of these public presentations are provided below.