Charette- a meeting in which everyone involved attempts to resolve conflicts together, in this case through design.
To build relationships, to create a sense of community, a common ground must be reached. Two groups must understand one another. One of the best ways to achieve this level of understanding is to share stories; quirky anecdotes about childhood mishaps, heartwarming tales of beloved pets and the occasional raw account of a self-defining experience. Through sharing our stories and attentively listening to the stories of others, we open ourselves to a level of understanding and respect. In the end educating ourselves by knowing opposite lives.
The sharing of experiences and histories is a powerful way to keep tradition and culture alive. It is also a timeless record and celebration of community. In order for the process of storytelling to truly flourish there needs to be a space that can foster this level of vulnerability. A space where people from all backgrounds and age groups can feel comfortable coming together to share their stories, ideas, and dreams. This intimacy will be achieved through a thoughtful design collaboration between the communities of Temple University and North Philadelphia. The process of design will be a stepping stone in the creation that sense of one unified community.