Archived News Release from 2004
For Immediate Release
Monthly "Forum at Redwood City"
Continues: Geoffrey Ferrell, on the Public Participation Tool
of “Design Charrettes” - March 3, 2004
Redwood City, CA - February 24, 2004
- The City of Redwood City and the non-profit "Communities
by Design" announced today that the speaker for the March
3rd, 2004 session of the Forum at Redwood City will be Mr.
Geoffrey Ferrell, of Geoffrey Ferrell Associates in Washington,
DC. Mr. Ferrell will speak on the concept of “Design
Charrettes – A Public Participation Tool for Integrating
Community Values into Design.” NOTE: this presentation
begins at 6:30 pm instead of the Forum’s usual start
The “Design Charrette” is a community-based
planning forum which brings together local residents, government
officials, and private developers to collectively craft a
vision for their neighborhood, town, or county. This format
encourages individual involvement in a constructive, meaningful,
and non-threatening manner. The resulting citizen input is
folded into a comprehensive master plan that provides a clear
physical framework for the future. The input is then incorporated
into the final plan. Public participation charrettes have
unequaled, proven effectiveness at identifying and focusing
the political will of citizens.
Mr. Ferrell has produced urban design projects across the
United States for almost twenty years. As one of the country’s
leading New Urbanists, Mr. Ferrell’s work has an emphasis
on form-based coding and community planning charrettes for
both urban infill/redevelopment projects and new development.
The Forum will take place at the Little Fox Theater, 2209
Broadway, in downtown Redwood City. Doors open at 6:00 pm
and the cost is $10 per person, payable at the door. An optional
no-host dinner with the presenter and other participants will
be held following the Forum for those wishing to continue
On the first Wednesday of each month, the Forum at Redwood
City will bring nationally-known speakers and presenters to
Downtown Redwood City for in-depth dialogues on city design
issues. By bringing together local government officials from
throughout the Bay Area, as well as planners, urban designers,
architects, and other professionals in the urban design field,
these forums are intended to educate and foster discussion
on new and emerging concepts in city planning and design.
Interested members of the public are welcome to attend. The
Forum at Redwood City is co-sponsored by the Association of
Bay Area Governments (www.abag.org).
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