Dallas Commission on Homelessness Charrettes
The Dallas Commission on Homelessness tapped community engagement firm Public City to gather qualitative feedback on perceptions around homelessness by members of the Dallas community.
Public City facilitated four charrettes around Dallas. Community charrettes are forums created using a design thinking methodology and stem from a concept borrowed from the world of architecture and urban planning. Typically, a charrette is a short, collaborative event in which many stakeholders work together to tackle a problem shared by the community. The word charrette is French for cart (or chariot) and refers to the cart that would come by to pick up architecture students’ work before exhibition at l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts. The story goes that some students would hop onto the cart together in an intense sprint to the deadline and were said to be working en charrette.
The goal of these charrettes in this instance was to elicit responses around individual sentiment towards homelessness. The charrette was co-designed by SMU’s Director of Innovation Kate Canales and Public City, and took participants through a series of exercises to offer qualitative feedback to the Commission on perceptions.