Jack has probably seen that word in stories about public forums for designing streetscapes and other public projects.
A charette, or sometimes charrette, is a French word that refers to a "cart" or "chariot," but its use as a term for design forums may date back to the 19th century for when student architects worked together "to finish the grand illustrations that made up their presentations," according to the charette architects PLLC website.
"The modern use of the word charette refers to a consensus process in which a diverse group of people, designers, clients and other stakeholders draft solutions to design challenges."
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