Design Workshop: Jan 2019


Between January 28th and January 31st, 2019, the City hosted a series of public events as part of an intense four day Design Workshop (also known as a Charrette). Initial design concepts were created for the Franklin Boulevard Transformation during the Design Workshop in January 2019. 


What is a Charrette?

The term Charrette is French and literally translate to "cart" or "chariot". It refers to the final, intense work effort of art or architecture students to meet a project deadline. Today, the practice is no longer confined to art and architecture students, but is a tool employed by planners, designers, developers, public officials and organizations, and non-governmental organizations.


A Charrette uses a series of collaborative design and public input cycles for multiple, consecutive days. Everyone – from city planner to local business and property owners – become aware of the complexities of development and design issues, and everyone works together to arrive at the best possible solution.


Source: National Charrette Institute

Design Discovery Workshop #1 Week

Kickoff Meeting

Monday, January 28, 6-7:30 p.m.

Ford Alumni Center, 1720 East 13th Ave., Eugene

The Kickoff Meeting oriented attendees to the project process and project area, and to what the Franklin Boulevard Transformation project hopes to accomplish. We solicited input about what works well and what doesn’t on Franklin today, and what Eugeneans’ hopes are for Franklin in the future. 


This meeting was recorded and live streamed on The UO Channel and Facebook Live @eugenetransportation. City staff managed the Facebook Live stream during the meeting to answer questions and enable participation in the small group discussion via Facebook comments.


 ***Missed the Design Workshop Kickoff Meeting? ***

Don’t worry, there is still time to help the design team with your input. 


Open Studio Hours

Tuesday, January 29, 4-7 p.m.

Romania Building, 2020 Franklin Blvd., Eugene

The community was invited to see the progression of design work on the second day of the charrette. The afternoon open studio allowed Eugeneans to see designers at work and peek at initial ideas for corridor transformation. Members of the public were able to chat with designers and provide comments on these initial designs.


Design Reveal

Thursday, January 31, 6-7:30 p.m.

Jaqua Center, 1625 East 13th Ave., Eugene

This event showcased the week’s work toward a concept design for transforming Franklin Boulevard. Designers presented possible street cross-sections and intersection designs, along with information about how options impact the way people traveling by different modes use the corridor. The event was a formal presentation with structured Q&A. Designs presented at this meeting are not final and will be further evaluated in the coming months.


 ***Missed the Design Reveal/Closing Meeting? ***

Don't worry, the design concepts are draft and there is still time to review them and provide your input.