Each year Interior Design students collaborate with Design Engineering Technology students from the College of Applied Science and Technology at Weber State University to solve a design problem in a 48-hour period.
Called a design charrette, this collaborative problem-solving technique is common in the design-build industry in which various disciplines come together to form a cohort to solve a design problem. Charrettes serve as a way of quickly generating a design solution while integrating the aptitutes and interests of a diverse group of people. This design charrette gives students a real-life example of working in a team situation with other disciplines to come up with a creative design solution in a short period of time.
Design problems range from international humanitarian focus to local design-build challenges.
Students are given the problem on Thursday at 4 p.m. and are placed in teams of 4. Students then have until 4 p.m. on Saturday to produce presentation boards, video presentations and a creative insprirational art piece as part of their final presentation. Team submissions are then judged by various design-build professionals.
Specified 3000-level Interior Design majors will participate as part of course requirements.
Courses participating: IDT 3000, IDT 3025, IDT 3030, IDT 3060).
2014 INTERDISCIPLINARY DESIGN CHARRETTE
Thursday, Sept. 11 --- 4 p.m. Students meet at the WSU Davis Campus, given the design problem, assigned to teams.
Saturday, Sept. 13 --- 4 p.m. Student teams submit their final presentations.
Saturday, Sept. 13 --- 4-6 p.m. Judging
Saturday, Sept. 13 --- 7 p.m. Charrette Social and Awards Night. Families and the public are invited to attend.