July 21, 2007
A piece of trivia I learned at the office this week: in architecure circles, design workshops are called “charettes”. “What does it mean in French?”, asked my boss, marc, who spells his name with a “c”. (It s a cart.) Apparently no relation right? Well actually, back in the day at the beaux arts, they had these design competitions/exams during which students huddled into a room, bent over their easels for 24 hours, and the next morning a cart was wheeled around to collect their work. These creative all-nighters were called “Charettes”. Thus, the appropriated anglo-saxon usage: a collaborative task performed under strict time constraints.