Promoting Sustainable Development Through Participatory Design in a Small Town:
Mebane, North Carolina: 2nd Phase
The goal of this project is to generate appropriate design guidelines and implementation strategies for development in key locations of downtown Mebane, North Carolina. One of the main objectives of the project is to enhance community participation in this process. The appropriate goal setting technique in this regard is chosen as charrette process, i.e., the rapid pace at which the design is finalized with a guiding principle: consensus (Sanoff, 2000). The charrette process is planned in three phases. In the first phase, objectives and strategies were determined based on the identified problems. The second phase elaborates on design implications of these strategies. Finally, in the third phase the appropriate design guidelines will be generated for the development of downtown Mebane. Following the first phase of the process, which was presented in the ARCC spring 2001 conference, second phase is prepared, illuminating the third phase.