Center for Craft Creativity and Design

COLLEGE-LED CHARETTE FOR SPACE PLANNING

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The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Inc. (CCCD) invited participation and perspectives as they partnered with the Asheville Design Center to sponsor a student-led design charrette.

There were over 50 participants representing a cross-section of the region’s makers and artists, entrepreneurs, academic partners, local government agencies, non-profit organizations, and economic development folks. It was a great example of the power of collaboration and the potential for collective impact within the creative community.

The Asheville DesignBuild Studio, a program of the Asheville Design Center, is a multi-disciplinary, hands-on, educational experience. Students draw upon their wide range of design and technical disciplines to gather community input, define a project type, develop the concept, and build their design. This year’s studio includes students representing A-B Tech, UNC-Asheville, Clemson University, UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State College of Design and Virginia Tech.

The charrette focused on the 6,600 square foot basement of CCCD’s facility located at 67 Broadway Street in downtown Asheville. The basement makerspace will be one component of CCCD’s newest endeavor – The Hive: a creative campus for making, learning and enterprise.

Within the multi-phase development of CCCD’s facility, the basement is envisioned as a space for the region’s creatives and entrepreneurs – artists, designers, engineers and makers – who draw inspiration from collaborative space and access to new materials and processes. CCCD is interested in the intersection of a space that combines advanced technology machinery with traditional machines used in heritage manufacturing and craft.

The charrette also introduced the way the space might serve both students and alumni from the surrounding University partners (i.e. Warren Wilson College, Western Carolina University, UNC Asheville, Appalachian State, Haywood Community College, AB Tech). For the purpose of the charrette, the students operated from a place of maximum creativity – budget was secondary.

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