Our annual summer training at Harvard is definitely different. You will be one of a diverse group of students working in the unique atmosphere of the Graduate School of Design across from Harvard Yard. Stacie Nicole Smith from the Consensus Building Institute will be joining us again this year. Lunch with us at the Harvard Faculty Club; take in a game at Fenway (Sox v Yankees!) and head to the Cape for the weekend. Another difference, you will receive a Harvard certificate of completion in addition to the NCI certificate.
May 20th, 2013 by NCI · Comments Off
May 16th, 2013 by Steve Coyle · 2 Comments
May 16th, 2013 by NCI · Comments Off
Earlier this month, NCI led a 7-day charrette to create a vision for the 21-mile stretch of Michigan Avenue/Grand River Avenue from the Lansing Capitol through East Lansing out to rural Webberville, MI. In total, the charrette engaged hundreds of people through public meetings and 14 technical and stakeholder meetings. Several NCI training graduates audited the charrette as part of their continuing charrette education. NCI also used this opportunity to record the participation and design process. Here are few of the highlights:
- Day One: Public Hands-on Design session. Each table reports out, their drawings are projected on one large screen and their comments are transcribed on another screen so all can see the results.
- Day Two: “The Frankenplan.” Technical meetings begin while the Dover, Kohl & Partners design team synthesizes the main public comments on one document.
- Day Three: “Just-in-time” design. The DKP design team is stuck deciding on a street section. The city engineer is contacted and an instant meeting occurs that resolves the issue.
- Day Three: Getting the kids involved. Design team members head to the Pattengill Middle School to conduct a design session with 5th graders.
May 8th, 2013 by Bill Lennertz · Comments Off
Here is an update on a few of NCI’s notable accomplishments in recent months. We would especially like to thank NCI members for their support in helping us to increase our influence in the world of community planning, which continues to grow.
We continue to provide specialized training and coaching for agencies and organizations that want to be more hands-on with charrettes. We are training and coaching non-profit organizations to conduct charrettes for development sites in New York’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood and we recently conducted an in-house training for the District Department of Transportation in DC.
Our work with Michigan State Housing Development Authority continues. NCI trainings have been a regular feature of the State’s placemaking curriculum. This program is part of the governor’s initiative wherein placemaking is a central strategy in an ambitious statewide economic development plan.
We are in the final stages of completing our Charrettes for Transit Oriented Development Guide under our grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). This guide will be made available to all local transit agencies and regional planning commissions, and the public at large, later this year.
NCI succeeds through word of mouth recommendations and referrals from our members and the thousands we have trained and coached over the past 12 years. Even during the recession, people continued to take our courses and call us for assistance. This is because people need to collaborative now more than ever and NCI builds the capacity to do so.
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April 22nd, 2013 by NCI · Comments Off
NCI certificate holders, here’s your chance to observe and perhaps assist at a 7-day charrette May 1-7 in East Lansing, Michigan. See the project website for details, http://migrand-charrette.com. NCI is leading the Michigan Avenue/Grand River Avenue Vision Charrette. All are welcome to attend the Charrette 101 Seminar on May 1st. You are also welcome to attend the public meetings and open house. Click here for the charrette schedule. A limited number of NCI grads can shadow at the design studio and participate in “side-bar” discussions about the process. Depending on the need and your experience, you may be able to help in the production phase, coloring, or computer work in the final stretch.
If you are interested in attending or shadowing please email firstname.lastname@example.org
April 4th, 2013 by NCI · Comments Off
April 3rd, 2013 by NCI · Comments Off
NCI Charrette System™ 101 Recorded Webinar
To provide you with a fast an affordable way to understand the NCI Charrette System™ and its effectiveness, we are now offering our introductory webinar for just $45. This gives you unlimited viewing of the 90-minute presentation for yourself and your colleagues.
In it, NCI faculty Bill Lennertz and David Brain describe the three phases and over 45 tools that comprise the NCI Charrette System™- a collaborative project management process with a multiple-day charrette as the central transformative event. In viewing this 1.5-hour webinar you will learn the time-tested NCI framework for planning for a successful charrette…order and view today.
March 25th, 2013 by Heidi Haberbush · Comments Off
NCI is facilitating two charrettes this year on the lengthy Michigan Avenue/Grand River Avenue Corridor from Lansing to Webberville for the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission. Stay up-to-date before the charrettes and during via the project website,Twitter and Facebook!
March 22nd, 2013 by NCI · Comments Off
|Now you can stay up to date with the newest learnings from the latest NCI trainings. Starting this week from Lansing, MI, we will be tweeting tips and resources as they arise at the NCI Charrette System Certificate™ training sponsored by the Michigan Association of Planning and Michigan State Housing and Development Authority. Our trainings attract veteran planners, designers, engineers, economic developer and others who always bring new resources and ideas to our curriculum. Here in Michigan we are learning from the state agencies working together on place making initiatives: see miplace.org.
Get Bill’s updates via Twitter or Facebook.
March 1st, 2013 by Heidi Haberbush · Comments Off
- NCI Charrette System™ Certificate Training: March 11-13
- NCI Charrette Management and Facilitation™ Certificate Training: March 14-15