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City of San Jose Urban Villages Design Charrette – Participants Wanted!

The Emerging Professionals Committee of AIA Santa Clara Valley is pleased to announce an upcoming opportunity for professionals to participate in a design charrette in partnership with the City of San Jose’s Urban Villages program. All skill levels and related professional interests are welcome.

AIA is working with the San Jose Planning Department to plan a public design charrette for one Urban Village in May or June. San Jose has targeted over 70 ‘Urban Village’ locations throughout the city, for future development and growth into lively, walkable, transit-oriented, mixed-use, community hubs.

Participants will have the chance to work with city officials, the public, and professional peers to develop a site review and design solution for a neighborhood in need of revitalization. AIASCV is seeking two types of volunteers for this project: “Core Participants”, (limited to 15) that will soon begin to help with the Urban Village research, analysis, and event planning, and “Charrette Participants”, (unlimited) who will be engaged alongside public/community members, on the day of the charrette only.

If you would like to get involved at a higher level, consider signing up to be a “Core Participant”. These volunteers will be heavily involved in the planning of the charrette, including meeting with the city, gathering data, hosting the charrette, and doing additional design work with the ideas collected from the charrette. This is a great opportunity for young professionals seeking clearer understanding of the city planning process and community development. Also, interns enrolled in IDP will be given opportunities to earn hours. “Core Participants” will be expected to attend all meetings (with reasonable exception) and contribute up to 30 hours of work. The planning will start now and will run at least through April.

Contact AIASCV.epc@gmail.com by January 31st if you are interested in signing up as a Core Participant.

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