Freedom by Design held its first Design Charrette Saturday April 7. As the charitable design program of the American Institute of Architecture Students, the Northeastern University student group hosted the event to generate ideas for an upcoming community design/build project.
Fifteen students broke into three teams supplied with plans, trace paper, and markers. The teams were given just one hour to discuss, sketch, and model ramp design ideas. The designs produced addressed not only the dimensional requirements of ADA compliance, but also space forming ideas incorporating landscape design and public usage.
Results of the design charrette will influence the final design of a ramp to be built for a local community organization by the students of Freedom by Design.