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Design charette under way

Spectrum Volume 20 Issue 25 - March 26, 1998

A group of 35 design students from seven academic departments at Virginia Tech is participating in an intense exercise in creativity, problem-solving, teamwork, and media technology, as the Virginia Tech Design Consortium hosts its fourth annual student design charrette.
A charrette is a design competition which presents teams of students with a design problem to be solved, and a limited time frame within which to solve it. During a period of intensely focused work, each design team draws on the talents and expertise of its individual members and develops its own unique solution to the problem. On the final day of the charrette, the team solutions are presented to a jury of design professionals for critique and selection of the winning design.
This year, the design problem is the creation of a performance-art piece involving the imaginative use of an eclectic set of physical materials, and both live performance and video tape. The charrette began March 20 with a presentation by Professor Ann Kilkelly of the Women's Studies Program.
The final event of the charrette will be the presentation and adjudication of the performance art pieces on Sunday, March 29 from noon until 4 p.m. at the Research and Demonstration Facility. These presentations, and all other charrette activities are open to the public.
For more information, call 1-6606.