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charrette

noun metaphor
a period of intense work before an architectural design project deadline; for Rice architecture students, the week before classes end, the time when an Archi (architecture student) is not seen around for a week because he/she spends all day and all night at the studio trying to finish his/her project, also the period when Archis do not sleep. an Archi’s ‘Hell Week.’
 
I can't wait for charrette to be over on Monday!
Etymology : from the French word for ‘cart,’ thought to originate from the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris in the 19th century. architecture students would ride street carts (en charrette) through the streets of Paris to submit their projects to their professors. another explanation is that at the end of class in the studio, a charette would be wheeled around for the students to pick up their work for review, while they added the finishing touches, they were said to be working en charrette.
Source : roommate who is an Archi, November 2010
Last modified: 9 December 2010


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