Project Websites

As a way of delivering a personalized, interactive experience that remains accessible 24/7, websites are without peer in the public information toolbox. They are a flexible "umbrella strategy" that provides both an outlet for information and a means of ongoing collaboration using surveys, public forums, and other interactive tools or applications.

A project website expands the circle of stakeholder participants to include those without the time or the ability to attend a charrette or design workshop in person. And given the proliferation of internet access throughout society together with the growing availability of free pubic access points, an online presence can be the most effective way of gaining input from a wide swath of the community.

Additionally, many of the techniques for building community involvement can be either replicated or greatly enhanced with a project website. Surveys and similar information gathering tools are often included to gather input on a specific topic, while online discussion forums and project mailboxes offer an outlet for group interaction or feedback to the design team and local government

Typical components of a project website include:

  • Project Mailbox
  • Public schedules
  • Project Description and photos
  • Publications / Reports / Studies / Surveys
  • Drawings, Project Perspectives and Photos
  • Web applications for data collection, reports, alerts and updates
  • Web Cams