The Role Of Graphics In Good Design

When it comes to the many details involved in designing a building, smaller elements like branding can often fall by the wayside. This is not the case at RODE, however, where creating a unique brand image is a core aspect of the design process. We believe that incorporating interesting graphics into a design attracts people to the space and allows a building to stand out from the crowd in a world where new buildings seem to be going up on every corner. A client’s overall brand image is also a great source of inspiration during the initial design process and can be integrated in elements like signage, which showcase the style of the client’s company long after the building is completed. For

Greenway Envisioned To Beautify, Enliven Red Line Tunnel Cap

Original article by Jennifer Smith, The Dorchester Reporter. A tunnel cap that sits above the Red Line tracks as they run underground through Dorchester from Fields Corner to Ashmont station may see a new life as a biker and pedestrian greenway. At the Greater Ashmont Main Street’s annual meeting on Tuesday, community members weighed in on an early look at a possible design for the stretch between Park Street, where trains from Fields Corner slip into the tunnel, and Shawmut and Ashmont stations. The proposed greenway would run along the top of the Red Line beginning with a small section north of Park Street and then south across Mather Street, Centre Street, and Welles Avenue up to Peabody

BSA Small Firms + Small Projects Design Awards

What is Design Excellence? This past Friday, RODE volunteered Katie Cressall to be a jury member for the BSA Small Firms/Small Projects Design Awards. She, along with two other architects and one structural engineer, reviewed submissions in a variety of scales and project types. There were some awesome projects and it was great to be part of a conversation about what Design Excellence is and how small firms in Massachusetts are contributing to it. RODE encourages its young staff members to be engaged members of the design community and experiences like this one help shape our team members through lively discussion and reflection. Learn more about the BSA Project Design Awards here.

Savin Hill Corner Market Plan Has Been Expanded For Condos

Developer James Baker is expanding the scope of his proposed local market project on the corner of Savin Hill Avenue and Sydney Street to include more parking and 15 condominiums in a separate building, he told members of the Columbia-Savin Hill Civic Association at their planning meeting Tuesday night. The long-empty corner property— once a busy variety store— will get a second chance as a neighborhood market, Baker says. Its design has not been altered much from the version pitched to the civic group in March, a staggered three-story structure that would house a first-floor market and two floors of retail space above. That plan was met with general support from members of the planning comm

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Southern Proper Restaurant Heads for a New South End Development

RODE is working with Chef Jason Cheek to bring a new Southern-style restaurant to Boston. Cheek, who has a lengthy history cooking at restaurants all around the city, is the force behind Southern Proper, located at The Girard at 600 Harrison Ave. in Boston’s South End. Stay tuned for project updates on our mission to create a perfect setting for authentic Southern fare! For more information, head to the original Article at Eater Boston.

Haverhill Plans To Restore More Historic Buildings

Original article, by Brenda Buote at the Boston Globe, can be read here. RODE Architects Inc. of Boston is working alongside developer Traggorth Companies to convert vacant, historic buildings into mixed-use buildings in an effort to revitalize Haverhill’s historic downtown. RODE, which completed the renovation of JM Lofts at 37 Washington St., is now beginning work on 87 Washington, which contains many of the same features. 87 Washington will include a mix of residential apartments on the upper floors with street-level retail space. Both projects were funded through Massachusetts Historic Commission tax credits, with support from the state Department of Housing and Community Development’s H

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