Are Architects Shaping Boston or Is Boston Shaping Them?

Our principal, Eric Robinson, sat down with The Bates Real Estate Report to discuss the forces behind RODE's community-driven work and architectural inspiration. Read the article below or check out the original post here. ---------------------------------- Are These Architects Shaping Boston or Is Boston Shaping Them? By David Bates, The Bates Real Estate Report “I never did a project in Boston. Not one,” recalls Eric Robinson, 46, about the 10 years he worked at a Harvard Square architectural firm. Robinson managed exciting projects, but apparently never walked, took a bike, or jumped on the MBTA to get to any of them. Then, instead of being an on-the-road architect, Robinson (“RO”) teamed

RODE Architects Help Drive Haverhill Revitalization Through Redevelopment of JM Lofts and 87 Washing

RODE Architects are working alongside Traggorth Companies to convert vacant, historic buildings into mixed-use buildings. These projects serve as a catalyst for the revitalization of the city’s historic downtown, support the expansion of investment in local businesses, and fit into the overall revival of downtown as a gateway city. RODE was excited by the opportunity to renovate JM Lofts at 37 Washington, a vacant building originally erected in 1882 as part of an industrial expansion. That project was completed last year and now they begin 87 Washington, which contains many of the same features. 87 Washington stands as the next endeavor, to be another step in the Downtown Haverhill Smart Gro

Tom English Bar, Dot Market To Be Sold; Mixed-Use Development Pitched

Tom English’s bar and the adjacent Dorchester Market— two longtime businesses on a prominent Dot Ave corner in Columbia-Savin Hill— are under agreement to be sold this summer with the next owner eyeing a mixed-use project for the site. RODE architects, which is working on several other nearby projects, is attached to the Tom English redevelopment plan. The site location — near the JFK/UMass T stop with solid foot traffic passing through the area — means “it falls into this category of transit-oriented development,” said Kevin Deabler with RODE Architects. The site abuts College Bound’s property at The Little House on East Cottage Street, which is also where the Columbia-Savin Hill group meet

What Happens When You Fold A Wall?

A shift in social behaviors is drawing people back into cities and our brightest urban centers are rushing to accommodate the influx with a surge in new housing construction. These residential buildings comprise a significant portion of the built environment; they represent the architectural vernacular of our neighborhoods. Within this sector, the extruded rectangle – the double loaded corridor – is the most ubiquitous of the multi-family building typologies, offering a model familiar to construction methods and pro formas alike. The price of land acquisition and the cost of construction make it difficult to deliver affordable middle-income housing, adding to the appeal of a typology that ma

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