In February, Food & Wine Magazine featured RODE co-founder and Principal, Eric Robinson in their piece “How COVID Changed Restaurant Design Forever.” Eric shared three design tips for owners to keep in mind when planning pandemic-responsive design for their restaurant. His recommendations included prioritizing room to move throughout the space, bringing “pre-covid vibes” to dining outdoors, and building proactively while prioritizing adaptability. Eric’s practical advice coul
The design process is a strategic effort composed of a pooling of thoughts and ideas from several individual designers. To make sense of it all, we create diverse visual media that helps synthesize and rationalize the intricacies of that process. These visualizations become the instruments of storytelling we use to connect with our clients and communities and is the topic of our fourth hive workshop. ILLUSTRATIONS We develop step-by-step illustrations that simplify our though
Last week, the BPDA approved our design of 1121 Dorchester Avenue. The project will bring two new residential buildings to two underutilized sites. The four story, 21-unit building on Dorchester Avenue will feature a bold yet timeless design, while a separate, three story building will bring 3 residential units and a more transitional design to Savin Hill Avenue. The project also includes 3,000 SF of ground level commercial space that will house a future restaurant.
Communication is key to explaining a design, but when we are not there to express the ideas and process behind those designs, diagrams are our best tools. It is important that our message is clear with or without words. This past week, we spent our 3rd RODE Hive Workshop sharing and discussing what methods of diagramming have worked well for us and some that may need to be updated. Clarity and simplicity were themes at the heart of our discussion. It is easy to get carried aw