Charles Rose Architects Inc.

Business Description
We are an innovative design studio based in Somerville, Massachusetts with completed projects across the United States, including Vermont, New York, Maine, Connecticut, Florida, Missouri, Ohio, Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Oregon, and Washington.

I view design as a collaborative, explorative, and investigative process. My studio works closely with each client to develop multiple concepts until we find a unique solution. Common to each project is a concern centered on the nuances of the site, the interior and exterior spaces, and a refined material palette that utilizes local resources. Our designs are equally at home in rural, suburban, or urban settings because they are interlaced with the site; they reflect the surroundings.

I tend to craft sculptural forms, with planes and volumes that shape space and light. I may bend a wall or tip a roof plane to fit the spaces or the site more effectively. Alternatively, I may do this to create a visual surprise—a view or a modulation of light—as one circulates through the house; a home’s interior can be as experiential as the exterior landscape. The juxtaposition of materials throughout enhances the form inside and out. Dramatic roof planes either extend towards the sea or echo the topography, creating a variety of spaces: large and small, open and protected.

If you live in one of our homes you will come to realize the function of the angular forms—what the studio refers to as “fractured
geometries”—that define our work. You will understand how gracefully the spaces flow into one another and the quality of light orchestrated over time, winter to summer. You will understand the siting of the building and choreography of views. Everything is considered; everything is crafted.
Somerville, MA US 
Charles Rose 
115 Willow Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144 
(617) 628-7033 
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Industrialization and the automobile are actually the biggest factors in the last 100 years.
"The American Institute of Architects and the American Planning Association recommend against [suburban] sprawl and instead endorses smart, mixed-use development, including buildings in close proximity to one another that cut down on automobile use, save energy, and promote walkable, healthy, well-designed neighborhoods." (Wikipedia) In other words, the clustered housing scenario I mentioned above. Urban living while maintaining protected natural areas is a good thing as well; population density (relative to land use) in these scenarios is good not bad. That sort of development has to be driven by demand, and by developers sensitive to the issues. Demand will only come from education.
None of this is about criticizing, it is about ecological education, smart urban and suburban planning, local food, retention of farms, retention and restoration of habitat etc. and it is a dialog which is vital to have for all of us. I now live on a standard 1/4 acre lot--what I can do about that is remove the lawn and replace it with habitat. Nice site:
"Over 40 million acres of non-native lawns cover the US. That's almost the size of Wisconsin." So the point is shifting the way we defined all this in the 1950s suburbs; it doesn't have to be that way; conditions have changed; we can come up with better plans at every level and every environment (rural, suburban, urban); good for us, good for the planet, good for our descendants.
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