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Essential Reads: The 2021 Lumber Shortage

By Billy Wong | 5/17/21 12:00 PM

As people who design and build wood-framed houses, the sky-high lumber price is a legitimate concern to us because it has a direct impact on construction costs. Although do-it-yourself home improvement projects became popular during the pandemic, such consumer activity is not the main driving force of lumber prices.

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How to Stand Out in a Design Expo

By Billy Wong | 3/11/21 7:42 AM

Are you a student attending your first design expo? Here's how you can stand out, even if you don't have impressive credentials. This article mainly covers the architecture profession, but some of the advice applies to other design disciplines such as interior, graphic, animation, and industrial design.

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Revit Speedrun: What We Can Learn from Repetition

By Billy Wong | 3/1/21 10:30 AM

What is a speedrun? It is nothing more than a race to complete a specific task. Racing driver Sir Lewis Hamilton does speedruns, as does a high school student who can complete Super Mario Brothers in under 300 seconds. Let's explore speedruns to improve efficiency in Revit.

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How Design-Build Benefits Residential Real Estate Development

By Samantha Finken | 2/11/21 2:07 PM

Sometimes, in residential real estate development, the feud between the owner, the architects, and the contractors hosts more drama than the Kardashians.

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Book Review: Architects After Architecture

By Billy Wong | 2/4/21 2:44 PM

The egoist who talks nothing but a linear artistic vision, the employee of an alpha-seeking investor-developer; these descriptions suit some architects, but are despised by most. The variety of contributions by the people featured in Architects After Architecture proves there is more to care about in the built environment than stereotypes.

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Why Architects Don't Need Real-Time Rendering

By Billy Wong | 1/12/21 9:15 AM


If you work in architecture, you might have come across something called "real-time rendering."

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3 Sustainable Building Design Trends of 2021

By Designblendz Team | 1/4/21 10:00 AM

Incorporating eco-friendly elements into architectural designs has continued to grow in popularity over the years. From protecting the environment to saving on energy costs, the benefits of green architecture are endless. 

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Philadelphia's New Development Taxes: What You Need to Know

By Billy Wong | 12/18/20 9:45 AM

In 2019, Philadelphia City Council announced a major change to the 10-year tax abatement for residential development. The 20-year-old program that originally encouraged residential development in the city will drastically reduce incentives for new homeowners and developers—but now they don't go into effect until 2022. Here's what you need to know about the 10-year tax abatement changes and other development tax bills that recently passed.

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The State of Real Estate Development in Philadelphia 2020

By Billy Wong | 12/9/20 9:30 AM

The real estate development scene in Philadelphia remains active despite the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. No matter the neighborhood, construction can be seen on nearly every block. Our team has analyzed available data regarding properties, zoning, and permits to get a clearer picture of the state of development.

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Social Media Tips and Ideas for Construction Companies

By Designblendz Team | 6/10/20 12:59 PM

You may think that social media is the domain of trendy businesses like clothing lines and cafes, but nothing could be further from the truth. Successful social media campaigns are a great way to expand your audience through engaging content and word-of-mouth referrals from happy clients.

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