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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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A Closer Look at Overlay Zoning Districts in Philadelphia

By Billy Wong | 2/17/21 3:18 PM


Overlay zoning districts are like bandages, quick fixes. They address afterthoughts, seldom foresight. When the general zoning codes do not quite apply, overlay districts append or amend development standards. 

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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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How Architecture Affects Your Emotions

By Designblendz Team | 3/17/17 8:19 AM

Imagine an open space with big windows, interesting details, high ceilings, and natural light flooding in. Now picture yourself in a low, dark, and stuffy building. Which one sounds more conducive to productivity and happiness? It's no wonder that architecture can have an impact on your mood.

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