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We are real estate developers. We created this site to learn from other developers & the architects, engineers, urban planners, lawyers, and financiers with whom we partner to create places.

Where it all started

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Shovels in the Ground

Shovels in the Ground

The idea for a building often starts in spreadsheets, in the language of finance. But it will be constructed in…

Artificial Inspiration

We talk with Max Komnenich and Ruben Hanssen about the applications for AI-generated imagery in design work. They focus particularly…
Making it Pop

Making It Pop

Jim Baney is a principal at SchulerShook, one of the world’s leading lighting designers, and once the sun is down,…
No Safety Nets

No Safety Nets

Once your development project has items like construction plans and city approval in place, you can often find investors and lenders…
There is No Theory

There Is No Theory

So you’re a real estate developer, but you want your work to be informed by the best that architecture has…
The Art of Simplicity

The Art of Specificity

Take a deep-dive into construction contracts and how they must be crafted to minimize our risk.

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The Birth of a Building

An introduction to aspects of finance, law, urban planning, architecture, engineering, and construction which underlie this fascinating event.

“Jargon-free, educated, and packed with relevant analogies–highly recommended for anyone who wants to be a developer.”

Dr. Andrew Baum

Professor

“This is the perfect text for an introductory course. It’s a clear, concise, and relevant summary of the development process.”

Lauren Loften

Lecturer

“…Ben has captured the wisdom of several disciplines and shared those insights in an accessible, enjoyable way. I highly recommend it!”

Jamie Luque

Associate Professor

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