Looking at the tools we use today — social media, chat, email, and more — to think about a more engaged and fruitful digital experience around community.

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The Bldg App is an online bulletin to work with your community and turn ideas into public action. Our Medium page explores the core ideas and research behind our work, partnerships, and vision for communal impact.

The term “engagement” has surged to the forefront of public debate in recent years, being upheld as a defining factor of a new project or initiative’s success. Today, a public decision without engagement seems almost despotic and…


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A Platform to Support Aid and Collaboration

Over the last few weeks, our daily lives have been completely flipped upside down. We’re all collectively striving to keep safe and healthy during unprecedented circumstances. While most of our days are now spent in isolation, there has never been a more important time to connect and rally alongside your local community. Today, we need to mobilize our time and resources in order to ensure that our neighbors and fellow citizens have what they need to get through this.

We launched the beta version of the Bldg App just a few weeks before the Coronavirus reached the U.S., and our…


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A Tale of Two Cities

In November 2018, New York was hit with the massive news that Amazon had confirmed its move into Long Island City. This plan brought with it the prospects of massive job growth, expedited development of one of the lesser frequented areas of the city, next-gen industry and education, and so much else. New York’s version of Silicon Valley has always been lacking in relation to California’s tech culture, so the idea of bringing in a giant like Amazon would mean making up a lot of lost ground.


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If there’s anything blockchain’s ethic of decentralization is trying to do, it’s, well… combating centralization.


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Last week, our leadership team was invited to host a webinar by TQ Tezos as part of the blockchain hackathon by CoinList and IDEO. Our workshop, “Blockchain Blunders & Designing the Perfect User Experience,” was aimed to educate new entrepreneurs looking to incorporate strategies of good UI into their products. Valuing good design is one of those necessities that is hard to articulate but terribly self-evident when it's missing. And luckily, after a few years of trial and error in the blockchain industry, companies are beginning to realize the importance of good design.

If you missed the online webinar, you…


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When our team first started reporting on creative blockchain projects in through The Creative Crypto, we had a keen eye on how the tokenized economy would affect the building development and real estate sectors. If blockchain and cryptocurrencies were all about accessibility, transparency, equity, and participation, the implications would be revolutionary for the client-based niche of architectural practice and the impossibly high financial bar of real estate investing. Much of building industry is both inaccessible and ineffectual, which makes the entire ecosystem a pay-to-play situation.

And just over the last couple of years we are beginning to see major shifts…


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From Investing to Impact

A few weeks back, we saw Facebook take the stage in front of the US Senate and Congressional committees to lay the case for Libra, their proposed cryptocurrency. The hearings were laden with interrogations and accusations, but the silver lining in the affair was the discussion on crypto’s current and potential impact on the world. Surprisingly, the committee was more concerned with Facebook’s corporate reach than it was the abilities and values that blockchain brings to Libra.

This is a big leap in decentralized tech and is increasingly being treated by the public as having core intrinsic value. With the…


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Welcome to the first public update on the development of BLDG BLOX! With a great deal of the initial foundation of company growth covered, we’re excited to start off with monthly public updates on the status of the project and all related activities.


The (not so) unprecedented growth of kickstarted cities

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In our last article, we began introducing the recent phenomenon of crowdfunding in the building development space. We looked at the market-shifting benefits that crowdfunding has on emerging and new businesses, with a critical eye towards the friction that occurs when that structure is applied to physical structures and longer project timelines. Despite the presence of Kickstarter-esque platforms for the last decade, there have been surprisingly few examples of successful campaigns and exponentially fewer that involve the bootstrapping of a complete building.

Understanding the past precedents and attempts on these centralized funding platforms is essential to establishing a new system…


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Architecture operates almost exclusively by way of client-based relationships. This actually sets the profession apart from other industries, making an architect or urban designer unable to practice without the aid of someone with deeper pockets and empty properties. This is of course largely due to the financial gravity of buildings, the need for intensive resources, and specific conditions for its very existence, naturally limiting the capacity of a profession that is unable to operate autonomously.

It is very rare to witness the creation of a project on an architect’s own accord or in any manner that doesn’t involve a wealthy…

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