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Mastering: Autodesk® Revit® Architecture 2011 by James Vandezande, Phil Read, Eddy Krygiel

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Chapter 9. Advanced Modeling and Massing

Nothing is more frustrating than getting into a design program by building the project in Revit only to find out the building is too big and somehow the program still doesn't fit. You think that you've done everything right—walls, floors, rooms, schedules—but somewhere, something is wrong. And you have no idea where to begin to change your design.

Massing is great for avoiding this kind of scenario. By creating the "big" design idea at a macro level, as a mass, you're able to quickly and easily quantify and analyze the results. This allows you to confidently work from general to specific as your design progresses, without starting with actual building elements (which would be too specific too soon anyway). ...

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