Welcome to Construction Physics, a newsletter about the forces shaping the construction industry. “There are hundreds of shop-fabricated house building schemes, all technically more promising than the hand-to-mouth methods now current on the building sites. Why do these technical ideas, in the United States, for instance, seem largely to stay in the scheming stage instead of giving us a splendid show of contest in the broad field? Although the grandstands are crowded to the point of collapse, the track is not yet open.” - Richard Neutra, 1950
This is hugely informative and interesting. Thank you for putting it all together.
Awesome intro, thanks, especially re nearly identical building framing systems for so long.
Do you think many of those 3.3m construction companies in Europe (incl Russia) were defunct at time of writing? (Today that estimate is 3.7m.) That number simply feels too off for Europe's population.
Hi Brian, love the newsletter. It's been two years now since you started this publication. I have to ask, has it changed your view after all the research and discovery? Are you any more or less optimistic (or pessimistic!) than when you started?