Welcome to Construction Physics, a newsletter about the forces shaping the construction industry. With a few exceptions, this newsletter has focused mostly on building construction in the US. It’s what I’m most familiar with, and what I’m most confident in my ability to accurate…
A phenomenon that shows up repeatedly in a variety of production operations is the learning curve. Essentially, the learning curve (also called the exp…
An ongoing goal of this newsletter is to figure out ways to make construction more productive and efficient. One strategy for this I’m currently explor…
We talk a lot around here about construction productivity, and how resistant it is to improvement. We’ve also talked about construction innovation, and…
One interesting thing about the building construction productivity puzzle is that it’s a worldwide phenomenon. Unlike with say, healthcare, or transit,…
Folks have tried over and over again to make construction more efficient by applying lessons from manufacturing. Typically this means producing buildin…
(note: this post is more economics heavy than typical. I do not have any sort of training in economics, so it’s very possible I’ve made a mistake somew…
This newsletter is, broadly, about how the construction industry fits together, and why it’s so hard to improve its efficiency. The reason for this foc…
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