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…
Brick has a long history of use as a building material - in one form or another, it’s been in use for thousands of years. And though today brick is mos…
The most common method (or at least the most central example) of construction project delivery is what’s known as “Design Bid Build”. Under this method…
It’s often hard to find valuable academic research on construction - the number of useful papers seems low, beyond just what would be implied by Sturge…
Despite being perceived as a traditional, unchanging industry, construction isn’t immune from the hype of some new technology or idea that’s poised to …
This newsletter is mostly focused on the mechanics of construction - how the parts of a building go together. But construction is just one part of the …
When researching construction, you invariably discover that any new or innovative idea has actually been tried over and over again, often stretching ba…
To a first approximation, every housing unit that gets built in the US is required to have a building permit - a document from the government granting …
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