At last, we’re finally ready to put together the design for our house. A fully specified design, with every detail and system described, is well beyond…
When researching construction, you invariably discover that any new or innovative idea has actually been tried over and over again, often stretching…
Anyone involved with developing a new building system knows that it’s incredibly difficult to get anyone in the industry to actually use your system…
Why wood has gotten so dang expensive
The housing shortage in the US is a perennially popular topic of conversation for the urbanist crowd (which online includes basically everyone.) The…
Last week the construction startup Katerra declared that it was shuttering it’s US operations, putting another L on the board for Softbank’s Vision…
When trying to think of how construction might be improved, I’ve often reached for a car manufacturing analogy. Cars are large, complex objects that…
Brief update: I’m pleased to announce that I’ve received an Emergent Ventures grant to continue my work on Construction Physics! This will help some…
One of the goals of this newsletter is to figure out ways to improve construction productivity and reduce the costs of construction, particularly…
We talk a lot around here about construction being an inefficient industry. Whereas other industries have shown increasing productivity over time…
Note: This post is an excerpt from a larger report being created by Kabri Construction Research. Thanks to ADL Ventures for contributing some of their…
Buildings sometimes seem as if they’ve been left behind by technological progress. Many, perhaps most, of the systems most buildings are built from…