Aline Saarinen might be the most influential American architecture critic you’ve never heard of. So well-known was Saarinen that her fame and status were taken for granted by TV Guidewhen it published an interview with her in 1970 titled “Why is Aline Saarinen a Cultural Institution?” She had already been the art critic for theNew … Continue reading World class architecture made accessible from every living room – Aline Saarinen
California will require that all residential housing comply with zero net energy requirements beginning in 2020. My own personal conversations with many of the builders in Southern California points to a real reluctance — if not outright denial, in some cases — about meeting those goals. Patrick Sisson, writing for Curbed, reports that across North … Continue reading 33% Increase in Zero Net Energy homes in 2016 from previous year
Financial Times' Matthew Klein has proposed an interesting alternative theory about the skilled labor shortage in the US that has impacted all sectors of the construction industry, but especially the residential market. He posits that by looking at homebuilding data in Japan, the implication is that the US isn't facing a labor shortage so much … Continue reading Why is Japan’s construction industry substantially more productive than that of the US?
The more things change, in some way, the more things seem to stay the same. One of the constants in my ongoing education as a marketer in the legal industry is the sage advice of Ed Poll's LawBizBlog. A recent post of Ed's tackles the perennial subject of technology's impact on labor markets. Specifically, as … Continue reading The Value of Human Capital in the increasingly technology-dependent legal industry
A short while back, I had a chance to meet an extraordinary young man named Brandon Andrews. As he was transitioning out of the Navy SEALs, he launched a new company called Trident CM LLC, with the brilliant idea to recruit former SEALs to provide construction quality management on DOD projects. In the built environment, … Continue reading Lessons learned from the Navy SEALs on what “resilience” really means for the built environment