I was sent a newsletter from a publication called Tools of the Trade. The article is about residential construction techniques in Japan. I thought the article was interesting from two points of view. One being how new technology and automation is stepping in to keep up with construction. The other, which is a derivative point from the first, there’s a labor shortage out there and it’s going to get worse. Home building and renovation may slow down from time to time but those of us who hang in there are going to have jobs.
The first was produced by an architecture firm and is about the construction of a beach house. The house is nice enough, but what interests me is the part that was shot in the factory where the components of the frame were prefabricated. Both are very interesting videos.