Three emerging trends in the construction industry


Around the world, Covid-19 has taken its toll in many ways, and its deleterious impacts include declining affordability of housing. Celebrated speaker-author and IBM’s “most award-winning engineer” Thomas Frey predicts the trends that offset many of the challenges that the pandemic wrought.


Challenges in the construction industry, including a declining workforce and the cost of materials, combined with some incredible technology and manufacturing breakthroughs, are changing today’s construction sites in ways that will make them unrecognisable in the future. The three trends making the most impact are: modular construction, 3D printing construction, and robotic bricklaying.

Modular construction