Mini-plants: contractor’s independence or waste of money
The Russian construction industry is facing the same hardships as the economy on the whole. Because of reductions in financing, construction of new objects has decreased and the work on some incomplete objects has been put on hold. Of course, the demand for construction materials, including such fundamental materials as concrete, has fallen. In these circumstances, mini-plants producing custom-made concrete are in growing demand.
Polymeric tubes: the situation at the market
Nobody is unfamiliar with polymeric tubes, though there is some doubt as to their safety and lifespan. We are used to steel tubes, and it’s difficult to convince the common man to replace his corroded steel tubes with polymeric ones.
PVC window profile market: nobody wants to give up
PVC products appeared in the Russian market at the beginning of the millennium and are now commonplace. Of course, the most widespread product in this sector is PVC profiles for window production.
Ceramic versus limestone bricks: which will win?
Ceramic brick sales have been growing recently and limestone brick sales are noticeably declining (although more than half of all houses in Russia are built with them). What’s the reason for this, our correspondent asks.
Copy of Architect Nickolai Shumakov: now it’s the museums’ turn to be in the malls’ backyard
If you ask an architect what architecture can do, he will immediately answer: Everything! Good architecture can provide for a town’s prosperity, but bad architecture can cause urban decay. There are lots of examples. We talked with the President of the Moscow Architects’ Union, Nickolai Shumakov, about the role of architecture and architects in the life of a town or city.