The works of Vladimir G. Shukhov have been a topic of academic discourse in the West since the 1990s. Shukhov is now regarded as a pioneer of lightweight construction and as one of the leading proponents of Russian industrial design. However, some areas still require further investigation, including: The international networks that developed the prevailing construction materials and techniques used in Russia in the late techniques used in Russia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Engineering training programs and the exchange of knowledge between Russia and Europe Questions concerning the evolution of theory and the exchange of knowledge including: The relationship between theory and practice; the exchange of ideas, materials and technology between the mechanical engineering and construction sectors; and the development of materials and contemporary theory on support structures. Historic calculation and planning methods, historic building and assembly processes. The proponents, conditions and peculiarities of industrialization that fostered the development of new types of support structures.