Material (data) Intelligence: Towards a Circular Building Environment

A. Batallé Garcia, Matthew Gordon, Roberto Vargas Calvo, İrem Yağmur Cebeci

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The integration of repurposed material in new construction products generates resiliency strategies that diminish the dependency on raw resources and reduce the CO2 emissions produced by their extraction, transportation, and manufacturing. This research emphasizes the need to expand preliminary data collation from pre-demolition sites to inform early design decisions and proposes a support system for its implementation. Material (data) Intelligence investigates how the merging of artificial intelligence and data analysis could have a crucial impact on achieving widespread material reuse. The first part consists of automating the process of detecting materials and construction elements from pre-demolition sites through drone photography and computer vision. The second part links the resulting database with a computational design tool. This paper strengthens the potential of circular material flows in a digital paradigm and exposes the capability for constructing big data sets of reusable materials, digitally available, for sharing and organizing material harvesting.
Original languageEnglish
Article number088
Pages (from-to)361-370
JournalCAADRIA Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Computer Vision
  • Material Database
  • Automation
  • Reclaimed Material
  • Digitalisation
  • Construction material


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