An analysis of the sustainability of an emerging new technology - building houses using 3D printers with robot technology

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In the extant literature, sustainability is typically seen as a dichotomic issue. Any new technology is seen either as sustainable or as unsustainable. In contrast to this widespread view, sustainability should be understood as a continuum. A technology should be analysed in-depth and relevant characteristics of the technology should be identified so that the sustainability effect of each characteristics can be assessed. The sustainability of a technology is the net-effect of the sustainability of its various characteristics. Thus, sustainability is a continuum of different shades of grey between black or white. The implication is that sustainability is dependent on the context. The relative contribution of various characteristics of a technology is different in different contexts. In this study, an emerging new technology - building houses using 3D printers with robot technology - was analysed from the sustainability point of view. Relevant characteristics of this technology were identified and analysed indepth.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManaging Technology for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth
Subtitle of host publication28th International Association for Management of Technology (IAMOT) 2019 Conference
EditorsJain Karuna, Shirish Sangle, Ruchita Gupta, Jinil Persis, R. Mukundan
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Management of Technology - Mumbai, India
Duration: 7 Apr 201911 Apr 2019
Conference number: 28


ConferenceInternational Conference on Management of Technology
Abbreviated titleIAMOT

    Research areas

  • 3D Printing, Robots, Construction Industry, Sustainability, Regulation

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