Wyly Wade

Building Eraser: Robot scans structure, then surgically deconstructs it piece by piece, saving steel rebar, stone aggregate and graywater for reuse in new buildings.

English: Pile of broken concrete and rebar.

Demolishing a building is a big, messy pain in the neck. Dynamite is loud and dangerous. Wrecking balls are heavy and dangerous. Why not just get a robot to do the work?

That’s exactly what Omer Haciomeroglu was thinking when he designed the ERO Concrete Recycling robot, one of the winners of IDSA‘s International Design Excellence awards. This Transformer-like device is capable not only of breaking down concrete on the spot but also of pumping out the raw materials and packaging them for reuse. The ERO works in fleets to take down buildings wall-by-wall. And it’s all remarkably clean, especially compared to most dust cloud-laden demolition techniques.


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