When it comes to the adoption of new technologies, the construction industry is on the conservative end of the spectrum. However, in the past years, buzzwords such as 3D printing, Augmented Reality and Big Data have also penetrated architecture and construction. Technologies which have been rather perceived as toys or entertainment some years ago now show serious global potential to disrupt construction and, thus, our urban landscape.

From inflated expectations to implementation

The following chart displays the amount of online discussion for four key technological trends in construction since the beginning of 2016:


All curves show relatively high values until mid-2017, which remind us of the phase of inflated expectations according to Gartner’s Hype Cycle [1]. This enthusiasm is followed overall slump around the end of 2017. Starting in 2018, all trends have a growing tendency and are frequently discussed in the context of implementation and production use. Drones have the most pronounced curve, which might be an indicator of their huge transformative potential.


The analysis is based on a range of major acknowledged English-language Web blogs and portals on construction and architecture. The following chart lists the resources and shows the average number of daily articles analysed for each resource:

Mention numbers are normalised by the quantity of data available for each time span. The analysis is conducted with Concept Extraction, an algorithm of Natural Language Processing. Anacode’s Concept Extraction uses a self-learning ontology which is updated daily from a continuous stream of new Web data.

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[1] Jackie Fenn , Marcus Blosch. Understanding Gartner’s Hype Cycles. Gartner, 2018.