Concrete and bricks are widely used for construction purposes, and with the wide usage that they have, there’s also widespread waste of these materials. Designers Youngwoo Park, Hoyoung Lee and Miyeon Kim have attempted to create a solution for reusing the large amount of construction waste with the Return Brick concept.
The designers point to the OECD countries data of 2004 to say that the USA alone produces nearly 569,753 tons of construction waste annually. Needless to say, most of this ends up in landfills. Return Brick concept is a machine designed to reuse the broken bricks. The waste material is crushed and shaped into new bricks with a somewhat Lego-like design, and all prepared for reuse.
Designers of the machine say that the lego-like construction of the bricks would reduce the amount of concrete required to hold them together, thus providing more savings. The machine can create 3-4 bricks simultaneously. There can be doubts on how practical and effective the machine would be, but if it ever gets built, the Return Brick will likely be the slickest brick maker around.