Well architects don’t do this sort of a thing, meddling with the science of construction material, engaging in chemical processes to create their own building substance. Nonetheless, Ginger Krieg Dosier broke the fraternal tenet and did just that to create stuff which even the greatest of the designers, shelving utopian designs then and now, gave amiss. The young American architect, bio-manufactured a brick, that could help reduce CO2 emissions by at least 800 million tons a year.
The Better Brick is produced by layering sand with common bacteria, calcium chloride, and urea. Microbes in the sand react with that mixture, forming a glue that binds the sand together to create a brick as strong as fire clay brick or even marble. Ginger felt the urge to search an alternative to traditional coal powered brick-kiln method of manufacturing bricks which causes pollution equivalent to all the airplanes in the world.
While the new brick presents countless design possibilities, there are pressing hurdles in large scale production of this brick. Firstly, this brick making process is very slow compared to kiln method and secondly bio brick pollutes sine the chemical processes release ammonia and end even nitrous oxide.