Broken Bricks Makes Lego Dreams

Concrete is a valuable resource yet we burn thru it like it’s free air so companies around the world are looking for ways to make concrete “greener” and sustainable. Last week I heard about concrete made from hemp so the future is bright but what about all the concrete we have now? There is a solution. The Broken Bricks recycling machine turns any old concrete into new Lego-like bricks for use in numerous applications. It’s pretty well thought out and I’m sure our construction mavens would love to pile these life sized toys together.

Designers: Youngwoo Park, Hoyoung Lee & Miyeon Kim

[youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GXcp00bsjU 605 455]

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Return Brick – Broken Bricks Recycle Machine by Youngwoo Park, Hoyoung Lee & Miyeon Kim

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16 Comments

  • RobHimself says:

    A good idea in theory, but the reason bricks are flat and don’t have the Lego style connectors is to allow the installer to level and straighten them. There are too many variables on-site to be able to use a brick that doesn’t allow for any corrections and leeway in the installation process. Make a traditional style brick with mortar cavities and this might be a good concept.

  • Ja says:

    what exactly the size of the machine? i couldnt even spot it? Its form appears like a small domestic carpet autocleaner.

  • karl says:

    Yeah, I agree Ja, and it shouldn’t look like it does. Needs to be dewalted, not ipodded.

  • The Wise Fool says:

    This is ridiculous. The better way to recycle is to crush and use as aggregate in another concrete mixture. This process is commonly used for larger demolition projects.

  • The Wise Fool says:

    This is ridiculous. The better way to recycle is to crush and use as aggregate in another concrete mixture. This process is commonly used for larger demolition projects.

  • JO says:

    Hi there. We are a New Zealand based documentary television series looking to interview the designers of Return Brick: Designers: Youngwoo Park, Hoyoung Lee & Miyeon Kim. Our show travels the world looking at interesting people and products all to do with Sustainability. ANY help finding these designers would be greatly appreciated. We are filming now (May 2012) until December 2012. Please reply to this thread with any leads you may have. Thanks very much. Jo of Jam TV in New Zealand.

  • leon says:

    Doesn’t take advantage of economy of scale.

    The idea its a $50 gadget seems weird, what, do we just leave it on the footpath and it picks up little bits of bricks to make new bricks ? No we have an entire building demolished, we need to move the bricks right away !.

    Yes you can crush them onsite, but this creates a lot of dust, and people get worried about dust… people with respiratory problems may feel scared of the dust… And anyway, the landfills have building waste separate now, if you can recycle brick cheap, go to it in LARGE SCALE !

  • T.W.G says:

    not much people commented about this “Return Brick” thing.

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