On its own, the brick is an unimpressive chunk of clay. Mortared alongside a few thousand of its friends, though, the brick becomes a molecule in the urban ecosystem. Here are 31 photographic odes to the humble brick.
Concrete may be the material of modernity, but brick—mere baked clay blocks—trace back to 5000 BC. For this week's Shooting Challenge, do justice to the brick.
To make a concrete bench, add sand, bacteria, calcium chloride, and some really concentrated pee?
Beer and brick have both been essential to humanity for thousands of years, dual pillars that helped us build the societies we know today. Now, scientists have combined them, fortifying bricks with grains left over from breweries to create bricks that keep a building better insulated. Turns out beer really can keep…
Take the blood of a freshly slaughtered animal. Mix thoroughly with preservatives and sand, pour into square molds, and bake for one hour. Allow to cool—then build your home from the result. No, really.
If you were planning to have a productive start to your work day: forget it. Instead, you're going to spend hours playing with Lego online, because Google has teamed up with the toy maker to release a simulator which allows you build its bricks in Chrome.
What is this sorcery? Lego bricks that can draw? It's like, you know, magic. Colorful sweet magic that I want to lick.
This is certainly the weekend for monster Lego builds. First there was the Battlestar Galactica behemoth early Saturday, and now this afternoon (by way of last Wednesday) we have this 30,000-brick Imperial hanger from The Return of the Jedi.
Using a transparent Lego brick technique I can only describe as amazing, builder Sean Kenney has recreated a reflected skyline in the "glass" on this 10-foot, 65,000-brick Trump International Hotel and Tower monstrosity.
Who wouldn't want to build a minifig fort from a set of concrete blocks made to look like Legos?
You could go to Barcelona and Paris, make out with foreign strangers, and post lots of Facebook photo albums about it. Or, you could check out this enormous, 157 square foot Lego map of the continent. It's at least cheaper.
This gets me back. It happened to me most days, when I was a kid. Sometimes I even pretended I didn't really need the piece, thinking that it would magically appear if the Lego Gods thought I wasn't interested anymore.
If they weren't just a concept, you could spruce up that barren concrete wall with glowing stars, hearts, unicorns—pretty much everything awesome.
Jason Freeny, the designer who brought us that amazing-yet-freaky minifig anatomy lesson last October, wants every Lego aficionado to know that there's a huge red brick inside all of you.
Bug Labs, the system of open source gadget building blocks, is getting pico projector, speaker, 3G, combo Bluetooth/WiFi and a 802.15.4 radio module.
Chris and Jared over at Brickmodder rigged up this fantastic diorama of a scene inspired by Iron Man. There's a detail picture of Iron Man after the jump, but you can see from the wide shot that Iron-y is just hanging there, eyeballing that RPG as it gracefully flies past his head before blasting the two terrorists…
Why have a standard white iPod/iPhone dock when you can have a colorful LEGO one? This LEGO dock may look solitary sitting there by itself, but it's friggin' LEGO, so you can use it to build a motorcycle, a dinosaur, or a motorcycle in the shape of a dinosaur (that also syncs your iPod). It's $16 from Korea, but if…