While still in the primitive stages of development, the Smart Brick system would use large, high-strength LEGO-esque concrete bricks, complete with studs and hollowed sections that facilitate secure interlocking when stacked. As the above video suggests, they could be assembled with the help of a specially engineered robot arm, which pours a thin layer of adhesive between stacks so as to guarantee the walls are sufficiently insulated.
Only time will tell, but the team behind Smart Brick consulted with numerous experts in the field, including architects and construction teams, who estimate that using them for building material could potentially significantly reduce construction-related energy (thanks to minimal cleanup and efficient delivery methods), cut 50 percent off building costs (minimal labor required), and increase the project completion rates by 80 percent.
But let's be honest, the best thing they have going for them is their LEGO-ness.
Joe McGauley is a senior editor at Supercompressor. He's curious how tenable building a proper home of actual LEGOs is.