Today, we finally got to put the interlocking bricks to the test, do they work? Over the past weeks, students worked hand in hand with the help of the engineer and instructors to create designs that accommodated the use of interlocking brick to create furniture. Students split into groups designing either tables, shelves, a grey water treatment system or a french drain. The task helped the students gain an understanding of dimensions of the bricks, how they interlock and ways they can be used to create stable structures. An experience that will be useful in further community design using the bricks.
Benjamin, 2nd year student of Environmental Design at the Faculty of Built Environment, reflects on the experience of pressing bricks:
On 6th june,with the arrival of the machine, we set out to make the compressed earth interlocking brick so that we could become familiar with how the bricks are made and the mix proportions required to make the brick. 61 bricks for a start, that wasn’t so bad!
The students and lecturers spent the morning assembling the machine, sifting the sand and soil, and pressing the first 16 ISSB blocks.