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WSU Researchers Get Grant for Drywall Bricks

Researchers from Washington State University announced that they received a commercialization grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. The two-year grant will support the development of...


Scientists Use Polymer Coating to 'Power' Bricks

Chemists from Washington University, in St. Louis, have reportedly developed a method to make or modify “smart bricks,” that they say can store energy until required for powering devices. Th...


Researchers Look at Bacteria for Living Bricks

Researchers at University of Colorado Boulder recently published a study in the journal Matter that describes a new approach to designing more sustainable buildings.


Researchers Create Drywall Bricks for Housing

A team from Washington State University recently announced that it has developed a building system made from “low-value construction waste.”


Updated Renderings of $1.1B TX Field Released

Officials of the MLB's Texas Rangers recently released updated renderings of the anticipated $1.1 billion venue, along with details on materials companies that will be used on the project.


OR Delays Unreinforced Building Warning Requirement

The Portland City Council (Portland, Oregon) recently voted a delay to mandate posted warning signs on unreinforced brick and stone buildings. This vote delays regulations until November 202...


Elon Musk Files Permits for CA Brick Store

Billionaire Elon Musk is officially moving forward with his plans to sell bricks made from tunnel waste, a byproduct of one of his other ventures, The Boring Company, which will be celebrati...


Researchers Create Bio-Bricks Out of Urine

Researchers from the University of Cape Town’s civil engineering program have created the first bio-brick grown from human urine, signaling progress in innovation.


Apartments Designed to Recall Gasholders

Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo recently converted a former gasworks in Hilversum, located in the Netherlands, into a residential area that features cylindrical apartment buildings reminisce...


University Robot Creates 'Intelligent' Bricks

Architect and senior lecturer Christian Lange, based out the University of Hong Kong, recently spearheaded the development of a robot that creates “intelligent” bricks that could reduce air ...


Elon Musk Plans to Make Bricks

Billionaire Elon Musk's Boring Company’s boring activities are slated to have an additional benefit—dredging up dirt to be used for bricks for lost-cost housing.


Art Installation Features Dissolving Bricks

An art installation off the coast of South Korea aims to illustrate how materials can interact with nature and how rain can literally wash everything away.


A Tear in the Wall

Ripping a phone book in half is a classic strongman routine, but one U.K. artist is going a notch further, "tearing" a wall of bricks in two for the sake of art.


Dryvit Debuts a Brick Alternative

Dryvit Systems Inc. has launched a new brick product billed as a game-changer when it comes to installation productivity and design options for multi-story buildings.


Brick Cleaner Removes Grime Without Water

A new cleaner from Cathedral Stone Products Inc. (Hanover, MD) removes dirt from brick and stone with the help of just a wet sponge, according to the manufacturer.


Five Balconies Collapse in New York

Authorities are investigating what caused multiple balconies to collapse Tuesday morning at an aging apartment complex in Long Island, NY.


Razing Proposal Incites Furor, Probe

Plans to demolish an historic mercantile building to make way for a five-story Marriott hotel has sparked controversy in Missoula, MT.


Brick Facade Crumbles, Injures 4

Four people were injured and dozens more were evacuated Thursday (March 3) when a portion of a brick facade broke apart from a mural-painted apartment building and crashed onto the roof of a...


NYC Facade Falls Amid Storm

A portion of a Verizon building in New York City crashed down during a powerful storm that pummeled the area overnight Wednesday (Feb. 24), according to various news outlets.


Crumbling Facade Leads to Violation

New York City Building officials have issued a violation after a section of a 35-story building façade crumbled, sending hundreds of bricks tumbling to the ground below Monday (Dec. 7) eveni...


New Shake-Absorbing Brick on the Block

A newly developed building material may help buildings stand strong in the face of an earthquake.


Aging Lighthouse Gets Fresh Coat

At 186 years old, Michigan's oldest operating lighthouse has recently received a facelift.


New Coat Helps Keep the Light On

Nearly surrounded by four of the Great Lakes, Michigan is reported to have the most lighthouses of any state in the U.S.


Satin Finish Made for Masonry

Benjamin Moore & Co. has added a masonry coating formulated for commercial and residential applications to its line of Ultra Spec paints.


Laying Down 1,000 Bricks an Hour

PERTH, AUSTRALIA--The Emperor Hadrian sure could have used the bricklayer Hadrian.


Bot Can Build a House in 2 Days

PERTH, AUSTRALIA--Bricklayers, are you ready to meet your match ... or maybe your replacement?


Olympic Rolls Out Stucco Paint

PITTSBURGH—Olympic Paint has introduced a 100 percent acrylic latex paint and primer product formulated for use on exterior and interior stucco, masonry and brick.


Olympic Rolls Out Exterior Primer/Paint

Olympic Paint has launched a low-VOC, latex paint-and-primer combination for use on exterior wood, brick, concrete and other surfaces.


Brick Home Melts in London

Some things are destined to melt: Ice, butter, snow and hearts…but what about houses?


Bricklayer Gets 3rd OSHA Strike

A Pennsylvania contractor with a history of safety infractions and unpaid fines is facing new penalties topping $100,000 for serious hazards at two different worksites.


Developer Toys with a Smarter Brick

What looks and connects like a LEGO, but is reportedly strong enough to use for real-life bridge construction?


Smart Brick Has a Leg Up on LEGO

Lighter, tighter, stronger buildings could be on the way if a LEGO look-alike brick receives funding for full-scale production.


Sawdust Fires up a Greener Brick

A combination of new technologies—and a whole lot of sawdust—has enabled Australia’s largest brick producer to turn out what it calls the first carbon-neutral brick.


Brick Billed as Carbon-Neutral First

Australia’s largest brick producer has unveiled what it calls the first carbon-neutral brick—thanks, in large part, to a novel use for local sawdust.


Hospital Cleanup Draws $2.3M Fine

Federal authorities have shut down and fined an intensive cleanup project at an old psychiatric hospital complex in New York, following complaints about dangerous lead and asbestos practices...


‘Mysterious’ Developer Fined $2.3M

Abandoned a generation earlier, the 80 crumbling brick buildings of the old Harlem Valley Psychiatric Hospital needed to be cleaned up—and fast—for potential investors.


Growing Greener Affordable Housing

Bricks that are grown instead of fired, fire-resistant insulation from fungal waste, and other novel bio-inspired products for the affordable-housing market shared the winners' circle this w...


Gum Wall Eschews its Excess

Seattle’s—or maybe America’s—foulest tourist attraction has finally gotten a bath.


No Pulp Fiction: Bricks of Paper Waste

It may sound unappetizing, but a novel mix of clay, sludge, paper waste and ceramics is producing a new kind of insulating brick that holds potentially significant economic and environmental...


 
 
   

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