Beneficial Reuse of the Day: Cow Blood Construction

Just what it sounds like.

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JS Munro

How do architects celebrate Halloween?

By building things out of blood.

Seriously, though. J.S. Munro, a 2012 graduate of London's University of Westminster, is transforming one of the world's waste materials into a construction tool: cow blood and sand into bricks. There's plenty more information on his construction techniques on his website.

His final project, Sanguis et Pulvis, for a brick-making factory in the Egyptian desert, won him first prize in university. That project involves casting the blood-brick material over a sand dune and letting the sand drift away, creating a sheltered space beneath. The technique, he thinks, would be particularly useful in desert climates where water is in short supply.

Via DVice.

Top image courtesy JS Munro, via Architizer.

About the Author

  • Henry Grabar is a freelance writer and a former fellow at CityLab. He lives in New York.