Jack Monroe, a London based architect has devised a way of combining animal blood with sand to make bricks. His project was to find a more sustainable way of building homes in less developed countries, such as Africa. His project has created some controversy but he defends himself by stating that concrete and steel is not readily available in those countries. They need to use the resources that are economically beneficial to them. Monroe wants to build a prototype house using these ‘blood bricks’ in Egypt.
He used 30 litres of blood to create each brick and mixes the blood with an anti-coagulant and a preservative to keep the blood from rotting.
He bakes the bricks in an oven for an hour but there are still many factors to consider when creating the bricks such as humidity control.