Engineering students design cheap way to build without mortar
BYU engineering students has redesigned a press to make interlocking soil bricks
that could change the way Kenyans build houses giving them 162,000 jobs added in
March, most in 3 years, while American's rot and are unemployed?.America firstNOTKenya .
@BYU support's Obama's daddy?Congratulations. That might be the
stupidest comment ever posted.To say that the needs of others are
ignored until America's needs are met first is unbelievably nieve and utterly
selfish.Even the poorest in America are wealthy compared to those in
as a Conservative i applaud these BYU stuedents!!! this is freaking awesome!!!
help those who can't help themselvs why should we not help others?
environmentally sound and beautiful. They should also consider the techniques of
rammed earth, cob, daub and wattle.
The brick is a better alternative to daub and wattle. The purpose of their
project was to design a better, less expensive interlocking brick so the people
living in a daub and wattle house could afford a better living environment.
It has been very tough years for our country. Millions of our family members,
friends and neighbors have lost their jobs in the great recession. Plummeting
home values closed out what had already been a lost decade of stagnant wages and
rising costs. People are hungry and homeless here. The Elderly suffer greatly.
The disabled suffer.
Apostrophes are not used to form plurals. It should be "Americans first," not
"American's first." If you write it that way, I would think, "American's first
I am sure those who are in need of mud bricks in America can get them before
those in Kenya.
as a disabled American I can assure you that I do not suffer as much as someone
with my condition in Kenya.
Let's try to keep on the subject.It's great to see students applying
their education in "concrete" ways and working on a project that has the
potential for so much good. It will probably be the best homework assignment of
their entire educational career! What a fine university engineering department
to foster such innovation among young students.
I don't think that America First vs. Kenya first is an issue. In this case they
aren't mutually exclusive. I'm sure Americans can access the research and learn
how to make or obtain the system to produce these blocks from dirt. I might do
so myself, looks like a pretty good idea.
Nobody should ever discount the benefits for the United States in foreign policy
and international regard when it comes to doing good works abroad. Moreover,
much of our foreign aid acts, at least in part, as US economic policy by
shipping U.S. built products or agricultural surplus, thus supporting jobs and
farmers here. Were more Americans to do good abroad, anti-Americanism would be
far less attractive and we might well be able to do with far less in military
spending. Plus, the press might well be manufactured in the U.S. - benefiting
both counties. The truth is that we often do well when doing good. So, good for
BYU (and that's from a Ute).
Thanks for entrepreneurs like Louis Pope who use their MBA degrees, business
skills, and spiritual faith to make a better world for others, not just
themselves. I was there at the BYU event last week and was blown away at the
superb technologies these students are applying to accelerate innovation,
improve the quality of life in society, and foster international good will.
Simply looking inward to our own nation has always led to negative results.
Developing new technologies for narrow self-interest is seldom fulfilling. The
path to peace and global good will is through education and applied research.
They are precisely the ways to a better life for humankind. As a worldwide
pilgrim who travels across the globe, I see so much goodness in all cultures.
The power is in us to do many positive things of our own free will, drawing on
our highest motives, living our best values as a society. Thank you Louis,
engineering students, and BYU faculty mentors. May you be blessed for having the
courage to pursue high standards of excellence in your professions while at the
same time improving village life for families in Kenya.
Thank you BYU and Louis Pope for this great project! I was in Southern Sudan
last year where I met natives who made 20,000 mud bricks by hand to build a
school and church for their people. These people have only one meal a day but
are willing to work their hearts out for their families, their neighbors and
their religion. How can I obtain one of these machines to send to them?
I would like to propose a structure built here in Utah at Safe Haven using their
press and our soil. I know how to use their block to build a tectonically and
thermally stable wall quickly with no mortar. I will be calling to suggest it to
them. I think they have done a great job!!