BYU engineering students build bricks for Kenya

Engineering students design cheap way to build without mortar

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  • Empower
    Aug. 26, 2010 9:50 p.m.

    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!!

  • Scott R. Jenkins
    April 6, 2010 2:07 p.m.

    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?

  • Warner Woodworth
    April 5, 2010 8:34 p.m.

    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.

  • false choice
    April 3, 2010 2:18 p.m.

    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).

  • Not Karl
    April 3, 2010 9:29 a.m.

    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.

  • Doodles
    April 3, 2010 7:37 a.m.

    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.

  • dj
    April 2, 2010 11:37 p.m.

    as a disabled American I can assure you that I do not suffer as much as someone with my condition in Kenya.

  • re: American's first
    April 2, 2010 10:09 p.m.

    I am sure those who are in need of mud bricks in America can get them before those in Kenya.

  • To American's first
    April 2, 2010 9:22 p.m.

    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 what?"

  • American's first
    April 2, 2010 8:21 p.m.

    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.

  • Anonymous
    April 2, 2010 3:47 p.m.

    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.

  • Earth building is ...
    April 2, 2010 3:33 p.m.

    environmentally sound and beautiful. They should also consider the techniques of rammed earth, cob, daub and wattle.

  • Jake
    April 2, 2010 3:15 p.m.

    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?

  • Dave
    April 2, 2010 2:44 p.m.

    @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 Kenya.

  • BYU support's Obama's daddy?
    April 2, 2010 11:37 a.m.

    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 first


    Kenya .