UCT’s urine bio-brick on display at Vienna museum

Posted by Gabrielle Jacobs on 22 August 2019

A research team from the University of Cape Town (UCT) will be showcasing its eco innovation – a ‘bio-brick’ made from urine – at an Austrian art museum as part of the Vienna Biennale for Change 2019.

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From left, Dr Dyllon Randall and his students, Vukheta Mukhari and Suzanne Lambert. Image: Robyn Walker.

In 2018 Dr Dyllon Randall, of UCT’s Department of Civil Engineering, and his students presented the world’s first bio-brick ‘grown’ from human urine. The resulting bio-brick boasts innovative use of waste materials, which the team demonstrated could be used for building materials.

The pioneering bio-brick will showcase this South Africa’s innovation at the Vienna-based Museum of Applied Arts’ Design Lab – a floor in the museum dedicated to contemporary design.

UCT’s urine bio-brick will be on loan to the Vienna museum for four years, but arrived in time for the Vienna Biennale exhibition, which opened on 28 May and runs until 6 October 2019.

The Vienna Biennale is the first event of its kind to combine art, design and architecture with the aim of generating creative ideas and artistic projects to help improve the world.

For more information on the world’s first bio-brick made from human urine, go here.

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