The humble brick road might be set for a come back. This impressive bit of kit by Dutch manufacturer Tiger Stone could make this paving technique of days gone by a viable option for even the most cash strapped of city authorities.
Tiger Stone can pump out a remarkable 400 metres of road a day and can span breadths of up to six metres. The bricks are loaded from above in the desired pattern, compacted by the effects of gravity and layed out as the machine trundles along.
As well making our streets a whole lot prettier, the ancient technique of brick laying could also offer a more sustainable solution to road surfacing than asphalt or concrete.
Sam Dunne is a designer, strategist and writer based in London. Sam is founder of design strategy agency Cohere and Contributing Editor at Core77—reporting broadly on design, technology, food and object culture.