Lego blocks for grown-ups
A cool new product hopes to achieve just that, as Ecomat has supersized those familiar building blocks for adults.
The industrial sized interlocking building blocks, made from recycled materials, are designed to build both permanent and temporary structures.
Lightweight and earthquake resistant, they're also supposed to provide good thermal and acoustic insulation.
And, of course, building with them doesn't require any mortar - so construction really is a snap, just like with the small scale variety. As a result, the blogosphere is buzzing with the practical applications for developing countries and emergency situations.
So not only can this product get adults' imaginations soaring (I'm just waiting for someone to try this in a residential setting), but it also could provide relatively quick and inexpensive housing solutions when crises hit.