Scientists at the University of West England (UWE Bristol) are working to develop smart bricks, capable of recycling wastewater and generating electricity, that will be able to fit together to create bioreactor walls. These "living" bricks will be made from bio-reactors containing microbial cells and algae and will be designed to self-adapt to changing environmental conditions.
The bricks will integrated into the 'Living Architecture' (LIAR) project. Professor Andrew Adamatzky, LIAR Project Director for UWE Bristol, explains the significance of these bio-reactor walls:
"A building made from bio-reactors will become a large-scale living organism that addresses all environmental and energy needs of the occupants. Walls in buildings comprised of smart bricks containing bioreactors will integrate massive-parallel computing processors where millions of living creatures sense the occupants in the building and the internal and external environmental conditions.
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