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In 2016, entrepreneur Elon Musk launched the Boring Company with the goal of one day constructing a large urban network of tunnels.

The company is working on two projects in the Washington, DC region and Los Angeles. It first broke ground on a test site in LA in late 2017.

In order to bore tunnels, construction crews will need to excavate through rock and soil. In late March, Musk tweeted that instead of disposing that leftover earth, he plans to recycle it into interlocking, Lego-style bricks that can be used to build houses and other structures. He tweeted again about these plans on Monday, saying that the bricks will be used for low-income housing.

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When asked how long the construction of a building using the bricks would take, Musk replied that "two people could build the outer walls of a small house in a day or so." It's unclear how much the bricks would cost. The first kit will be ancient Egypt-themed, according to Musk.

The Boring Company's site had already hinted at these plans before Musk's tweet, and acknowledges that using rock for bricks is not a new concept.

"Buildings have been constructed from Earth for thousands of years including, according to recent evidence, the Pyramids," the site reads on its FAQ page. "These bricks can potentially be used as a portion of the tunnel lining itself, which is typically built from concrete."

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