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Philippines Windship Finishing Hit February, 2015.

Philippines Windship Finishing Hit February, 2015.

Help the Earthship team bring it home.
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Nightly Rentals

Nightly Rentals

Unique, fully furnished homes to experience completely sustainable, off-grid living.
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Easter Island Earthship Music School

Easter Island Earthship Music School

Build a flower design Earthship to be used as a music school with free classes for local children on Easter Island.
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Earthship Academy

Earthship Academy

Extensive training in Earthship design principles, construction methods and philosophy
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Earthship workshops in Seattle – Update

It’s been 3 weeks now. The progress has been slower than anticipated, as we’re still working on the tire wall, but we’ve had great work parties and made new friends. We have also been sourcing other materials as we’ve used more than we anticipated and needed to adapt as the project progressed.

We’re still focusing heavily on building with recycled & natural materials, finding creative ways to use garbage, and relying on the community to make the whole thing happen.

So far, the cost of the project is $0.

For more info about the project, if you had not heard of it before, check out our original event description: http://earthship.com/blogs/2014/08/earthship-workshops-seattle/

 

Updated Timeline

The 3 Phases are still there, namely Phase 1 – Tire wall; Phase 2 – Roof; Phase 3 – Front face.

We still have a few days worth of work on Phase 1, and then we will be working on Phase 2 and 3 at the same time.

There has been some activity every single day since September 1st, and we need to plan for a day off here and there.

So, if you want to volunteer, please email Florian and Roxanne at least 24 hours in advance. If you don’t have their email address yet, then please check the Registration section below.

 

Registration

To sign up, send an email to contact@earthshipseattle.org with “trash studio” and your full name in the subject line. For instance: “trash studio / Florian Becquereau” as the subject.

Provide the following information:

  • Full name
  • Email address
  • City of residence
  • Which day(s) you want to come volunteer. Please consider volunteering on week days if you can.
  • What you can contribute from our wishlist for tools and materials (click here). (not mandatory but greatly appreciated)
  • What team you’d like to be in: building (that’s what most people will be doing), documenting (photos, videos, blog articles, short documentaries….), cooking (Roxanne might welcome some help; you can either contribute food or help cooking). Even if you can’t attend the events, helping us with tools or materials is a great way to be part of this project.
  • Some more info about you, including a few words about your past experiences with building/volunteering/sustainability, etc. (no experience necessary).

Please make sure to communicate with us about which tools or materials you can contribute before bringing them to the site. There is very little space, so we can only store what we can use, and we might not be able to store items for Phase 2 until Phase 1 is completed. If you want to lend tools and get them back later, we’ll try our best to accommodate, but since there will be a lot of volunteers rotating on the build, we cannot promise that your tool won’t be broken or lost.

 

What to bring

Please look at our material and tool wishlist and let us know (i.e. by email) if you can help with any of that. Monetary donations can also be made. Since we haven’t incurred any monetary cost yet, and we’re trying to keep it this way, you could simply make a monetary pledge (i.e. make a donation only if/when we have to buy something).

If you’re going to volunteer in the construction:

Wear clothes and shoes that you don’t mind ruining.

Bring a water bottle.

Bring a pair of working gloves.

 

No drugs or alcohol on site!

 

Access to the site

The site is in walking distance from the Columbia City Light Rail station. There is no parking at the site. So, you’re on your own for parking. Please consider using public transportation. As this is a private residence, the address will be sent only to volunteers who are properly registered.

 

Contact us

The best way to reach us is to send an email to contact@earthshipseattle.org. Roxanne (Project Owner) or Florian (Project Manager) will get back to you. You can also contact us via Earthship Seattle’s Facebook page or Meetup group, or via this specific project’s Facebook page.

Earthship permits in Australia

And Earthship Australia is live on the youtube!

First up – Martin Freney talkin plans, permits and how to go about getting your Earthship project off the ground!

More talks to come so bookmark that channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ya35qhevdxo

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Regenerative Lifestyles Tour & Retreat: September 12-14

September 12th-14th, 2014. Regenerative Lifestyles in collaboration with Earthship Biotecture will be having a weekend retreat and tour at the Greater World Community. Regenerative Lifestyles is a company co-founded by Mike Wird one of Earthship Biotecture’s first academy graduates. Along with the retreat and tour there will also be a night of music at Taos Mesa Brewing with Denver Hiphop group The Soul Pros and special guests. This is the crossroads where biotecture, urban music, art and culture meet. A rare opportunity. See flyer for more info, to register visit. http://denverearthship.com/product-category/tours/

Earthship workshops in Seattle

This is Florian from Earthship Seattle. I’m very excited to announce the first actual build to happen in Seattle!

We are inviting the community for a series of workshops where you will get to practice Earthship construction, led by a group of Earthship Academy students.

The land owner, Roxanne, is very much aligned with Earthship Seattle’s vision of raising awareness about Earthships and tackling the obstacles that stand between people in Washington state and their Earthship dream. She also intends to use it as a teaching tool for local students, so they can explore innovative ways to think about recycling and housing.

This project has just emerged on the horizon and it is really exciting to see all the interest, questions and comments that we have received on Facebook during the first 24 hours.

Now’s the time to answer all your questions around this exciting project.

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Earthship Philippines – Windship 1st Hit Recap

Recap video of the Windship construction in the Philippines to function as a typhoon resistant structure as well as a school building for the local community.  Includes interviews with the Earthship crew, volunteers, locals and partnering organizations, Earth Village Project and One Block for Batug.

 

 

Since this build last February, there has been much interest from government officials and the Department of Education to replicate the Windship design throughout the region. Read More

Australia Workshop

Earthship Australia invites you to a hands-on and informative weekend of workshops and seminars on sustainable design principles.

By the end of the weekend you will be equipped with practical experience, and a broad understanding of the challenges and processes for building and renovating alternative natural building designs in South-East Australia.

Hear from natural building experts, architects, planners, engineers, building designers and tradespeople. Then learn how to build a reciprocal roof and tyre retaining wall sculpture. By the end of the weekend, you’ll be moving bush and going off grid! Maybe not quite – but almost. Read More

Not In Your Guidebook: Earthship Lands Besides Lubaantun Maya Site in Southern Belize

Last weekend, on the very last day of the weekend long Belize Chocolate Festival, we took a shuttle bus down the mile long path to the Lubaantun Maya Site in the Toledo District of Belize.  Huge trees and greenery was pretty much all we were seeing until just before the ruins – this sign.

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Ummm.  Earthship Belize.  And the view of an odd adobe-like structure behind some brush.   What the heck is that?  There is a sign…it must be open to the public.  Maybe.  Surely there could not be attack dogs.  There is a sign!

We kept going (we were on a shuttle bus) but I made note to check this out on our exit… Read More

Building Belize’s First Earthship Alongside the Mayan Ruins

Earthship Belize
Phil Moore | Monday, 15th October 2012 | from permaculture.co.uk

Belize’s first Earthship lies within sight of the Maya ruins of Lubaantun in the south of the country, creating a wonderful juxtaposition between ruined civilization and new ecological design

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Renegade architect Mike Reynolds and his crew began construction in March 2012. Commissioned by an ex-pat British family, the building is situated on a huge piece of land with a cacao farm, an important and popular crop in this part of the world.

Richard and Alisa arrived in Belize two years ago having lived in Scotland, Spain, and Mexico with their three children. Now settled with three dogs, three cats, and an army of chickens most of the building work is being done by locals employed from the nearby village of San Pedro Colombia. The Maya crew headed by Cessaerio were taught the ropes by Mike and his team and there are plans to use the tyres and bottle brick approach to create a rain water catchment system for the village school. Read More

Aquaponics Prototype

for Global Mobile Earthships

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Earthship lands in southern Alberta

Herald photo by Ian Martens Workers and volunteers help with the construction of an 1,800-square-foot earthship home, designed to be an off-grid, self-sustaining dwelling, earlier this week at a site along the Little Bow River east of Carmangay. An open house is scheduled Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

By Lethbridge Herald on July 23, 2014.

Nick Kuhl
Lethbridge Herald
nkuhl@lethbridgeherald.com
It’s an 1,800-square-foot, three-bedroom home with an unusual floor plan and a sweeping south-facing view toward the Little Bow River out of large glass windows.
Its final cost, estimated at between $350,000 and $400,000, would be comparable to a similar-sized unit in an average Canadian urban community.
But when it’s completed in a few weeks, Glen and Dawn Kinney’s soon-to-be retirement house, located about 70 kilometres from Lethbridge and 30 kilometres east of Carmangay, will basically run itself.
The home, called an earthship for its design, will maintain a consistent temperature of between 19 C and 22 C year-round, with no added heating or cooling, and have a of cost of only about $150 per year for utilities.
The back wall was constructed with more than 800 tires encased in mortar to create thermal mass, while the side walls, with a similar concept, utilized more than 12,000 beer cans. Read More