Archives for November 2011

EARTHSHIP: LA NAVE NODRIZA DE LA BIOTECTURA

Hace más de treinta años, Mike Reynolds, un joven arquitecto recién licenciado vio en televisión un reportaje sobre las ingentes cantidades de basura que se generaban en las ciudades norteamericanas. Le impactaron, sobre todo, las imágenes de latas de bebidas tiradas en los parques. Eran los tiempos en los que el verbo “reciclar” no existía más que en el vocabulario de los pioneros activistas del ecologismo pero Reynolds se quedó con la copla y empezó a darle vueltas a la idea de utilizar esos materiales de deshecho para construir casas.

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Old Plastic Bottles Bring Light

By Debra Atlas

Millions of people in the Philippines live in (relative) darkness. The cost of electricity is beyond the means of many, so residents of poorer communities resort to candles or kerosene lamps, which pose serious health and fire hazards.

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Giant mound of tires in SC visible from space

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The sprawling pile of hundreds of thousands of tires isn’t easy to spot from the ground, sitting in a rural South Carolina clearing accessible by only a circuitous dirt path that winds through thick patches of trees. No one knows how all those tires got there, or when.

But, Calhoun County Council Chairman David Summers says of this giant rubber menace, “You can see it from space.”

Authorities have charged one person in connection with the mess of roughly 250,000 tires, which covers more than 50 acres on satellite images. And now a Florida company is helping haul it all away.

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Michael Reynolds, Earthship Creator, circa 1974

Empty steel beer and soft drink cans are used to build experimental housing near Taos, New Mexico, in June 1974. Designer Michael Reynolds stands next to an interior wall in one of the structures. The exterior walls are constructed using eight-can units as building blocks. According to Reynolds, these houses, whose walls require 70,000 cans in all, can be built as much as 20 percent cheaper than conventional homes.(David Hiser/NARA)

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