Archives for April 2012

Earthship tire wall goes through an earthquake

from Earthship Chile

I’m from Chile two weeks ago we had an earthquake of 6/7 richter, our tire wall stand without problems and our wall is just tires no concrete on it … enough evidence for me that Earthships are earthquake-proof .

Sorry about my English not mi native language hope you understand.

Greetings from Chile.
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Ubuntu Blox

from haiti.communitere.org

The Ubuntu Blox concept was invented by Harvey Lacey of Texas, USA. The project was taken up by Haiti Communitere in October 2011 as a means for community outreach, and is currently being run by Tim Overton and Roxanne Duigou, two dedicated volunteers from Canada. The Ubuntu Block project is serving a dual purpose – to clean up the streets and build up the city.

The Ubuntu team are implementing street clean-ups and rubbish collection points to take Styrofoam food containers and film plastic out of the canals and drains around Port-au-Prince to repurpose as building materials. The materials are packed into rice bags and compressed into uniformly sized building blocks using a manual compression machine. The lightweight, flexible nature of the blocks makes them far more earthquake resistant than typical brick or concrete structures. A model Ubuntu home was recently tested for seismic resistance, and passed a simulated 8.2 earthquake with minimal damage.

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A month-long community training session began on March 5 at the Resource Center with a group of 24 women from Cite Soleil, teaching the entire Ubuntu process including collection strategies, cleaning methods, using the machine and building structures. Cite Soleil experiences a disproportionate amount of backlash from trash filled canals, since the food containers from more affluent communities collect there on their way out to the ocean, which is why this community has been chosen to pilot the Ubuntu training. Each daily session is aimed at building awareness of the technology, ‘training the trainers’ to take the knowledge and skills back to their community, and empowering women to make a difference for their country. Throughout the training, the Ubuntu team hopes to gain Haitian feedback and perspective on the concept and process.

Earthships Could Transform Philadelphia

from the Sierra Club

Earthship Greenhouse_repairedMore than 40,000 vacant lots, many piled high with illegally dumped tires, blight the city of Philadelphia. High unemployment and crime rates discourage many residents, but not Rashida Ali-Campbell, director of the non-profit, LoveLovingLove, Inc.

In Philadelphia’s empty lots and abandoned, decaying buildings (approximately 75,000), Ali-
Campbell sees hope and unlimited possibilities. Her mission is to open a school for low-income residents to learn sustainable building techniques. She plans to bring the first urban Earthship to Philadelphia.  

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New Flickr Set

Media Download

downloads have been moved to earthship.com/raise-awareness/downloads.html

High Resolution images of Earthships and Earthship interiors available for print media.

 

Also, please see Media Resume for Michael Reynolds, principal architect

Earthship Construction Methods on CNN homepage

CNN homepage: A Home made of beer cans. http://cnn.com/

Building a home one beer can at a time

From 1971 to 1977 the Environmental Protection Agency hired freelance photographers for a project called “Documerica.” The goal was to capture photographs relating to the environment, including everyday life.  More than 15,000 photos from the project now reside in the National Archives.

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Alice Springs Earthship Presentation

Earthship AustraliaTuesday, May 8 – 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Andy McNeill Room, Alice Springs Town Council
gold coin donation

 

Earthship Australia presents concepts and applications of Earthship Biotecture in Australia.

Come along to an evening seminar covering the basics of the revolutionary architecture and biology principles of Earthship Biotecture, created by Michael Reynolds in the USA.

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Earthship Academy Sept/Oct 2011 – Part 2

Earthship Biotecture Academy, 2011 – Part 2 -

 

When you look at the course structure of the Biotecture Academy, it’s hard to image how they’re meant to cover all the formal learning and practical application aspects of Biotecture in such a short time. 

When I left Australia I had very few expectations of the first academy other than wanting to engage with the organisation; find out who the crew was, learn from them, watch them at work, hear stories about what works what doesn’t, see the Greater World for myself, get up to R.E.A.C.H and mostly see how capable I was at learning from scratch many skills necessary for building my own home one day and helping others fulfil their dream too.

If I look back on the formal and practical learning modules of the academy I’m quite amazed at what we covered.  Aside from a classroom based approach to learning the basic philosophies, budgeting and planning, systems, materials lists, global applications, architectural history, and how to go out and embark upon projects of our own, we were given access to a range of jobs and skills I’d never been able to try out before.

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Buffalo, Wyoming Apprenticeship Opportunity

Details:
Earthship Biotecture is selecting 10 apprentices to work side by side with at least 5 members of the Earthship crew.  We will be completing a two-week project of finish work on an existing Earthship.  Work to be done iincludes laying flagstone and wood for flooring, mud plastering, greenhouse finish work, rough-in greywater botanical cell plumbing as well as a custom Earthship septic/blackwater system.  
 
Where:  Buffalo, Wyoming
 
When:  June 10 – 23

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Buffalo, Wyoming Apprenticeship Opportunity

Details:
Earthship Biotecture is selecting 10 apprentices to work side by side with at least 5 members of the Earthship crew.  We will be completing a two-week project of finish work on an existing Earthship.  Work to be done iincludes laying flagstone and wood for flooring, mud plastering, greenhouse finish work, rough-in greywater botanical cell plumbing as well as a custom Earthship septic/blackwater system.  
 
Where:  Buffalo, Wyoming
 
When:  June 10 – 23

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