Archives for February 2013

Philadelphia Event featuring Jonah Reynolds and Bridgette Meinhold. May 2013

A Bicentennial Town Square Event featuring Jonah Reynolds and Bridgette Meinhold
Beyond Conventional Dwellings: What Sustainable Options Exist for Challenged Communities?

May 23, 2013
5:30 Reception
6:30-8:00 Program
Event Price: Free
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (Formally: Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia)
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
215 299.1000

 

Topic: How are Earthships Relevant to Philadelphia?

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First Aquaponics Salad from Earthship Biotecture Visitor Center

aquaponic sytemFebruary 20. 2013, I made our first AQUAPONIC salad from lettuce, tomatoes and herbs, growing in our Aquaponic system.

This Aquapocic System was built on 9 and 10 October 2012, by James Fry, an Earthship Academy student from 2012, as his independent field study.

Follow him on GrowEverywhere.com/aquaponics, and also see our article Earthship Installs First Aquaponics System at HQ

 

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Earthship building with Marcus Sisk

If you’re not familiar with the Earthship concept, it’s a pretty arresting idea: Structures built using recycled materials, heating and cooling themselves through solar/thermal dynamics, collecting power from wind and sun, harvesting water from rain and snow, producing food inside and out. Living in an Earthship means living largely without the monthly cost of sustaining a home, living without a day-to-day drain on natural resources.

And beyond being an arresting idea, it’s an arresting reality: Architect Michael Reynolds developed the Earthship design, and at the Earthship Biotecture World Headquarters in Taos, N.M., folks can see a premiere example of functioning, sustainable off-grid living in an Earthship.

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Sierra Leone Earthship Africa Update

Dear all, Here is the Goderich Waldorf School, Sierra Leone, built with love.

With deepest gratitude to Mike Reynolds’ gift to the world and everyone whose hands and/or hearts helped to make this dream a reality. Attached are photos of Sunday 17th February 2013.

Pema Clark
The Dhana Trust (UK)
for The Goderich Waldorf School, Sierra Leone http://www.goderichwaldorf.org/
(visit their website, tell them what you think)

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Earthship Australia Update – Power to the pooper!

Good evening friends,

We sure have been busy since we spoke last. Five solid days were lost amongst a school of childish weather. The kind of weather that would make stormy Melbourne city blush like a dungeons and dragons enthusiast on his first date. Entire towns were flooded, houses destroyed and they even had to shoot livestock out from the treetops they were trapped in. That is how seriously violent the rain fell.

How did the Earthship hold up, did I hear you ask? Well…

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Earthship Denver – March 22 – 24 2013

Denver Earthship Workshop with Michael Reynolds 

“Sustainable Autonomy for Everyone – S.A.F.E.”
March 22, 23, 24, 2013 at Green Spaces in Denver, Colorado
Michael Reynolds, Internationally Acclaimed Earthship Creator Leads Workshop.
tickets at http://earthship.com/colorado

download this poster: jpg | pdf

denver poster 1

Garbage Warrior Viewing and Discussion featuring Jonah Reynolds

Garbage Warrior Screening in Philadelphia followed by discussion with Jonah Reynolds.

May 24, 7pm-10pm [$10]
Discounted and side street parking available.

Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia – http://www.phillyethics.org/
1906 Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 735-3456
email: office@phillyethics.org

Renegade architect Michael Reynolds and his green disciples have devoted their time to advancing the art of “Earthship Biotecture” – passive, solar, off-the-grid, sustainable housing. Earthship n. 1. passive solar home made of natural and recycled materials 2. thermal mass construction for temperature stabilization. 3. renewable energy & integrated water systems make the Earthship an off-grid home with little to no utility bills. Biotecture n. 1. the profession of designing buildings and environments with consideration for their sustainability. 2. A combination of biology and architecture.

Jonah Reynolds
Mike’s son and pioneering member of the Taos Earthship Community – has been building earthships since the age of twelve – started the production of bio diesel within the community from waste cooking oil. Many local companies now run their vehicles on the fuel. Jonah has worked on many global projects including the tsunami project.

see also: How are Earthship Relevant to Philadelphia? by Jonah Reynolds

Simple Survival Concept and Rationale

A few years back we all drove big cars.  Those were the days of the big Lincolns and Chryslers, and Cadillacs.  Even the Chevys and the Fords were big.  They were made with thick metal and they were heavy and big.   When the energy crunches began, and fuel prices started to rise a few brave companies put out compact cars.  They were ridiculed at first.  They were called “toys” and “unsafe”.  The first models of compact cars were loosing issues in terms of profits but they illustrated that you can still get there in a smaller car… and get there a lot cheaper.  The fuel prices never stopped going up.  Sure they would take a dive here and there but the over all graph on fuel prices was up.  So it is now with housing. Housing has been big and inefficient for a long time.  Energy shortages and dwindling natural resources are making us look at smaller, more planet dynamic housing.  The Earthship Simple Survival Concept is our answer to this issue.

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Final days for this round in Comalapa, Guatemala

guatemala frontface

guatemala bottles

The Earthship crew has completed the 3-week build that donated a home to a family in Comalapa, Guatemala for the second time around.  Working with Long Way Home, a non-profit organization in Comalapa working to build sustainable schools, we were able to raise the appropriate amount of money as well as gather volunteers and organize to allow this project to take place.   We are thankful for all who participated and donated to this project.

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Guatemala Tues Wed – Week 3 Update – Enclosure Systems

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guatemala plasticfront

The house is on its way to full enclosure and completion as the Earthship crew will be leaving Guatemala early Saturday.  With two workdays left, we are in a good place to leave Long Way Home foreman, Romeo Apen, to do the finishes to his liking on his new home.  

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