SAFE – Sustainable Autonomy For Everyone
Earthship Workshop i Stockholm med arkitekten Michael Reynolds
Michael Reynolds har 40 års erfarenhet av forskning, utveckling och byggnation av självförsörjande & energieffektiva bostäder
3 DAGARS WORKSHOP OM EKOLOGISK ARKITEKTUR, BYGGMETODER & TILLÄMPNING
Christchurch has been through a hard time, do doubt. Its been over 2 years since the worst quake, which threw the city into chaos and its residents into turmoil.
Its now March 2013 and a lot of the roads are still terrible, the whole central city is still closed down, there are blocks that used to be hubs that are gravel car parks and thousands of houses are red stickered and stand empty.
Mike Reynolds took an interest in the Christchurch situation, and came to visit us in NZ for 6 days in mid March. Half of Mike’s time was filled up with public seminars to Christchurch residents, and he also managed to fit in a meeting with the Christchurch City Council, a talk to architecture students, a retro fit talk and 2 media interviews.
American architect Michael Reynolds, founder of the ‘Earthship’ movement is visiting Christchurch to offer innovative ideas for Christchurch’s rebuilding process.
“Mother nature’s recent behaviour is changing and traditional ‘built cheap and fast’ commodity-housing clearly is not coping. Here we have a housing solution that doesn’t just cope, it loves nature.” says Reynolds, who will be delivering a series of public talks and workshops about ‘Earthships’ – modern off-grid houses made out of cans, bottles and tyres, as well as conventional materials.
I mentioned previously that the Earthship BnB is on hold until I have full approval (hence the chookship). At this stage I have planning approval but still need building approval… Thankfully the structural engineer has made good progress and has agreed to tyre walls with no footings (yeah!) and has been very reasonable about various other oddities. So I’m stoked. I hope to have the final set of drawings this week or next. CFS (country fire service) have given the BnB the thumbs up and downgraded the BAL (bushfire attack level) on account of the earth-sheltered (bermed) design (yeah!).
Week one of the first academy session of 2013 has been eventful and is already coming to a close. We have 33 students attending from all around the world with the same goal in mind: learning and sharing Earthships. Orientation was early morning on Monday, where everyone arrived at the Visitor Center for a meet and greet. Kirsten Jacobsen, our Academy Director, led the introduction to the students, followed by a talk with Mike Reynolds in the classroom.
Steps/requirements for becoming an Earthship Agent and/or hosting an Earthship sanctioned event or build.
1. Graduate from the Earthship Academy.
graduation requirements and info may be found here: http://earthship.com/school
2. Propose your event or build to Earthship Biotecture.
3. Negotiate a percentage of revenue to be shared with Earthship Biotecture.
(this is largely to compensate EB for time spent to digest information on the event and post on the EB website as we are getting a large number of these requests)