Academy 2013 – Session 3


Having worked on various humanitarian projects globally, Earthship Biotecture donated time this past week working on a Global model for a local family who had previously lost their home in Hurricane Katrina.


Our mission is to build stronger, more resilient and economic structures in places where natural disasters are likely to strike, and also to give people the resources, power and education to build/help themselves all over the world – and happy to do so in our headquarters’ hometown.



During the third week of this Academy session, Phil Basehart, joined by Mike Reynolds and Earthship crew, gathered with all of our 35 students and caravanned to Tres Piedras and worked alongside the Bilal family. Over the course of three days onsite, the building lay out, tire pounding, cooling tube installation, cisterns, insulation and backfill were completed.


Bin Bilal works in Taos with the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps and had crews from the Corps come out for a day to pound tires and learn about Earthships. The Bilal family has been living in Taos for the past several years and was donated plans for a two-bedroom Global Model last year by Michael Reynolds through the help of Phil Basehart. During this time, they have prepared their plot of land for their Earthship. Their 13.5 acre plot of land holds a lot of value to their extensive family. Hassan, Bin’s father explained that they had to put up a fight to keep their land and have members of their family buried there.

At the end of the third day of work, Phil Basehart thanked everyone for their hard work and dedication. We hope to get a chance to come back in a few weeks’ time to continue working to help the Bilal family with their Earthship.


Earthship Biotecture would also like to thank Randall’s Lumber & Hardware (Taos, NM) and Johnny – Water delivery.