October 22-November 2, 2012.
Earthship Biotecture is looking for apprentices to join a small Earthship Crew to help finish a two-bedroom, two-bathroom new Vaulted Global Model Earthship in Vermont October 20 through November 2.
Work with veteran Earthship Builders learning the basic concepts of Earthships as well as advanced finish techniques.
Apprentices work on a voluntary basis and are responsible for their own transportation and lodging. Camping will be available on site.
We will accept 10 apprentices on a first come, first served basis.
The minimum time commitment is one week.
HUNTINGTON — “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is more than an old proverb for Amitava Biswas. It is literally the foundation of a new ultra-green home that he and his wife, Phetcharat Saelim, are building into the side of a hill in rustic Huntington.
THE EARTHSHIP, A home being built in Huntington, is nestled into a berm to maximize its energy efficiency and will generate all of its own heat and electricity needs — except for a small amount from the grid to power a Jacuzzi. Independent photo/John Flowers
by Tyler Allen (from Outlaw magazine)
Twenty-five years ago. Michael Reynolds assembled progressive architectural prototypes into one seminal idea: Earthships.
Integrating solar, wind, thermal mass, rainwater harvest, gray wa- ter recycling and indoor food production, the Taos, New Mexico – based architect builds homes from re-purposed garbage. The exterior shell and interior walls are made from used tires pounded full of dirt, glass bottles and cans, stacked and mortared together with mud.
The Earthship crew has recently begun a new build in its headquarters’ home state. The clients are working to begin a new life living off the grid by building a 1-bedroom global model Earthship in a small rural town outside of Albuquerque called Estancia. Crewmembers have been called down for different stages in the building process for periods of time spanning 1-4 weeks at a time. There have been two separate monthly groups of interns with representation from all over the United States and other countries such as New Zealand, Brazil, Mexico, Canada and the Czech Republic. This build is scheduled for two months for completion, September-October 2012.
Greetings from Taos!
Well I’ve been lucky enough to be able to revisit Taos this year to get some more hands-on experience, see some old friends, visit with the Academy and try and organise for some workshops in Australia for 2013. I thought Id just give a quick summary of what happened and what I observed this time round.
Well Taos is in full swing in September. There’s builds going on in Estancia and Pataka in New Mexico and finishing the towers and EVE project, with the crew dispersed between them. The Fall Academy are split between working hard on the EVE project and a G2 built in the Greater World community where they are currently installing the solar hot water, solar and water systems. The new classrom in the EVE project seems to make for a more formal learning environment than previous venues and the work is at a pretty high level with the second level of can and bottle work on the front face of the EVE proving to be very challenging (especially as the winds picked up). The Crew have had a busy year with international builds in Czech and coming up in Guatemala and Argentina finishing off a number of different project in 2012. The vaulted dome model which we experimented with in Guatemala seems to be Mike R’s new favourite with a build for a doctor being finished in Vermont recently over the summer which demonstrated its ability to be adapted to a colder climate and with nice finishings.
It’s been almost a week since I left the Earthship build, and I still haven’t fully physically recovered.
Now that may make me sound like a wimp, but those of you who were there and this was also you’re first time doing labor and construction 7 hours a day for a week, you know what I’m talking about.
For those of you who only know me from the build, I am generally more likely to be found in heels and a snappy outfit with some mascara on, not a bandana and a jog bra, covered with earth. I go to work and sit in front of a computer, real cushy-like. That’s my day job and how I spend most of my time. But I also love camping, the outdoors and new experiences. My husband and I just bought an inflatable kayak that is super sweet. We go for long walks and hikes and we bike. But. I had never really done manual labor. I had never consistently used tools for more than a few minutes at a time to fix an errant shelf in my house. I had never lifted a sledgehammer. I have rarely worked my body to exhaustion, even at the gym.