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Easter Island Earthship Academy wraps up session

 

 

Work continued this past week on the Easter Island music school.  Tires were pounded for a fourth vault and the vault was installed and plastered.  One room is completely finished and the rest are on their way.  The Earthship Academy students and local volunteers made it possible to do almost twice as much work on the building as originally planned.

Students took their final exam in the classroom which they aced!  Earlier in the week students and crew were treated to a concert by the young music school students from the island.  The concert was wonderful and reminded us all why we chose to be a part of this amazing project!

Michael Reynolds and six Earthship instructors will stay on the island for another 5 work days with some of the remaining Academy students and continue work on the building.  There will be a special inauguration ceremony on December 17th.

We send out thanks for the TOKI staff, Enrique and Mahani, all of our Academy students, the student musicians, the local volunteers and all the people of the island who made us feel so welcome!

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Earthship Academy in Easter Island

The Earthship Academy Global Session on Easter Island is in its second to last week.  Our students are from 15 different countries and also include local residents and Rapa Nui people who are going to continue the construction after the Academy leaves.  We have already accomplished more that planned in terms of structure.  Four of the eight vaults of the Earthship Flower are up on the tire work and the classrooms are in different stages of completion.  One classroom is nearly done and another is close to done.  Cisterns are installed and gray water planters are dug and awaiting plumbing.

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Students alternate between spending a full day in class learning Earthship design, systems and theory and a full day on the work site learning hands-on construction methods.  Students have just completed their homework assignments of making a materials list for an Earthship from reading a set of plans.  The final exam will be this coming Thursday.

When complete, the Earthship will be home to a free music school for local children.

Sprits are high and the weather is perfect!

All photos below courtesy Willow Noavi Photography.

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Regenerative Lifestyles Tour & Retreat: September 12-14

September 12th-14th, 2014. Regenerative Lifestyles in collaboration with Earthship Biotecture will be having a weekend retreat and tour at the Greater World Community. Regenerative Lifestyles is a company co-founded by Mike Wird one of Earthship Biotecture’s first academy graduates. Along with the retreat and tour there will also be a night of music at Taos Mesa Brewing with Denver Hiphop group The Soul Pros and special guests. This is the crossroads where biotecture, urban music, art and culture meet. A rare opportunity. See flyer for more info, to register visit. http://denverearthship.com/product-category/tours/

Earthships on “New Mexico True TV” this Sunday

Earthship Biotecture will be featured on the upcoming North Central New Mexico episode of “New Mexico True Television” this Sunday at 8:30am on KOB-TV Channel 4.

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Casas que le hacen bien al planeta

Great new article and interview with Michael Reynolds in the Argentina magazine Rumbos. En Español.

http://rumbosdigital.com/secciones/notas/casas-que-le-hacen-bien-al-planeta

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Earthship Biotecture Academy Video by John Senften

Earthship Academy student and professional videographer John Senften has just produced a 25 minute video about the Academy session he attended in Taos, New Mexico in the Spring of 2014.

We’d like to thank John and all the wonderful students who appear in the video! It’s a fantastic overview of the program.

Earthship Academy Argentina: Week 4

The Earthship in Ushuaia is nearly complete.   Solar panels are on and columns to hold the poles for the two windmills are being built with cans and cement.  The evapo-transporation cell for the black water has been built outside and is now being filled with rock and soil.  On the inside of the building the second to last coat of plaster is on nearly every surface and color finish coats will begin today.

In the classroom, instructors are preparing the students for their final exam by reviewing material covered over the past month.

We are thrilled with the success of our first Global Earthship Academy and have our awesome hosts, the city of Ushuaia and all of our students to thank!  If you are interested in future Academy sessions in South America, please send an email to academy@earthship.com

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Earthship Academy: Argentina Week 3

We are rolling along in our third week of the Earthship Academy session in Ushuaia, Argentina.  The roof is completely on and just needs to be sealed.  The glass is mostly in the front face.  The interior floors are being poured.  The septic system is complete and the bathroom is getting bottle walls and finishes.

We had 70 people from the local community attend our open day last Sunday and we made the cover of the local newspaper.  This week in the classroom students learned about food production in Earthships, Simple Survival Earthship Systems, the Power Organizing Module and all its components and were given an overview of all the different types of Earthships by Michael Reynolds.

Michael Reynolds also did a site visit to another town in Argentina, El Bolsón, and is designing a project there.  We are already considering another Earthship Academy Session in Argentina in 2015.

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Earthship Academy Argentina: Week 2

We on our ninth day of the Earthship Academy Session in Argentina.  All 73 students are on site together today doing a big push on the building.  Front face framing is being finished.  Thermal wrap and earth burial continue.  Inside, glass bottle brick walls will start to go up.  There is a first coat of plaster on both vaults and tire packout is happening.

This is the most visible Earthship that we’ve ever built and is being done with full support of the local government.  The latitude is the most extreme that we’ve ever built in, farthest from the equator and very close to the South Pole.  This climate will put the Earthship and its systems to the test.  We are honored to be working on this project and thank both the city of Ushuaia and all of our wonderful Academy students from around the world.

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Earthship Class for College Credit at UNM Taos

This Spring semester the UNM Green Technologies program will be offering Intro to Earthship Biotecture as one of their electives to fulfill the sustainability credit.  Phil Basehart, who has worked for Earthship Biotecture for over 20 years, will be the lead instructor.  Guest instructors will include Michael Reynolds and Earthship systems specialists from our plumbing and electrical staff.  Students will tour Earthships, take classes on Earthship design principles and spend time on construction sites learning how to pound tires, lay cans and bottles and plaster with adobe.  We are excited to start this partnership with UNM and hope it paves the way for Earthship concepts to enter the curriculum at the college level here in New Mexico and around the country and world.

To sign up online please visit:  www.taos.unm.edu/current-schedule

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