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.
Over 6 days in Christchurch this March, Michael Reynolds will bring his 40 years of Sustainable Architecture experience to the table to present alternative structural designs to Christchurch residents.
His trip will include a 3 day practical workshop, 3 evening seminars, a lecture for architecture students, an onsite retrofit talk in North Canterbury as well as other meetings with organizations.
Full details for the 3 day Practical Workshop
Wednesday 13th Thursday 14th & Friday 15 March 2013 8.30– 4.30 daily followed by Q&A
Tussock Hill Vineyard, 210 Huntsbury Ave, Huntsbury Hill, Christchurch
There will be four showings of Earthship documentaries in Christchurch, New Zealand in February and March to give residents and visitors an idea of Michael Reynolds’ Earthship work and to introduce Earthship Biotecture to the public.
Showings of Garbage Warrior – the first doccumentry from Earthship Biotecture – http://www.garbagewarrior.com/ – The epic story of radical Earthship eco architect Michael Reynolds, and his fight to build off-the-grid self-sufficient communities.
‘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.’
Earthships: New Solutions – http://newsolutionsmovie.com is another doccumentry about Earthship Biotecure (after Garbage Warrior) and follows a start to finish build on the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico.
‘An introductory guide to building alternative sustainable housing, as well as describing with the use of animation, how these buildings offer solutions to today’s most important issues like: energy,water,food, shelter, sewage and recycling.’
trailer – (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEg74ZMP4tM)