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Earthship Aquaponic Prototype

Four months after filling the pond with water, we have a thriving vegetable and soon, fish producing Aquaponic System in the Towers Earthship at Eathship Biotecture, Taos, NM. For those of you who initially thought that the pond looked like a “kiddy pool” and not really well integrated, take another look. It is beautiful, peaceful and serene, and producing food.

It is a joy to be working with this Aquaponic Prototype every day, as it not only is producing food, but is also aesthetically very pleasing, creating a beautiful serene atmosphere in the Towers greenhouse, making my work there a meditative experience every morning. I feel very blessed and wish I could spend all day there!

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How We Built Our Earthship, an Off-grid Prairie Home

It took five weeks and one volunteer army to rise this radically sustainable Alberta dwelling.

By Duncan Kinney, 30 Jan 2015, TheTyee.ca

When you tell people you’re building an Earthship, there are two stock responses. First there are the believers. These are the people who’ve watched Garbage Warrior, twice. They want to talk design and permits and timelines. They’re into it. The other stock response is an incredulous repeating of the word back to you with a question mark attached. Earthship? Read More

How to Make Bottle Bricks

A quick and easy guide to building with glass bottles.

bottle-bricksRecycling glass bottles is a great way to create a stunning and unique wall in your home, shed or garden.

They are easy to make and with such a variety of colours and shapes out there, so many different designs can be made!

This is a building construction style which usually uses glass bottles (although mason jars, glass jugs, and other glass containers may be used also) as masonry units and binds them using adobe, sand, cement, stucco, clay, plaster, mortar or any other joint compound. This results in an intriguing stained-glass like wall. An alternative is to make the bottle wall from glass jugs filled with ink and set them up by supporting them between 2 windows. Read More

Earth Rammed Tire Walls

tire poundedEach year, nearly 300 million tires are disposed of in the U.S. alone. The EPA estimates that markets exist for approximately 80 percent of those tires, leaving an estimated 60 million scrap tires to be stockpiled or landfilled.

Luckily, the market for scrap tires continues to increase. Whether used as fuel, ground and recycled into new products, retreaded or used in civil engineering projects, their rate of recycling and reuse continues to climb.

One such method of reuse is beginning to gain popularity among eco-friendly builders: building with tires.

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Summer workshop coming up in Adelaide @ Earthship Ironbank

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workshops Monday 5 January – Saturday 24 January 2015

This may be the final Earthship Ironbank Workshop! The focus will be; rendering with lime and earth plasters, floor construction (earth and polished concrete), and there are a few more tyres to pound on the tyre tank.
There will be three workshops starting on Mondays and finishing on Saturdays (no work on Sundays). You can come for as many as you like.

  • Workshop 1 – Mon 5 Jan – Sat 10 Jan
  • Workshop 2 – Mon 12 Jan – Sat 17 Jan
  • Workshop 3 – Mon 19 Jan – Sat 22 Jan

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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.

EB Academy Works on Local Humanitarian Effort

   

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IMG_5347    Academy 2014 – Session 2

There have been several hits on a Global Model Earthship being built for a Taos family who was displaced after losing their home in Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Last year, we had 35 students and several crew members begin the tire pounding and within a week’s time were able to complete the 9 courses of the main structural tire wall. The Bilal family has been in Taos since that time and have been the focus of our local humanitarian effort.

Since last spring, Earthship Biotecture has donated time and labor working with our interns, Academy students and various high school groups towards enclosing and eventually finishing the Bilal family’s Earthship. Several groups have worked with us over the year to pack out the back tire wall creating more support and preparing for the roof to go on. Read More

Bottle wall at Towers Earthship

Here’s one of the most magnificent Earthship bottle walls to date. Expert Earthship bottle wall artist Heather Konz developed the free form pattern to be able to make the wall go up quickly without waiting for more bottle bricks of specific colors to be made.Towers bottle December small

Earthship Workshop Time Lapse Stage 1

Earthship Workshop Time Lapse Stage 1 from lucy scott on Vimeo.

A time lapse film clip capturing a two week workshop of an Earthship build in Northern Rivers, Australia. 2013.
Thanks to all those involved.
Workshop run by Terraeden Biotecture.
Music: Led Zeppelin “Achilles Last Stand”
Edited by: Lucy Scott

Earthship Biotecture plans benefit seminar

Earthship Biotecture will be host a benefit seminar Sunday (Aug. 18) for those interested in learning more about building while aiding a good cause.

The Earthship workshop is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Taos Mesa Brewery.

The event will comprise of an all-day seminar with Mike Reynolds, Phil Basehart and the Earthship staff and crew. This will be followed by live music at 7 p.m. and other activities such as a raffle and family events. Read More