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.
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.
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
Earthship Biotecture partnered together with the Earth Village and the people of Barrangay Batug to coordinate and build a wind proof structure to use as a prototype for rebuilding in the Philippines. This 10-day hit was the first of several phases of rebuilding the affected areas of the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. Read More
In February of this year, following the one month Academy build of the Earthship (Nave Tierra) in Ushuaia, the municipality of Ushuaia requested that Earthship Biotecture organize a small crew to stay on and construct a giant tire retaining wall (muro de contencion) at the swimming complex at Andorra, a suburb of the city. The wall was needed to stabilize a 100 meter long embankment beside a high dirt road paralleling the sports facility. Mike planned out the base and batter (3″) for the tire work, and I (USA), Kimi Grum (Argentina) and Andressa Malaga (Brazil) had 1 week to organize the tools, tires and people. Guillermo Worman, from the municipality, was the go-to guy for all our needs. He was essential at keeping the project running on schedule. So with the 3 of us from EB and about 10 academy students, a few friends of students and 15 or so hired local workers we built The Great Wall of Ushuaia. Read More
Calling for Volunteers!
Earthship Biotecture will be joined by a team of 40 students in an effort to begin the rebuilding in the Philippines after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). This will be the first of several phases of rebuilding in the affected areas.
Here we will be launching the new design that was developed for this climate and for disaster prone regions. This design, called the “Windship” has been derived from with similar technologies to the Simple Survival Pod.
Earthship Biotecture will be working with the local community while teaching locals and volunteers Earthship principles and design. The project is in collaboration with the Earth Village Project, a collaboration between the ecovillage and permaculture communities in Asia and Australia. The Earth Village Project aims to provides integrative and sustainable community solutions in food security, natural built systems, energy and livelihood, community process, education and ecovillage design. The Windship Project will be one of the biggest ecovillage solutions to be presented to the Philippines in sustainable wind-proof housing. Read More
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.