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!
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com
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.
You’ll hear keynote addresses from top leaders in sustainability—Jeremy Rifkin, Majora Carter, David W. Orr, Janine Benyus, Paul Hawken, Rob Hopkins, Michael E. Reynolds, Bob Berkebile, and President Bill Clinton. There will also be plenty of conversation and a panel discussion between selected speakers. Read More