This spring Michael Reynolds will be hosting a series of lectures about Earthships in multiple cities around Europe.
This is an effort to share 40 years of research and development on self-sufficient housing with the masses.
The lectures are structured as a 1-day seminar in each European city (see dates below). Many concepts and issues within sustainability will be discussed but the main focus is on the concepts of Biotecture and the six core principals of the Earthship model.
DATES; MAY 10 – 27, 2014:
- May 10 - Vila Nova de Famalicão, Art house - Portugal, 15 min from Porto
- May 17 - Oradea University - Romania, Oradea
- May 21 - Acquaworld - Italy, Milano
- May 24 - Berlin University of the Arts - Germany, Berlin
- May 27 – Freiburg, Germany
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
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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.
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
Michael Reynolds will be touring Europe this spring presenting the Earthship concept and systems.
Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal – Saturday, May 10
Ordea, Romania – Saturday, May 17
Berlin, Germany – Saturday, May 24
Tickets on sale now! http://earthshipstore.com/es-learning-opportunities