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.
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
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.
We are pleased to announce the very first Earthship Academy Global Session. The Earthship Academy offers extensive training in Earthship design principles, construction methods and philosophy. The Earthship Academy has trained over 200 students from around the world. We are building an Earthship Army and the Academy offers education for those who are excited to learn and expand the Earthship concept globally. This is the first time we are offering a session outside our headquarters in Taos, New Mexico.
We will teach hands-on building techniques while constructing a 2U Simple Survival Earthship. This structure is going to be a public art project. The space will be an educational sculpture used to demonstrate Earthship technology while helping to clean up the coastline by using trash in the construction process. Read More
With the snow-capped Sangre de Cristo mountains in the background, Michael Reynolds talks to a TV crew from Argentina. The crew tours the Phoenix Earthship which has a lush jungle growing despite the frigid outside temperature. The crew is stunned by the temperature difference between the outside and the interiors of the Earthships. Ron Sciarrillo explains some of the recycled building
materials and shows the aquaponics system in the Earthship Visitor Center. In Spanish and some English.