A Bicentennial Town Square Event featuring Jonah Reynolds and Bridgette Meinhold
Beyond Conventional Dwellings: What Sustainable Options Exist for Challenged Communities?
May 23, 2013
Event Price: Free
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (Formally: Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia)
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Topic: How are Earthships Relevant to Philadelphia?
Garbage Warrior Screening in Philadelphia followed by discussion with Jonah Reynolds.
May 24, 7pm-10pm [$10]
Discounted and side street parking available.
Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia – http://www.phillyethics.org/
1906 Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Renegade architect Michael Reynolds and his green disciples have devoted their time to advancing the art of “Earthship Biotecture” – passive, solar, off-the-grid, sustainable housing. Earthship n. 1. passive solar home made of natural and recycled materials 2. thermal mass construction for temperature stabilization. 3. renewable energy & integrated water systems make the Earthship an off-grid home with little to no utility bills. Biotecture n. 1. the profession of designing buildings and environments with consideration for their sustainability. 2. A combination of biology and architecture.
Mike’s son and pioneering member of the Taos Earthship Community – has been building earthships since the age of twelve – started the production of bio diesel within the community from waste cooking oil. Many local companies now run their vehicles on the fuel. Jonah has worked on many global projects including the tsunami project.
see also: How are Earthship Relevant to Philadelphia? by Jonah Reynolds
Earthships are one of the key factors to help Philadelphia become the leading city in the world for sustainable living. An example for the world to follow.
Earthships represent total independence from anything. From electrical grids going down, from water not working, from giant storms, from freezing weather. Earthships will withstand any natural disaster when conventional architecture and infrastructure is destroyed. The people will still have power, water, sewage and warmth when giant storms hit.
How would you like to live in a house with no electric bills, no air conditioning, no heating units and still be perfectly comfortable in the coldest winter or the hottest summer? If you answered yes then the house you want to live in is an Earthship (http://www.earthship.com/). Earthships are radically sustainable buildings made with recycled materials.
On February 9, 2013, Bonzai Homesteads in collaboration with Village of Arts & Humanities (http://www.villagearts.org/) and PhillyEarth (http://phillyearth.org) will be presenting a workshop to teach you the very basics of building your own. What we’re going to show you is innovative, and certainly is different… It takes a problem and makes it an asset.
All details and sign up info at the Facebook event:
October 22-November 2, 2012.
Earthship Biotecture is looking for apprentices to join a small Earthship Crew to help finish a two-bedroom, two-bathroom new Vaulted Global Model Earthship in Vermont October 20 through November 2.
Work with veteran Earthship Builders learning the basic concepts of Earthships as well as advanced finish techniques.
Apprentices work on a voluntary basis and are responsible for their own transportation and lodging. Camping will be available on site.
We will accept 10 apprentices on a first come, first served basis.
The minimum time commitment is one week.
This is the 3rd and final week with the Earthship Biotecture crew from New Mexico and all of the wonderful apprentices. I’m pretty sad that it will be over in a week… the camaraderie, teamwork, fun times, and the speed of our house being worked on! I’ll try to enjoy and take in every moment this week!
A lot is happening inside now, as the roof and berm are finished. A few people are finishing off the entryway (plastering) and a group of people are concentrating on the back doorway, where we’re having a patio. Inside, there is still a lot of pipes and tubes for plumbing being placed, and the can walls are rising!
Another big highlight of today is that the solar panels went up!