In more ways than we know, our lives are built on trash. If you stacked up all the world’s old junkyard tires, they would reach to the moon and back. So what can we do with them all? How about building houses.
Invented by architect Michael Reynolds of Taos, New Mexico, Earthships are custom-built, off-the-grid houses built from recycled materials, like recycled bottles (pictured), aluminum cans, used tires, pieces of cardboard – even old fridge doors. READ MORE »
“The American Dream Project” travelled around the United States on motorcycles visiting towns and communities in search of places where the American Dream is still alive. In the “Taos: Innovation” episode they visited the Greater World Earthship Community and the Earthship Academy. They spoke with Earthship Founder Michael Reynolds, Academy advisor Tom Duke and a few of the students. They also pitched in and helped build a bottle wall at the EVE: Earthship Village Ecologies Project.
Mike Reynolds is featured amongst 50 people who fit the category of “extraordinary.”
By: Peter Horsfield
“Sustainable, comfortable and eco-friendly. These are just a few of the words that one can use to describe the architectural wonders called “Earthships” that were designed and constructed by Mike Reynolds, an architect with an environmentalist perspective. Mike’s designs may often be regarded by many as ‘unusual’ and sometimes even ‘impractical’, but one cannot but help admit that Mike’s radical architectural designs are indeed fascinating and amazing.”
Photos today mean much more than a thousand words, especially when they capture moments that changed your life! If your experience at the Earthship Academy was one of those moments and you have taken some pictures that you are willing to share with us, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and enter the best Photo contest! The winner will be granted a certificate for one night for 2 people at the Lemuria Earthship!!
With the field study coming up in Salida this summer, many of you have been asking about the next and final step to graduate from the Earthship Academy.
Are you looking for an Earthship Instructor to help point you in the right direction? I’m sure you remember Tom, don’t you? Well his email is email@example.com and he is now officially the Independent Study advisor. You can email him about the subjects you have in mind for your final step! READ MORE »
This beautifully finished global model Earthship called Waybee had its first tire pounded by the Earthship Academy students in March of 2014.
Five Academy sessions were dedicated to finish this building. The students built it themselves with the help of our talented crew. From door to doorknob, they worked at least 5 days a week for four weeks in full dedication to bring it to life.
One of the most amazing aspects of this field is seeing the skeleton of your work turn into a home that takes care of the people who will be occupying it. READ MORE »
This picture is an elevation of the building taking place in Salida, Colorado.
It is a customized global model Earthship split into two levels. First one consists of 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a large garage and hallway in between. As for the second level, it consists of a kitchen, a great room, a master bedroom and a large patio. READ MORE »
“The majority of hands on building will occur at the new Picuris Earthship shown in the picture below. This Global design is the highest performing Earthship and utilizes the newest components and techniques. The tires are currently finished and the bond beam is formed. It is ready to be roofed by our students.
The Eve project is set to continue and we are excited to seal up the 30 foot tall greenhouse. This house will provide future student housing and is pushing the limits of what can be done. The EVE project is part of our designated two acres of experimental architecture. The state of New Mexico has allowed us the freedom to try new techniques without the limits of standard construction. READ MORE »
By Captn_Julz • Photos: Guillaume Beaudoin
We’re producing too much trash on a daily basis, and we don’t recycle enough. We’ve already passed that point where waste management has become a problem, and not only for the Thirld World anymore. One man had a vision more than two decades ago with a new way of building houses in a sustainable way, Michael Reynolds’ idea has never been as needed and Earthships are getting build in many parts of the world. READ MORE »