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.”
This is the outcome of Earthship Biotecture’s efforts to produce a zero cost – wind resistant home in the philippines. The building was given away to a local man and his son.
Once described as ‘idiotic’, new eco-friendly, self-sustaining homes are proving its critics wrong.
Taos, United States – It’s a green architectural movement that took root in the desert of New Mexico some 40 years ago. That’s when Michael Reynolds, 69, began experimenting with building homes out of garbage and natural materials that he called “Earthships”.
“I was [called] an idiot for building out of garbage, but people are starting to realise that maybe there is something to look at here,” Reynolds told Al Jazeera. Although it hasn’t been an easy journey, Earthships are becoming a more mainstream housing option. Today, people are living in Earthships in 50 states across the US, and in at least 25 countries around the world.
Earthships are built by digging at least 1.2m below the earth’s surface, where the temperature remains stable throughout the year, thereby needing no fossil fuel-derived energy for cooling or heating. Exterior walls are made of recycled materials such as truck tyres, used bottles and spent beer cans.
Solar panels and wind turbines on the house generate enough electricity to run electrical appliances.
Earthships also harvest their own water from rain or snow, and store it in a huge tank on the roof. This water goes through a filtration system and is used for drinking and cooking. READ MORE »
No Malawi, em África, resíduos foram utilizados para construir um centro comunitário sustentável – Centro Comunitário Kapita Earthship, que visa prestar serviços à população local.
O polo de apoio vai contar com estufas para produção de alimentos, sistema de captação de água da chuva e painéis solares para gerar eletricidade. READ MORE »
Recap video of the Windship construction in the Philippines to function as a typhoon resistant structure as well as a school building for the local community. Includes interviews with the Earthship crew, volunteers, locals and partnering organizations, Earth Village Project and One Block for Batug.
Since this build last February, there has been much interest from government officials and the Department of Education to replicate the Windship design throughout the region. READ MORE »
Belize’s first Earthship lies within sight of the Maya ruins of Lubaantun in the south of the country, creating a wonderful juxtaposition between ruined civilization and new ecological design
Renegade architect Mike Reynolds and his crew began construction in March 2012. Commissioned by an ex-pat British family, the building is situated on a huge piece of land with a cacao farm, an important and popular crop in this part of the world.
Richard and Alisa arrived in Belize two years ago having lived in Scotland, Spain, and Mexico with their three children. Now settled with three dogs, three cats, and an army of chickens most of the building work is being done by locals employed from the nearby village of San Pedro Colombia. The Maya crew headed by Cessaerio were taught the ropes by Mike and his team and there are plans to use the tyres and bottle brick approach to create a rain water catchment system for the village school. READ MORE »
Academy 2014 – Session 2
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 »
Earthship Biotecture partnered together with the Earth Village and the people of Barrangay Batug to coordinate and build a wind proof structure to use as a prototype for rebuilding in the Philippines. This 10-day hit was the first of several phases of rebuilding the affected areas of the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. READ MORE »
Calling for Volunteers!
Earthship Biotecture will be joined by a team of 40 students in an effort to begin the rebuilding in the Philippines after Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). This will be the first of several phases of rebuilding in the affected areas.
Here we will be launching the new design that was developed for this climate and for disaster prone regions. This design, called the “Windship” has been derived from with similar technologies to the Simple Survival Pod.
Earthship Biotecture will be working with the local community while teaching locals and volunteers Earthship principles and design. The project is in collaboration with the Earth Village Project, a collaboration between the ecovillage and permaculture communities in Asia and Australia. The Earth Village Project aims to provides integrative and sustainable community solutions in food security, natural built systems, energy and livelihood, community process, education and ecovillage design. The Windship Project will be one of the biggest ecovillage solutions to be presented to the Philippines in sustainable wind-proof housing. READ MORE »