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“. . . the Earthship is the epitome of sustainable design and construction. No part of sustainable living has been ignored in this ingenious building.”

The “Extraordinary” Mike Reynolds

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 […]

By |April 24th, 2015|

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Earthship Workshop in Portugal, Vale De Prazeres

From August 18th to September 12th (4 weeks)
Be part of a hands-on community workshop In Portugal where an old stone building (ruin) will be turned into a new, fully self-sustainable building.
This will be a great educational opportunity especially for those who seek to learn how to transform & re-design (Retrofit!) any existing building into a fully self-sustainable building.
By learning how to apply the six core principles of the Earthship concept, any existing structure can be retrofitted into a self-sustainable building.
“Retrofitting refers to the addition of new technology or features to older systems.” – Wikipedia […]

By |August 2nd, 2014|

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Live Stream: Omega’s Where We Go From Here Weekend Conference

Conference Live Stream, Plus a Keynote by President Bill Clinton: 10/05/2013 10/06/2013

FREE Live Stream: Omega’s Where We Go From Here weekend conference.

You’ll hear keynote addresses from top leaders in sustainability—Jeremy Rifkin, Majora Carter, David W. Orr, Janine Benyus, Paul Hawken, Rob Hopkins, Michael E. Reynolds, Bob Berkebile, and President Bill Clinton. There will also be plenty of conversation and a panel discussion between selected speakers. […]

By |October 4th, 2013|

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Philadelphia Event featuring Jonah Reynolds and Bridgette Meinhold. May 2013

A Bicentennial Town Square Event featuring Jonah Reynolds and Bridgette Meinhold Beyond Conventional Dwellings: What Sustainable Options Exist for Challenged Communities?
May 23, 20135:30 Reception6:30-8:00 ProgramEvent Price: FreeAcademy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (Formally: Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia)1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway215 299.1000
Topic: How are Earthships Relevant to Philadelphia?


By |February 26th, 2013|

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How are Earthships Relevant to Philadelphia?
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.


By |January 31st, 2013|

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Grease and Particle filter: An easy way to retrofit your home creating a grey water planter bed

Here is a basic step-by-step process so that you can take the water from your kitchen or bathroom sink and direct it into an adjacent planter bed to create a grey water planter system. This way you are using the water a second time and it is not wasted but is guided directly to the plants’ root systems.

We began by redirecting the plumbing under the sink so that the water flow would exit outwards into where the planter is located. We then measured the distance from the outlet pipe to the base of the planter space in order to size the reception box that will be added.


By |January 8th, 2013|

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Report from the Belize Earthship Retrofit Project

by MJB
Hey all,(Pictures courtesy of Nick Corniea)
Here’s the latest update from the Rumble in the Jungle.  You’ll see our workforce, 7 Mayan Machines 18-61 yo. (Raul, Dick, Sessario, Benito, Darius, Rudolfo, Barfilio), a earthship apprentice (Nick; MN), 2 WWOOFers (Kayla & Alex; NY and the clients (Alisa & Richard).  Working steady, and live for the 10:30 a.m. fresh coconut break.  Great interest, brewing from international ex-pats.


By |April 4th, 2012|

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Integrating Into Cities

Earthships can be fully above ground, wrapped with straw bales or 4″ rigid insulation (depends on climate) and finished with conventional facing. If the climate is temperate then the configuration of the layout of the rooms in an earthship can be altered.


By |March 19th, 2012|

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Earthships are the next logical step

by Michael Reynolds


Bergen Architectural School – BAS – Bergen, Norway – December 7, 2008

We (Earthship Biotecture) were asked to help establish a force to retro fit the old nine story concrete agricultural grain silo building, home of the architectural school in Bergen, Norway. Our objectives were as follows…


By |March 19th, 2012|

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Carbon Neutral Buildings… NOW.

Here in the early part of the twenty first century we find ourselves trying to react appropriately to the changing climate of the earth. We attribute part of this changing climate to the activities of humans, specifically relating to the CO2 emissions from these human activities. We have also observed that these changes are happening faster than we expected from previous observations and that between 30% and 50% of the CO2 emissions are directly related to and coming from buildings. There is, in fact, at this point, a certain urgency relative to just how and when we react.

By |March 11th, 2012|

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