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Earthship Academy Argentina: Week 4

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 academy@earthship.com

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Earthship Academy: Argentina Week 3

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.

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Earthship Academy Argentina: Week 2

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.

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

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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. READ MORE »

Earthship Academy Global Session: Argentina

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Earthship Academy Global Session

Ushuaia, Argentina
January 6-31, 2014

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 »

New Zealand Earthship Temple – three days – forty people – lots of love

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New 2-U Survival Pod being built @ HQ

Welcome Earthship Academy!  Session II 2013 has begun and will be here for another 5 weeks.

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2U Simple Survival Academy Update

Vaults being put on 2-U Simple Survival model w/ Session 2 Academy students.

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New Zealand Earthship Update

memeChristchurch has been through a hard time, do doubt. Its been over 2 years since the worst quake, which threw the city into chaos and its residents into turmoil.

Its now March 2013 and a lot of the roads are still terrible, the whole central city is still closed down, there are blocks that used to be hubs that are gravel car parks and thousands of houses are red stickered and stand empty.

Mike Reynolds took an interest in the Christchurch situation and came to visit us in NZ for 6 days in mid March. Mike spoke at 3 public seminars to Christchurch residents, as well as meeting with the Christchurch City Council, doing a talk to architecture students, a retrofit talk at a farm homestead and 2 media interviews. Mike also lead the 3 day practical workshop with 35 participants of an Earthship build on the Hills above Christchurch. Here is what happened.

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Simple Survival Concept and Rationale

A few years back we all drove big cars.  Those were the days of the big Lincolns and Chryslers, and Cadillacs.  Even the Chevys and the Fords were big.  They were made with thick metal and they were heavy and big.   When the energy crunches began, and fuel prices started to rise a few brave companies put out compact cars.  They were ridiculed at first.  They were called “toys” and “unsafe”.  The first models of compact cars were loosing issues in terms of profits but they illustrated that you can still get there in a smaller car… and get there a lot cheaper.  The fuel prices never stopped going up.  Sure they would take a dive here and there but the over all graph on fuel prices was up.  So it is now with housing. Housing has been big and inefficient for a long time.  Energy shortages and dwindling natural resources are making us look at smaller, more planet dynamic housing.  The Earthship Simple Survival Concept is our answer to this issue.

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