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Earthship Workshop in Portugal, Vale De Prazeres

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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 READ MORE »

2014 Earthship Lecture Tour With Michael Reynolds

This spring Michael Reynolds will be hosting a series of lectures about Earthships in multiple cities around Europe.

This is an effort to share 40 years of research and development on self-sufficient housing with the masses.

The lectures are structured as a 1-day seminar in each European city (see dates below). Many concepts and issues within sustainability will be discussed but the main focus is on the concepts of Biotecture and the six core principals of the Earthship model.

DATES; MAY 10 – 27, 2014:

– May 10 – Vila Nova de Famalicão, Art house – Portugal, 15 min from Porto

– May 17 – Oradea University – Romania, Oradea

– May 21 – Acquaworld – Italy, Milano

– May 24 – Berlin University of the Arts – Germany, Berlin

–  May 27 – Freiburg, Germany

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2014 European Earthship lecture tour

Michael Reynolds will be touring Europe this spring presenting the Earthship concept and systems.

Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal – Saturday, May 10

Ordea, Romania – Saturday, May 17

Berlin, Germany – Saturday, May 24

Tickets on sale now!  http://earthshipstore.com/es-learning-opportunities

Earthship Workshop in Sweden | April 19 – 21

tickets: earthship.com/europe

SAFE – Sustainable Autonomy For Everyone

Earthship Workshop i Stockholm med arkitekten Michael Reynolds

Michael Reynolds har 40 års erfarenhet av forskning, utveckling och byggnation av självförsörjande & energieffektiva bostäder

3 DAGARS WORKSHOP OM EKOLOGISK ARKITEKTUR, BYGGMETODER & TILLÄMPNING

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Stockholm Event – April 19th-21st

Currently Earthship Biotecture is building a 3-U Survival Pod Earthship for Romeo Apen and his family alongside of Long Way Home.  Here in Comalapa, Guatemala we have volunteers from all over the world on the job site.  Involved in the build includes members of Earthship Biotecture Sweden who are here to learn about the building techniques in order to bring the concept back home.

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Public’s views sought on eco village plan

from fifetoday.co.uk

residents in Burntisland are being asked for their views on a proposed forthcoming eco project in the town.

SCI at the Earthship (Sustainable Communities Initiatives) is in the process of applying to Fife Council for planning permission to develop an eco site on land in Burntisland known locally as the Widows Land.

As well as building 12 eco homes for people to rent as affordable housing, the development would focus heavily on enhancing the biodiversity of the site and surrounding woodland.

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Get back to nature: Alastair Sawday picks his favourite French getaways

A writer should seize the imagination in the opening sentence. Well, how about “a retired fishing boat that has become a cottage”, or “sleep in a sweet-smelling hayloft”? Irresistible. I want to be there immediately. If I still had young children I would haul them there in the full certainty that they would not want to leave. And I, of course, would be in intimate contact with my inner child, the one who once built elaborate dens in a similar hay loft.

These places are the stuff of dreams, from unique spots where an outdoor shower – screened by willows and beside a frothing stream – is the height of luxury, to the magic of a terrace in the treetops. Real luxury, rather than the ersatz, humdrum hotel-y kind, comes in all shapes and sizes.

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Living Your House

Ever since I watched the first Pippi Longstocking movie I knew that I loved a house that is not normal.

She lives in a villa that in English is called ‘Villa Villekulla’, not just an awesome house on the outside, but just as fresh and authentic on the inside.

The furniture is unique, all with wonderfull playfull but natural -lovingly made – details, all made for actual using.
And the way that Pippi makes use of the house was great too; sliding down bannisters, climbing the roof, horse on the porch, monkey as companion.

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Scotlands First Earthship

Not only Scotland’s first, but the first to be built in the UK, the construction of Earthship Fife Visitor Centre was begun in July 2002 during an intensive 8 day building programme with American Earthship pioneer Michael Reynolds and 11 trainees from across Scotland and England. From July 2002 to 2004 more than 200 volunteers completed the Earthship during weekends and work experience days.

Overlooking Kinghorn Loch, this centre shares a site with Craigencalt Ecology Centre and is built back into the hillside. Although the building is being used as a demonstration, full housing standards were applied when going through the planning process, and Sustainable Communities Initiatives are running an on-going monitoring process to assess an Earthship’s performance in Scotland’s climate.

Unfortunately the building itself was closed on the only day I could visit, but there was plenty of activity in the grounds and gardens, as well as bright ideas on recycling – a subject dear to my heart!

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