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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.”

Off the Grid


In West Philadelphia, organizers use tires and earth to create an ambitious and energy-passive home

At a glance, the open-air lot at the corner of 41st and Lancaster appears to be littered with garbage—tires piled up in the northwest corner, mounds of dirt and cement mixed in with empty bottles and cans. But these familiar objects are not strewn about randomly; they have been intentionally collected to build the first urban Earthship. When it’s completed, it could be the most sustainable building in Philadelphia.

An Earthship is a passive solar house made from both natural and recycled materials (such as earth-filled tires), which makes it much more affordable to build than a conventional home. The design is the brainchild of New Mexico based iconoclast architect Michael Reynolds. Five years ago, Philadelphia resident Rashida Ali-Campbell watched Garbage Warrior, a documentary about Reynolds, and her life was changed. “Explosions went off in my head,” Ali-Campbell says. “Why haven’t we seen that here already?” […]

By |February 24th, 2015|

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Touchdown! Lancaster Ave Lands an Earthship


By |February 5th, 2015|

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Work continues at Cronk tire house

After more than four years of construction, work continues at the Lorraine, NY home of the Cronk family. The house is made primarily of tires, which collecting heat during the day and release it at night.

The house is a kind of Earthship, a green building initiative that reuses discarded materials. About 7,000 glass wine […]

By |January 26th, 2015|

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Philadelphia Earthship Workshops


Post by Earthship Biotecture.

By |January 17th, 2015|

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The First-Ever Urban Earthship Is Being Built In West Philly


There’s a vacant lot at 675 N. 41st Street in West Philadelphia that’s about to become something Philadelphia has never seen before–an Earthship.

When Thomas L. Miller, the owner of a vacant lot in West Philadelphia, heard a woman on the radio talking about her plan to build an “Earthship” in August of 2013, he was quick to call the radio station and donate his lot to her. The woman was Rashida Ali-Campbell, founder of Yeadon-based nonprofit LoveLovingLove, Inc. […]

By |January 5th, 2015|

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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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Garbage Warrior Viewing and Discussion featuring Jonah Reynolds

Garbage Warrior Screening in Philadelphia followed by discussion with Jonah Reynolds.
May 24, 7pm-10pm [$10] Discounted and side street parking available.
Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia – Rittenhouse SquarePhiladelphia, PA 19103(215) 735-3456email:
Renegade architect Michael Reynolds and his green disciples have devoted their time to advancing the art of “Earthship Biotecture” – passive, solar, off-the-grid, […]

By |February 14th, 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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Prelude to an Earthship. Philadelphia Tire Pounding Workshop

How would you like to live in a house with no electric bills, no air conditioning, no heating units and still be perfectly comfortable in the coldest winter or the hottest summer? If you answered yes then the house you want to live in is an Earthship ( Earthships are radically sustainable buildings made with recycled materials. On February 9, 2013, Bonzai Homesteads in collaboration with Village of Arts & Humanities ( and PhillyEarth ( will be presenting a workshop to teach you the very basics of building your own. What we’re going to show you is innovative, and certainly is different… It takes a problem and makes it an asset.
All details and sign up info at the Facebook event:


By |January 28th, 2013|

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Bernie Sanders loves Earthships


Congratulations on the recent construction of your Earthship in Huntington, Vermont.

In light of growing threats posed by man-made climate change, your decision to create a home that is nearly one hundred percent sustainable is truly admirable. By using natural, everyday materials you are creating a habitat that works in unison with the environment, rather […]

By |November 7th, 2012|

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