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’m a casting producer for Leopard Films in NYC and we are casting a new documentary in which we want to profile people who are moving “Off the Grid”.
In a perfect world, we’d like to document your move from Suburbia to off the grid in order to live off the wild, build your own […]
from the Ithaca Earthship Build…
Our new friend Scott, a Cornell PhD student in biological and environmental engineering, is studying our earthship and its impact in our community and people’s happiness. Please fill out this short survey for him, especially if you’ve stopped by!
Trains are a good thing.
They gather up people and take them to places in a very efficient way.
Trains have opened up continents and developed countries.
There is nothing really wrong with trains…
except they can only go where there is track.
If there is no track, the train does not go… it is not possible.
The evolution of […]
Dear Earthship Dweller, I am a PhD student at the University of Adelaide, Australia, School of Architecture. I write to invite you to participate in the Earthship Occupants Questionnaire which investigates a wide range of issues relating to the Earthship and the Earthship lifestyle. In particular, the information collected will help in understanding the thermal comfort levels in Earthships, and how their off-grid systems perform in comparison to conventional utilities systems.
Earthship for Sale by Owner – $110,000
Built in 1993, this 1400 sq. ft. 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home is in the REACH earthship community, approximately 12 miles from Taos, NM and 10 miles from the world-class Taos Ski Valley. The home is nestled into the side of a south-facing slope in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains. At an elevation of 8407 ft. the views are spectacular — rugged mountains and a panoramic view of the entire Taos Valley. […]
The full moon is rising over the mountains to the east, bright and fat and every pine tree along the ridge is silhouetted by the moon in sharp detail like black paper cutouts. I’m sitting out side under an archway made of empty aluminum cans and cement. The ends of the cans shine, silvery coins, with moonlight.
Robyn is an artist documenting the collapse of America’s economy with a focus on those who are rebuilding life within it. I had only been in contact with Robyn through email when she pulled in to the driveway. She arrived in her pseudo housing/diesel jetta in which she has been not only traveling through the country in, but also using as her developing studio. She showed me a box full of portraits of people who have managed to surpass the decaying infrastructure with a grassroots spirit.
How do you explain to people what an alternative is when they do not understand the status quo? Stick-frame housing build with no consideration of the surrounding environment, relying on pumped in water, heat, air conditioning, electricity and pumping out its own waste at rate the municipal systems are not able to deal with. This model for housing is horribly outdated and can and will fail at any time from interruptions in the grid, shortages of fuel….
From now until eternity
Every decision made on this planet
By any jurisdiction
Should be made
With all the peoples
And all the animals
And all the plants
Mike and his wife Diane relocated from West Palm Beach, Florida to Taos, New Mexico almost a year ago to find out just that. They spent 30 years on the east coast near the beach and nothing could make them go back to conventional housing now. They said the only reason they did not do this sooner is because they still had kids at home.