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 just watched the documentary Garbage Warrior recently and it totally blew my mind.
I’ve been aware of Earthships for a few years now and ever since then, whenever I fantasize about my dream home the only thing I can think about are Earthships. To put it as briefly as possible, Earthships are self sustaining homes made out of recycled materials like tires and cans that are covered with mud. They are designed to be completely self sufficient. They store solar energy, collect rainwater, and can process their own sewage. The walls are designed to collect and store thermal energy, which is then radiated at night. The temperature inside an earthship remains relatively the same year around. With a successful greenhouse/garden, a person could potentially self sustain on their Earthship and live completely off the grid at all times. And they are BEAUTIFUL.
Okay, I’m really excited about this post because BOTH of these things are what I’m dying to do. Consider volunteering on an organic farm through an organization such as WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) or learn about/volunteer to help build an earthship/earthship-esque home (http://earthship.com/). There are some criticisms about the original earthship, but there is also a lot to be learned from this design. This idea is evolving constantly and is very exciting.
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2. Earthship Biotecture, Taos, New Mexico– Average Nightly Rate: $120 Part accommodation, piece of art and science project, these unique desert dwellings are made from recycled and sustainable materials and utilize natural elements to provide a comfortable experience for guests. Although each pod is powered solely by the sun, wind, and rain, guests still have access to modern amenities including Wi-Fi, television, and on-demand movies in their rented pod. A TripAdvisor traveler said, “The structure itself is just beautiful, the creativity combined with science is truly amazing.”
Justin Bell and the new Mercedes GL450 at the Earthship community in NM…for some reason!
During a recent trip to New Mexico for the filming of WFCS Season II we came across the worlds largest sustainable community…..and we looked appropriately out of place…!
Being back in Taos was like a long awaited ceremony. The cool, dry mountain air was a refreshing relief after two weeks in the south, and we had the privilege of connecting with inspiring people and an energetic landscape. For me, our visit was all the more meaningful because it was the first time in two years I’ve been back to my hometown during summer months. It is greener than I remembered, and the thunderheads are even more impressive.
By Liam Browne
Imagine no household bills forever. Well that’s the reality couple Daren and Adrianne created with their eco house in the picturesque countryside of Brittany, France. For the price of a terrace in Stockport they designed and hand built Groundhouse, with the help of friends, volunteers and local craftsmen it was completed in 2006. For those of you who watch Grand Designs, it was the house made of tyres and in the words of Kevin McCloud, Groundhouse is ‘ecologically sensitive and treads lightly on the planet’. Daren’s reasons for wanting to build the house are cited as being the fact that ‘people have lost touch with providing shelter for themselves. Property has become a commodity for someone else’s profit with little concern for working with nature to reduce impact and living costs’. He also says that in the UK the concentration of land is owned by the few which drives prices up, citing this as the main reason for building in France.
from Earthship Chile
I’m from Chile two weeks ago we had an earthquake of 6/7 richter, our tire wall stand without problems and our wall is just tires no concrete on it … enough evidence for me that Earthships are earthquake-proof .
Sorry about my English not mi native language hope you understand.
Greetings from Chile.http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003696586770
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March 2010Dear Earthship staff – We wanted to drop a quick note to thank everyone there for our very enjoyable stay in the “Corner Cottage” last Thursday and Friday (3/18 & 3/19). What a wonderful dwelling the “Corner Cottage” is!
Thank you for the inspiring and transformative experience! This place is as magical and whimsical as its namesake and echo’s the creativity, perseverance, and souls of each of the people who helped bring it to life. We look forward to utilizing the vision you have passed onto us in our building future.
What a great experience here at the Earthship Phoenix! I enjoyed the peace and quiet and was in awe of the craftsmanship of the house. What a work of art! Hope to come back again soon! – Alaska