“The majority of hands on building will occur at the new Picuris Earthship shown in the picture below. This Global design is the highest performing Earthship and utilizes the newest components and techniques. The tires are currently finished and the bond beam is formed. It is ready to be roofed by our students.
The Eve project is set to continue and we are excited to seal up the 30 foot tall greenhouse. This house will provide future student housing and is pushing the limits of what can be done. The EVE project is part of our designated two acres of experimental architecture. The state of New Mexico has allowed us the freedom to try new techniques without the limits of standard construction. Read More
Work continued this past week on the Easter Island music school. Tires were pounded for a fourth vault and the vault was installed and plastered. One room is completely finished and the rest are on their way. The Earthship Academy students and local volunteers made it possible to do almost twice as much work on the building as originally planned.
Students took their final exam in the classroom which they aced! Earlier in the week students and crew were treated to a concert by the young music school students from the island. The concert was wonderful and reminded us all why we chose to be a part of this amazing project!
Michael Reynolds and six Earthship instructors will stay on the island for another 5 work days with some of the remaining Academy students and continue work on the building. There will be a special inauguration ceremony on December 17th. Read More
The Earthship Academy Global Session on Easter Island is in its second to last week. Our students are from 15 different countries and also include local residents and Rapa Nui people who are going to continue the construction after the Academy leaves. We have already accomplished more that planned in terms of structure. Four of the eight vaults of the Earthship Flower are up on the tire work and the classrooms are in different stages of completion. One classroom is nearly done and another is close to done. Cisterns are installed and gray water planters are dug and awaiting plumbing.
There have been several hits on a Global Model Earthship being built for a Taos family who was displaced after losing their home in Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Last year, we had 35 students and several crew members begin the tire pounding and within a week’s time were able to complete the 9 courses of the main structural tire wall. The Bilal family has been in Taos since that time and have been the focus of our local humanitarian effort.
Since last spring, Earthship Biotecture has donated time and labor working with our interns, Academy students and various high school groups towards enclosing and eventually finishing the Bilal family’s Earthship. Several groups have worked with us over the year to pack out the back tire wall creating more support and preparing for the roof to go on. Read More
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.