Michael Reynolds es un líder mundial en energías renovables y arquitectura sostenible desde hace 45 años. La amplitud, la profundidad y el alcance mundial de su obra es inigualable. Michael Reynolds diseña y construye casas totalmente autosuficientes, construidas mayoritariamente con materiales naturales y reciclados.
Estas casas se llaman Earthships y se han construido en todo el mundo. Las Earthships (Navetierra en español) mantienen una temperatura ambiente de forma natural, producen su propia electricidad, recolectan y almacenan agua de lluvia, tratan aguas residuales y producen alimentos claves en una dieta saludable. Todo esto sin tener que pagar recibos de luz o de agua.
Michael Reynolds es además el jefe de diseño, tanto de estructura como de sistemas. Es capaz de adaptar los diseños Earthship y las técnicas de construcción a cualquier clima del mundo. Es el fundador de tres comunidades Earthship en el mundo, autor de siete libros y personaje principal del documental “Garbage Warrior”.
“The American Dream Project” travelled around the United States on motorcycles visiting towns and communities in search of places where the American Dream is still alive. In the “Taos: Innovation” episode they visited the Greater World Earthship Community and the Earthship Academy. They spoke with Earthship Founder Michael Reynolds, Academy advisor Tom Duke and a few of the students. They also pitched in and helped build a bottle wall at the EVE: Earthship Village Ecologies Project.
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.
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.
We on our ninth day of the Earthship Academy Session in Argentina. All 73 students are on site together today doing a big push on the building. Front face framing is being finished. Thermal wrap and earth burial continue. Inside, glass bottle brick walls will start to go up. There is a first coat of plaster on both vaults and tire packout is happening.
This is the most visible Earthship that we’ve ever built and is being done with full support of the local government. The latitude is the most extreme that we’ve ever built in, farthest from the equator and very close to the South Pole. This climate will put the Earthship and its systems to the test. We are honored to be working on this project and thank both the city of Ushuaia and all of our wonderful Academy students from around the world.
We are pleased to announce the very first Earthship Academy Global Session. The Earthship Academy offers extensive training in Earthship design principles, construction methods and philosophy. The Earthship Academy has trained over 200 students from around the world. We are building an Earthship Army and the Academy offers education for those who are excited to learn and expand the Earthship concept globally. This is the first time we are offering a session outside our headquarters in Taos, New Mexico.
We will teach hands-on building techniques while constructing a 2U Simple Survival Earthship. This structure is going to be a public art project. The space will be an educational sculpture used to demonstrate Earthship technology while helping to clean up the coastline by using trash in the construction process. READ MORE »
With the snow-capped Sangre de Cristo mountains in the background, Michael Reynolds talks to a TV crew from Argentina. The crew tours the Phoenix Earthship which has a lush jungle growing despite the frigid outside temperature. The crew is stunned by the temperature difference between the outside and the interiors of the Earthships. Ron Sciarrillo explains some of the recycled building materials and shows the aquaponics system in the Earthship Visitor Center. In Spanish and some English. READ MORE »