[Earthship Biotecture] Update for November 14, 2014
Malawi Earthship. Phiippines Earthship. Philadelphia Workshops and more... This email contains graphics, so if you don't see them, view it in your browser.
November 14, 2014
Only 40 days left until Christmas! If you are looking for a somewhat different gift for a special person, participate in our fundraising campaign for Earthship's humanitarian builds in 2015 - Malawi and Philippines - and make a donation in the name of somebody you care about.
You will be contributing to a good cause (we are not able to do any humanitarian builds without these funds) and you or the person of your choice will receive a THANK YOU perk.
- Building a W.O.M. (Water Organizing Module) - Building can walls. - Plumbing and finish burial for the cistern. - Stem wall insulation and weatherizing.
Workshop ticket includes evening Earthship lecture emphasizing Catchwater and Contained Sewage Treatment by Jonah Reynolds, Earthship Biotect. Take part in this amazing opportunity to help finish the Silver Lake Earthship in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and learn hands-on sustainable building methods and best practices.
Tears trickled from Rashida Ali-Campbell’s eyes Friday morning as she watched volunteers turn old tires and empty beer cans into a haven for the have-nots in her West Philadelphia neighborhood.
“Have you ever wanted something so much?” she asked. “So many people are helping make this dream come true. This is what I have prayed for.”Tires stuffed with hundreds of pounds of dirt will form walls. Old oven doors will serve as roof shingles. When she is done with what used to be a warehouse at 675 N. 41st Street, it will be a studio with a garden adorned with fruit trees and vegetables.
The Earthship Biotecture Academy offers extensive training in Earthship design principles, construction methods and philosophy. Academy classes, labs, tours and hands-on construction techniques are led by Michael Reynolds and a staff of top Earthship builders, electricians, plumbers, plant specialists and educators. We are building an Earthship Army and the Academy offers education for those who are excited to learn and live the Earthship philosophy and help expand it globally.
We are currently recruiting student volunteers and fundraising in preparation of this project which will take place 12-24 January 2015.
During this time, we will be working on finishing the Kapita Community Center, a building which is essential for a very remote community in Malawi. Last year, we were able to complete two rooms which are currently being used as a community bank and for storage. The remaining 6 rooms will provide a women's shelter, a library, water harvesting systems, power, showers and batherooms, all of these being vital for this community's self-sustainability. We will be building at least another two rooms in January and teach the local community all the necessary skills to finish the building by themselves.
The participation fee to join us in this exciting project is USD $1,000. The entire amount of this fee goes towards production, tools and materials for this project. We would not be able to do any of this without the great support of our volunteers. Transport from the airport to the site and back, a camping spot and some food (three meals a day consisting of local vegetarian food) are included in this fee. No prior experience is needed, our great teachers will accommodate to you and make sure you get some great learnings from it! :)
The Earthship Biotecture crew, joined by a team of local, national and international volunteers has built what is called the “Windship” Earthship design in the Philippines in response to typhoon Haiyan. The Windship has evolved from the Simple Survival Earthship design and functions to serve as an aerodynamic storm shelter and school building for a community outside of Tacloban on Leyte Island.
In February 2015, our crew will be returning to the Philippines in order to complete the structure’s finishes and to install the power and water systems. We will be simultaneously building a zerocost hut in the community, made solely from salvaged, local and recycled materials. Our efforts are being coordinated with two organizations on the ground, the Earth Village Project and One Block for Batug, who are helping our work with the local community.
We are raising money for this project through general donations as well as student sign ups. Currently, we are looking for registrants for the finish hit of this project. The registered students will train alongside a professional crew and will be involved in the education of the local volunteers. All contributions go entirely into the job itself and are needed in order make this project a success.
We have established an amazing relationship with the local community during the first round and would love to share this experience with you this upcoming February.
Earthship Seattle Update: It’s been 3 weeks now. The progress has been slower than anticipated, as we’re still working on the tire wall, but we’ve had great work parties and made new friends. We have also been sourcing other materials as we’ve used more than we anticipated and needed to adapt as the project progressed. We’re still focusing heavily on building with recycled & natural materials, finding creative ways to use garbage, and relying on the community to make the whole thing happen. read more at earthship.com