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". . . the Earthship is the epitome of sustainable design and construction. No part of sustainable living has been ignored in this ingenious building."
To specifically design and build homes that ...
To evolve the way humans live on this planet by evolving existing methods of living, home by home.
To make small, believable steps toward slowing down and ultimately reversing the negative impact of human development as it relates to the Earth’s ability to continue to support life.
To present these steps in a way that affords easy understanding and inspires people to act.
To empower people to make positive changes in their own lives to reduce their personal carbon footprint.
"If all the soldiers in all the armies in all the world put down their weapons and picked up tools and started building sustainable, carbon zero housing for all the people of the world our problems would be over and real life for all people would begin."
- Michael Reynolds
- Czech Republic
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All housing becomes permanent regardless. People live in it until it falls apart even if it was meant to be temporary.
The Haiti Earthship Project is a permanent, sustainable structure that takes care of the people (clean water, sanitary sewage treatment) and requires very few skills which are easy to acquire. The local people can replicate these buildings and systems.
We do not want people to become dependant on products that we make or any country makes. We want people to be empowered by the ability to create sustenance for themselves, and in doing so, create employment, jobs and a mini-economy. An entire method that is independent of corporations, largely independent of oil and independent of politics.
Its Putting Housing Back into the Hands of the People.
We are bringing the people some technology and demonstrating it. We are bringing a method of living that has taken us over 40 years to develop. We have a few communities using it. We are doing buildings all over the world using this method. We are taking this method of living to Haiti to demonstrate and evolve it toward and with the Haitian people on the level at which Haiti needs it, not taking "developed" world housing and trying to make it work in Haiti.
The key here is that we are
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Haiti Eco Living Project - H.E.L.P.
After we finish up our prototype demonstration Earthship at the Grassroots compound in late January, 2011, we are taking what we learned from that and what we have absorbed from our time spent with the Haitian people and attempting to move forward with project H.E.L.P. - Haiti Eco Living Project. Groups of Earthships the Haitian people can build themselves that are absolutely sustainable. These Earthships are built using materials found in and around Port-Au-Prince.
Each Earthship for Haiti houses 32 people in eight groups of four people each with eight flush toilets. This provides quick and strong housing with sanitary and healthy systems. Food production and food preparation are designed in with solar ovens. A small solar powered electrical unit powers cell phones, laptops, lights, etc.
These Earthships that house 32 people can be grouped together in many different configurations to provide housing for 256 people in a 240 foot diameter. Group more Earthships and we can house 2,048 people and group even more to house 18,432 people. All sustainable, all within the principles of Earthship Biotecture.
2010 Haiti Earthship Project
Thanks to everyone who helped provide information, connections, advice and donations for the Earthship Biotecture recon visit to Haiti. As it turned out it was much more than a recon visit... we built a building with the help of 40 Haitians from the tent camps - ages 4 to 50.
- We fed them lunch each day for four days and they helped and learned how to build this earthquake resistant and hurricane resistant building made from garbage all sourced within a mile from the build site.
- We went back to add systems to this building, again with their help.
- We managed to get into the heart of the Haitian people who are living in the tent camps.
- We found out what they need and we found out that we can help them provide it for themselves.
- We raised only $7,000 for this trip and it was all used for travel expenses, local accommodations, food, shots, feeding the Haitian build crew and buying materials.
- There were no wages or pay of any kind for the Earthship team - they went for free.
Earthship Biotecture will be teaming up with Long Way Home for a second build in Comalapa, Guatemala. The build will begin on January 21st and run through February 8th, 2013. During the course of the three weeks we will finish a 3U Simple Survival Model Earthship. The house will incorporate adapted versions of all Earthship systems including a bucket shower, 'outlaw' septic, black and grey water systems, a solar electric system and passive heating and cooling. The site is located just below the first Earthship we built for Maria and her family in December of 2011.
We are inviting 50 volunteers to work along side of the Earthship crew and Long Way Home crew. Workshop attendees will experience an affordable start to finish build incorporating all of the Earthship methods and materials.
Updates from the Field:
Giving Back in Guatemala
We are respectfully requesting donations.
Our fundraising goal is: $55,000.
The house will be built for Romeo Apen, his wife and young child. A life-long Comalapa resident, Romeo has worked on the Long Way Home green builders crew since their school construction project started in 2009.
When he joined the team his work background was corn farming; he is now their build team foreman. Romeo has worked along side the Earthship crew on two builds in Guatemala and is enthusiastic about the environmental and economic benefits of alternative construction. He is an ambassador for sustainable housing in his community yet can't afford a sustainable home for himself. He and nine other Comalapan members of the Long Way Home team will be working with us to hone their green building skills so that they can continue to make a difference in a community where 67% of the population lives on less than $2USD/day.
We are very thankful to those who donated to the last Comalapa build. Thanks to you, Maria and her family have broken the circle of poverty. All her kids are in school now and their quality of life has completely changed for the better. As Maria’s daughter so eloquently put it, they are now the architects of their own future!
The cost for this three-week workshop is $1000. Included in this price is 20 nights at a local hotel as well as breakfast every morning at the hotel and lunch on the build site.
Volunteers will be expected to work 15 eight-hour days with weekends off. Transportation to and from Comalapa is not included, although ground transportation from Guatemala City to Comalapa can be arranged by us. 75% of the workshop cost will go directly to materials for Romeo's new home.
Please contact us with this form for more information and to register for this exciting and fulfilling event.
All form submissions are sent to firstname.lastname@example.org (project leader).
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Eric Poxleitner - Architect AIBC MRAIC LEED® AP BD+C... I have over 20 years of practicing here in Canada and approx. 10 of those years in dealing with 'stick-handling' (to use a very canadian term) through local and municipal 'stuff' in BC, so that if anyone who has a vision or are interested in building 'earthships' in Western Canada, and might need any help in addressing issues related to local reg's etc. (as best as I can…) I would be more than happy to connect or network with yourselves to assist on that level if that is helpful.
MALLENGOWINGBERZINS | MGBA.ca
Welcome to the Mexico Earthship Network.
This site is meant to be a resource for people interested in living sustainably in Mexico.
Get your Earthship built in Mexico. Local contact:
Anna Sorrentino Ambrosi
We are Sentido Contrario, we are situated In Todos Santos, Baja California sur.
Our Mission is to research, design and construct sustainable, economic and functional living solutions and our VISION is realizing dreams proposing solutions and promoting awarness.
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Earthship Biotecture: El arte de vivier sin combustibles fosiles. Viviendas de emisiones cero.
At the Centro Metropolitano de Diseño on February 7th at 17:00 hrs.
Centro Metropolitano de Diseño
Algarrobo 1041 (C1293ABA)
Ciudad de Buenos Aires
by David Aubor via http://thesecretlifeofduuvy.wordpress.com
That is the question it seems. Is it time that Australia, with all its abundance of natural resource and limitless creativity, find a space within its red-soil heart for the Earthship concept to call home?. Before we approach this question lets discuss, what is an Earthship?
- Phoenix – The Graceland of Earthships. This was built in response to a high end Earthship attempted by a developer who abandoned understanding of Earth phenomena and the project eventually failed. This building is a fine example of what is possible with high budgets and an accumulative 4 billion years of planetary evolution
‘its not a building, its terrain. we are going to make a nest within the terrain’ Michael Reynolds
The Earthship crew has recently begun a new build in its headquarters’ home state. The clients are working to begin a new life living off the grid by building a 1-bedroom global model Earthship in a small rural town outside of Albuquerque called Estancia. Crewmembers have been called down for different stages in the building process for periods of time spanning 1-4 weeks at a time. There have been two separate monthly groups of interns with representation from all over the United States and other countries such as New Zealand, Brazil, Mexico, Canada and the Czech Republic. This build is scheduled for two months for completion, September-October 2012.
from the Manitoba Earthship Project A friend reminded me recently that our website could use a little updating - and so here I will attempt an update on the highlights from August - September in one post with a promise to improve my posting skills in the future. First let me say that we (Kris & Nicole) have experienced the best and most busy summer of our lives. Building your own Earthship is wild - tons of work, research, planning, debating, checking & double-checking, and crossing of fingers. I would only recommend doing this yourself if everyone who will live in the home is fully committed, on the same page, and ready for some sacrifice.
DAVE McGINN - The Globe and Mail
To build their dream home on a patch of farmland in Southern Ontario, Craig and Connie Cook had to source 1,200 old tires. Packed with dirt, they are the bricks of their “earthship” – an off-the-grid home made of recycled materials, in which the main source of heat is the sun.
Earthships are the brainchild of Michael Reynolds, a New Mexico-based architect and the founder of Earthship Biotecture, a company that designs and builds homes constructed with about 45-per-cent reused materials, including plastic and glass bottles, cans, reclaimed wood, natural plaster and stone, and reclaimed metal from washing machines and refrigerators.
There are dozens of such homes in Canada, where the concept has seen a surge following a 2007 documentary about Reynolds called Garbage Warrior. The movie helped popularize Earthships, which appeal to many for both environmental and economic reasons.
Greetings from Taos!
Well I've been lucky enough to be able to revisit Taos this year to get some more hands-on experience, see some old friends, visit with the Academy and try and organise for some workshops in Australia for 2013. I thought Id just give a quick summary of what happened and what I observed this time round.
Well Taos is in full swing in September. There's builds going on in Estancia and Pataka in New Mexico and finishing the towers and EVE project, with the crew dispersed between them. The Fall Academy are split between working hard on the EVE project and a G2 built in the Greater World community where they are currently installing the solar hot water, solar and water systems. The new classrom in the EVE project seems to make for a more formal learning environment than previous venues and the work is at a pretty high level with the second level of can and bottle work on the front face of the EVE proving to be very challenging (especially as the winds picked up). The Crew have had a busy year with international builds in Czech and coming up in Guatemala and Argentina finishing off a number of different project in 2012. The vaulted dome model which we experimented with in Guatemala seems to be Mike R's new favourite with a build for a doctor being finished in Vermont recently over the summer which demonstrated its ability to be adapted to a colder climate and with nice finishings.
October 22-November 2, 2012.
Earthship Biotecture is looking for apprentices to join a small Earthship Crew to help finish a two-bedroom, two-bathroom new Vaulted Global Model Earthship in Vermont October 20 through November 2.
Work with veteran Earthship Builders learning the basic concepts of Earthships as well as advanced finish techniques.
Apprentices work on a voluntary basis and are responsible for their own transportation and lodging. Camping will be available on site.
We will accept 10 apprentices on a first come, first served basis.
The minimum time commitment is one week.
For the past 6 weeks, Tim and I traveled around the West between Utah, Nevada, and California. I am now writing this from Washington, where I study at The Evergreen State College, and Tim is still at the build site. We are originally from Southern California, a place whose natural beauty made it easy to fall in love with nature. Our shared interests in sustainability, Seasteading, permaculture, and “off-the-grid” lifestyles lead us to discover Earthship Biotecture. When we found out about the opportunity to help build an Earthship in New Mexico, we jumped on it.
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