Global Model @ HQ being built by the Spring Academy cont.
The Academy session is already in its final few weeks and the one bedroom global model is looking more like a house every day. The interior framing is almost completed with proper footings in place for door frames. Electrical boxes are being installed, grey water bed has been filled and packing out of the tire wall continues. This past week, the vigas were delivered and took all students to get them up the berm and in place. Here are a few pictures of this process and the progress of the building.
Academy Session: Fall 2011
What drew you to enroll in the Earthship Academy program?
I am inspired by the Earthship concepts and unusual design. I am incredibly curious about urban planning and sustainable design, especially incorporating humanitarian work and focusing on communities with less modern resources.
What was your favorite aspect of the academy? Why?
I think the combined package is another aspect that drew me into the academy. I considered the internship, but I also wanted the theoretical and practical knowledge behind the construction. That being said, I enjoyed working outside everyday, living in New Mexico, and building relationships with my fellow students and with the Earthship crew. I love the design aspect of developing the projects. As far as the physical labor, I loved laying can walls, the occasional tire pounding session was awesome, and learning about mixing concrete/mud, those were my favorites. I liked learning about plants and food production, but felt that our group did not have much time to incorporate these elements in practice.
Academy Session: Fall 2011
I heard about Earthships through word of mouth and then saw them featured in a video about permaculture. I then took my family and friends decided to bring kids come to Taos in February of 2010 and we rented out the Phoenix Earthship. I was hooked after that.
It was cold and dry in Taos and the interior of the building was beautiful, warm, moist and functional. I went to Visitor Center and bought all of the books and read them. I decided to enroll in the internship program as this was before the Earthship Academy was established.
After several visits to the website in attempt to enroll in the internship, I saw the academy program. When I was accepted into the program I moved my whole family out to Taos for the duration of the academy, including my 8-month pregnant wife (who ended up giving birth in an Earthship in the Greater World Community).
by David Duuvy, former Earthship Academy Student
“Hey Dave. You remember Campbell, don't you? Well, he is heading out somewhere in New Mexico to build these wacky homes made out of trash. You should check em' out”. That was the post coital whisper that started it all.
I was running a cafe at the time. It was in an old warehouse littered amongst an industrial estate turned hip retreat for your average mortgage wielding yuppie with pressed jeans, pressed shirt, pressed time and an unimpressed gaze of longing, Brunswick Australia.
Hello, my name is Gonzalo and I’m from Chile. I had the most amazing experience of my life a couple of months ago in Taos, NM learning how to build Earthships… For the first time in my life I didn’t feel alone.
16 years ago, when I just a kid, my dad took me with him and a couple of his friends to build “mediaguas” (3x6 meters-big emergency social homes), for poor people who live nearby Santiago. That was the first time I affronted the housing problem in Chile… I couldn’t stop crying when I would pray at night remembering how thankful these people were for their new home and remembering the exact words my father said to them when we gave them the house: “sorry for the little, but we don’t have anymore to give, for now.”
a start to finish build/workshop with Earthship Acamedy graduate, Duuvy Jester
Hello there, one and all! Thank you for gathering here to read about an upcoming opportunity to learn about the wonders of Biotecture. We are going to be conducting a start to finish build in Queensland, Australia. The Earthship design concept and systems are going to be applied to the subtropical climate of the area. The cement content is going to be replaced with hempcrete. Hempcrete is a masonry that is made from hemp fibers and a lime based binder. It is light weight, low embodied energy and does not require kiln baking. This is going to be the first building of its type to be built using hemp. Exciting times! The site is on a residential permaculture plot. We would like to invite you to come and get involved.
sent to us by former Earthship Academy student, Viola Sartori
Without access to fresh, clean drinking water, millions of people around the world must endure compromised health conditions and a poor standard of living. Many, mostly women, are forced to walk long hours to find water supplies, which are often polluted, only to face the backbreaking task of carrying it home. By the year 2025, 2/3 of the world population will lack sufficient fresh water, so this problem is only going to get worse if we don’t find a practical solution
Designer Gabriele Diamanti has spent many years traveling the world, and seen this problem repeated over and over. He decided to use his knowledge of industrial design, renewable energy, and social issues to create a possible solution. What emerged is something Diamanti likes to call a solar still: a device that takes salt or brackish water and creates something drinkable.
Whoa! What a trip. Two months of pure labor intensive euphoria.
When I had first heard of Earthships, like many of you, I knew it was something special . I needed to know more, I had to get my hands dirty first hand, really, I needed to feel the magic.
After my application was approved and it really sunk in – I was super excited. Who knows what to expect. Even after reading this – you wont know either – unless you do it. Friday, day one, was filled with meeting thirty people from all over the globe and getting a pleasant orientation with Mike Reynolds and Kirsten Jacobson (two of the three founders of the Earthship Academy along with Ron Sciarrillo.) Later we entered our sleeping quarters, no need for a description here except for be open minded when you come and willing to have a crash course in communal living. Which for me as a person who is alone most of the time, was something I needed to experience and was glad I did.
Once considered a marginal eccentric, Reynolds is today seen as something of a green visionary, attracting architects, designers and builders who come to New Mexico to learn how to construct an earthship. Over a thousand have been built around the world, from Australia to Haiti to Southern England. earthrise visits the original earthship community in New Mexico to meet the big thinker behind the experimental homes.