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.
...in Taos, New Mexico
‘These are the most sustainable houses I have ever seen, and if these are the most sustainable houses, then this is how I should build.’ That was my first response to seeing Garbage Warrior, a documentary about renegade architect Michael Reynolds and his quest to build truly sustainable homes.
The Earthship is Michael’s answer to the challenge of sustainable housing. Put simply, Earthships are radically sustainable buildings, constructed with recycled materials. They are far from conventional, but they work, extremely well, and that is why Michael has been building them for over 40 years.
Help Preston and Celina get to New York state to attend the Freeville Earthship Build Course with inventor Michael Reynolds.
Hi- we are Preston Turner and Celina Halingten, a couple who are seriously passionate about sustainable living. So passionate that for the last 3 years we have been trying to get into one of the sustainable home building internship classes put on by Micheal Reynolds, inventor of Earthship Biotecture (http://earthship.com/).
It’s been almost a week since I left the Earthship build, and I still haven’t fully physically recovered.
Now that may make me sound like a wimp, but those of you who were there and this was also you’re first time doing labor and construction 7 hours a day for a week, you know what I’m talking about.
For those of you who only know me from the build, I am generally more likely to be found in heels and a snappy outfit with some mascara on, not a bandana and a jog bra, covered with earth. I go to work and sit in front of a computer, real cushy-like. That’s my day job and how I spend most of my time. But I also love camping, the outdoors and new experiences. My husband and I just bought an inflatable kayak that is super sweet. We go for long walks and hikes and we bike. But. I had never really done manual labor. I had never consistently used tools for more than a few minutes at a time to fix an errant shelf in my house. I had never lifted a sledgehammer. I have rarely worked my body to exhaustion, even at the gym.
|Earthship Biotecture is selecting 10 apprentices to work side by side with at least 5 members of the Earthship crew. We will be completing a two-week project of finish work on an existing Earthship. Work to be done iincludes laying flagstone and wood for flooring, mud plastering, greenhouse finish work, rough-in greywater botanical cell plumbing as well as a custom Earthship septic/blackwater system.||
Where: Buffalo, Wyoming
The crew will be working on a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom Global Model Earthship. Tire work will be completed by the client before the arrival of the Earthship Team.
Interns work alongside the Earthship Team to take the building through structural enclosure with the rough in of all independent power, water and sewage systems. Learn can bond beam forms, mud pack out, bottle walls, roof framing, roofing, thermal wrap and the beginnings of systems.
by Michael Reynolds, Earthship Creator.
Well kids here's how it is... We have a 650 acre sustainable community that we fought hard for ten years to establish. The reason we had to fight was that we wanted no infrastructure or conventional utilities to be in this community. We wanted it green, sustainable, autonomous, and free. That upset everyone in authority so we were in for it. We kept fighting and finally got it.
We have maybe the only 650 acre development on the planet that is allowed to have no infrastructure or utilities. We sold this idea because the Earthship building does everything for itself.
The concept for the HIVE is as follows...
It is after the developed world living systems - centralized utilities, economy, transportation, food production and government itself - have all gradually crumbled to the point of critical mass and fully collapsed. People are on their own. A small group of about a dozen people have stumbled on to a large building in the desert of New Mexico that has been abandoned. It was clearly an attempt at a sustainable building that failed. The basic structure was was quite beautiful with inspiring spaces built very well, but it ends there. There was a mis-guided attempt to provide luxurious, even decadent, systems in a sustainable way which in itself is a contradiction. In fact, this building is a testament to the inappropriateness that prevailed just before the fall.