Saturday, July 30, 2011

Earthship Academy Application

By the end of next week, my application for the Earthship Academy will be complete. I'm hoping I get a spot for the Spring 2012 semester.

To find out more about the program click here.

British Columbia Earthships

At the end of June 2011, the construction of two beautiful Earthships (one studio and one three bedroom) was finished on a remote island just off the coast of British Columbia, Canada. This was the first time an Earthship crew has built two Earthships on the same plot of land at the same time. Although resources on the island were very scarce--due to the islands isolation--the crew was able to complete both Earthships in under a month.

This is the dream--to have a studio Earthship to write in and a three bedroom Earthship to live in.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

The Lizard

I got excited when I came across these images on the internet--a dense, well-designed Earthship community--but I didn't know if this community was already built, was going to be built or was just someone's fantasy. When I investigated further I found out that this was a drawing for The Lizard Development, an Earthship Community planned for Brighton, England. Upon completion, it will be the world’s highest density of Earthships, being home to 16 Earthships on a 1.1-hectare site overlooking Brighton's marina. It is expected to require 15 000 tires--15 000 tires that will not go to the dump. As of 2007 the planning process has been approved, but no word as to when construction will actually begin.

"Projects like this can be extremely powerful and they are vital as they point to a feasible alternative to current building methods. There are Earthship projects taking place across the world from Taos in New Mexico
to Southern Spain and there are individual developments happening in France. The Brighton project will be iconic. It is a prime site and
the development has the potential to capture the imagination and make a global impact." -Daren Howarth (co-director of Biotecture, the social enterprise that submitted the application for the development.)

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Earthship Overview

For those of you who aren't familiar with Earthships, Cantore Stories -- a TV show on The Weather Channel -- filmed a great episode illustrating the concept.

Watch it here.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Reading in The Phoenix

In August 2010, my brother and I travelled down to the Earthship Biotecture World Headquarters just outside of Taos, New Mexico to see and experience Earthships for ourselves.
We stayed in The Phoenix, the most luxurious and advanced Earthship design to-date, valued at $1.5 million. It was incredible to say the least. Just from staying in The Phoenix for a night I experienced more of a sense of freedom and a deeper connection with nature than I've ever had while staying in a building.

Here I am reading in The Phoenix Earthship.