Contemporary Architecture

Michael Reynolds – Earthship


  • Born in 1945 and Graduated from University of Cincinnati in 1969.
  • He is a self-described “guy who’s trying to do some sustainable housing for the future.
  • He believes our consumerist society is destroying our natural resources and eco-systems.
  • And thus called “King of garbage”

His objectives:

  • To reduce the economic and institutional barriers between people and sustainable housing.
  • To begin reversing the overall negative effect that conventional housing has on the planet.
  • To provide a direction for those who want to live in harmony with their environment.
  • And for this he created the concept of Earthships

Earthships – Sustainable, independent buildings and system:

  • Started with individual homes and now, Community of green homes.
  • Sizes begin at the 800 square ft to 1500 sq ft.
  • Unexpected materials in different ways:
  • Tires, cardboard, bottles, plastics and glass, aluminum and steel cans.

Based on 6 concepts:

  • Comfort
  • Water
  • Natural materials
  • Food products
  • Sewage treatment
  • Electricity

The 6 Principles that define an Earthship:

  1. Comfort: Earthships maintain comfortable temperatures in any climate.
  2. Electricity from the sun, wind, generator and grid-intertie
  3. Sewage Treatment, Containment and Distribution: Sewage: Earthships contain use and reuse all household sewage in indoor and outdoor treatment cells resulting in food production and landscaping with no pollution of aquifers .
  4. Building with natural and recycled materials.
  5. Water: Catch water from the sky: clean and potable:  Water caught from the roof  channeled through silt into the cistern      feed a Water Organizing Module with a pump and filter. The filters clean the water for consumption and cleaning.
  6. Food Products: Earthship wetlands, the planters that hold hundreds of gallons of water from sinks and the shower are a great place for raising some of the fresh produce

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