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Earthships—Not Yet Ready for Stockbridge Liftoffs
This Tuesday, the 2018 Earthship Biotecture Conference will be called to order—but I’m not aware whether any Stockbridge delegates will be attending. Since sustainability and minimal use of the planet’s resources are the goals of the Earthship movement, the realities of airline fuel consumption and the fact that the conferees’ meet-up is taking place in Portugal would make attendance hard to justify. 
Earthships, for those who haven’t been paying attention, are the most realized expressions of eco-friendly housing. True Earthships are off-the-grid residences constructed with “biotectural” building materials like soda bottles and used tires rammed with earth. Powered by photovoltaic panels and wind turbines, they use any number of clever recycling ideas to conserve water and control internal heating and cooling.
The idea originated in New Mexico in the late 1970s, championed by architect Michael Reynolds. His architect’s license was revoked after early disillusioned Earthship buyers sued over leaky roofs, mold, and other complaints (apparently the plaintiffs hadn’t taken the “experimental” nature of the projects seriously enough). But, following the release of the green movement’s hit documentary, Garbage Warrior, Reynolds’ license was reinstated. By now, Earthship projects have been completed well beyond New Mexico—they can be found in Europe, Central America, and ... more

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