The concept of the earthship was first described by Michael Reynolds in 1971. He was an architect and a visionary, who wanted to create a new way of living that was independent, creative, and fulfilling. The concept came from wanting to create a home that was not dependent on the conventional systems of society, such as electricity, water, and sewage.
He wanted to create a home that was not harmful to the environment, but rather beneficial and regenerative. A home that was not boring and bland, but rather artistic and expressive.
To achieve this dream, he started to experiment with different materials and designs, and came up with the idea of using earth-packed tires, glass bottles, aluminum cans, and adobe to build the walls, floors, and roofs of the home. It was Reynolds that first came up with the idea of using passive solar design, water harvesting, and food production to create a healthy and comfortable environment. In addition, he also came up with the idea of using a U-shaped layout, which maximized the solar exposure and the living space.
Reynolds called his creation an earthship, because he saw it as a vessel that floated on the sea of life, rising and falling with the waves. He saw it as a home that was self-reliant, sustainable, and comfortable. A home that was not only a shelter, but also a machine, a garden, and a work of art.
His first earthship was designed in 1988, and since then, he has built hundreds of earthship homes around the world, in different climates and cultures. He’s also taught thousands of people how to build their own earthships, through workshops, books, and videos. The Earthship Biotecture Academy was founded in New Mexico, where he trains students in the principles and techniques of earthship construction and design.
He has also faced many challenges and obstacles, such as legal, technical, and cultural barriers, that have tried to stop or limit his vision. Also, facing many critics and skeptics, who have questioned or dismissed his ideas. He’s faced several failures and mistakes along the way that have taught him valuable lessons and improvements.
But never giving up on his dream, he continues to spread his message and mission of earthships, to anyone who is willing to listen and learn. You can learn more about attending the Earthship Biotecture Academy.