Earthship Fife construction workshop run by Michael Reynolds [participation, research] Kinghorn, Scotland; 1-10 Aug 2002

Kolakowski, Marcin M. (2002) Earthship Fife construction workshop run by Michael Reynolds [participation, research] Kinghorn, Scotland; 1-10 Aug 2002. [Event, Show or Exhibition]

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Construction of a visitor centre in Kinghorn run by Mike Raynolds. Autonomous house – Earthship – made out of car tires, rammed earth and recycled materials, construction of a green roof.

“What is an Earthship?”

Just as a ship setting off on a long voyage must provide for all the needs of its crew, so an Earthship provides for the basic needs of shelter, water and electricity through its design and systems.

An Earthship is a passive solar building with thermal mass. This means that it maintains a comfortable living temperature year round. It is made from natural and recycled materials – predominantly earth-rammed tyres and aluminium cans. It is powered by renewable energy, such as wind, water and solar power. It catches its own water supply from rainwater, and treats and contains its own sewage in planter beds.

Earthships are a concept, not a set design. They can be adapted for any climate worldwide. Earthships offer people the opportunity to build their own homes and make a conscious decision to live lightly on the earth.

Both the functionality and the aesthetics of the Earthship have been adapted for Scotland in the Earthship Fife project.

“Where did they come from?”

Earthships were first developed in South Western USA in the 1970s. Since then they have evolved tremendously and now exist in virtually every climate. There are over 2,000 Earthships and they are spreading fast! For Earthship Biotecture in New Mexico, please visit Earthship Biotecture

“Where did Earthship Fife come from?”

Earthship Fife was brought to Scotland by Paula Cowie, the founder of SCI. Paula visited Taos, New Mexico, in 1999 and “accidentally” stumbled upon one of the Earthship communities. They soon became the subject of her Masters dissertation at Stirling University and, not content to look at only the theory, she set up the organisation to fundraise for the first UK Earthship. In 2002 the funds were in place, planning permission was secure, and Michael Reynolds and a team of experienced Earthship builders arrived to deliver the training course that started the building. During the 2 year building period over 225 volunteers enjoyed some aspect of creating Earthship Fife.

Keywords:Architecture, Alternative Technology, Sustainable architecture, Workshops
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K210 Building Technology
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K290 Building not elsewhere classified
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K100 Architecture
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K130 Architectural Technology
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Architecture)
ID Code:18090
Deposited On:31 Jul 2015 11:25

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