Earthship for this planet : What would the Architects do?

04 Apr

I just watched the movie ‘Garbage Warrior’ after for a long time wish to. First time I heard about the movie was when I attended the Green Economy and Planning Seminar in Germany. My Indonesian friend gave me, and told that this movie related to global warming, that’s all. I kept it in my laptop, but didn’t have time to open it at all. After some months, I read in Ms Astri Sari’ s blog about this movie, and it is related to green architecture. This has triggered a strong impulse to my desire to watch the movie.

It was about the very simple way to sustain in our planet Earth, and this architect Mike Reynolds would think and do anything just to build something which beyond conventional system can do. He invented the Earthship, a house which can produce energy, no bill for electricity, no bill for utilities, and even more, it has plants, trees, birds, to guarantee that we could live free at our own.

This earthship things attracted several young men, which came to help to multiply this earthship, but however, not everybody agrees with this awkward idea. The jurisdiction in Taos, New Mexico, did not agree for a house without road, water, electricity, and sewage. That could not be called a subdivision. It was good that Mike did not give up so easily, and he finally can propose something called site test law, which finally could be accepted after years of debating in the Senate.

The Earthship concept though is accepted in Bengal, India and Andaman Islands, where tsunami has devastated the place and wipes away people. The necessary things people would need in that occasion are : SHELTER, SANITATION, and WATER. Thus, Mike and his friends came together with the local people start to build the shelter to answer the need. The shelter was built from used tires, bottles, collected by the community, especially women, and children.

The tremendous thing from this is how we can learn to survive, because earth is leaking. If none of human beings care, end of days will come sooner. We as the architects, what would we do? Just follow the conventional rules and made thousands of houses which look the same, without seeing our surroundings suffer from scarcity of water and food, the high temperature due to global warming? Perhaps we could just think for a moment, what things that we have abundantly for free, and what thing could we make out of them. I, myself, perhaps also start thinking for some wildest idea for my own living place. Hope in the future, this will not be just idea, but also improving quality of life for people surround me. For now I would say it as THINK GLOBALLY but ACT LOCALLY 🙂

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Posted by on April 4, 2013 in ARCHITECTURE & PLANNING


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