Meet Johanna Jacob from Common Paradox (http://www.commonparadox.com), the architect who has been involved in preparing the plans and the model for the permit process for CELL’s Äerdschëff Project.
Voici Johanna Jacob de Common Paradox (http://www.commonparadox.com), l’architecte qui a préparé les plans et la maquette pour le processus d’obtention des permis de construire pour le projet Äerdschëff de CELL.
One might wonder why this project is called Äerdschëff, the Luxembourgish form of the word earthship. Without a doubt, the Äerdschëff is directly inspired by Michael Reynolds’s brainchild. Working in New Mexico since the early 1970s, Reynolds’s ambition has been to help humankind out of the ecological devastation that was, and still is, underway. The earthship was designed to be fully self-sufficient: an off-grid home that provides for both energy and food for its inhabitants. Equipped with solar panels, rainwater harvesting, a convection ventilation system and a plumbing design that recirculates grey water in planters and treats sewage on site, Biotecture, Reynolds’s company, claims the earthship’s Global Model works in any climate and terrain. Furthermore, it is built using waste materials such as cans, glass bottles and tires, thus reducing the burden on landfills.View full post…
« Faszinierend ist sie, die Idee eines Earthships, eines nachhaltig angelegten, autarken Gebäudes. Bei ihrer Umsetzung in Luxemburg werden Vernetzung und Partizipation beim Bauprozess im Vordergrund stehen.
Bald werden hier Schulklassen die Pflanzungen besichtigen und NGOs Seminare veranstalten. Im geplanten Bistrotbereich im Wintergarten wird man Biowein trinken und den Fischen im Aquaponik-Aquarium zuschauen können. Eine Art neues alternatives Kulturzentrum soll nämlich in Redingen entstehen, gleich neben dem Atert-Lycée. Das ist aber nicht das Besondere an dem Projekt – und dass auf der anderen Seite ein Cactus-Supermarkt liegt, auch nicht.
Would you like to embark on the journey of a lifetime for a year-long European Volunteer Service (EVS) on an earthship-inspired project in Luxembourg? Are you under 30 and a resident of the EU?
CELL is currently working on the design and implementation of an ecological and participatory building project that is supported by public authorities and a philanthropic foundation. We are planning to build the earthship-inspired building during 2017. Through this project, CELL combines responses to current societal challenges in terms of energy transition and training in natural building. The project that we’re developing is a self-sufficient building, based on the principles of the ‘earthship’, i.e. autonomy in terms of water supply, electricity supply, wastewater treatment and thermoregulation. The project also has a strong food component. The materials are as far as possible natural or reclaimed/recycled.View full post…
It’s been an intense time so far at the Earthship Academy in Taos, New Mexico.
What kind of place is Taos, you wonder? It’s absolutely beautiful to be at this high altitude in a plain surrounded by mountains. The climate is arid (6 inches of rain per year), and my skin feels really dry here. The air is crisp, it’s very quiet and remote. The Greater World Earthship community is surrounded by sage brush and sun flowers, though when you go closer to the Rio Grande canyon, the vegetation gets a bit lusher with more presence of water. There are mountains that are over 13.0000 feet (4000 m). There are coyotes howling at night, snakes including rattlesnakes, tarantulas, wild horses, deer… You can see very far (so comforting and such a contrast to plucky little Luxembourg hills), and because of this one gets the privilege of perceiving many different weather systems at once. When it rains, the skies are just beautiful, the light dramatic and rainbows abound.