Garbage Warrior


"I went to architectural school in the University of Cincinnati and I began right then to think that architecture was worthless... I was twisting the law to get sustainable housing out there..." ... "We don't want to scare people so much that they are paralysed by fear, because that's what this culture is."
~ from the film, 'Garbage Warrior'
I just ran into its trailer on You Tube and am downloading it and about to watch it.
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"Michael Reynolds is an architect based in New Mexico and a proponent of 'radically sustainable living'. He has been a forceful and controversial critic of the profession of architecture for it's failure to deal with the amount of waste that building design creates... ...[this] 2007 documentary... celebrates his life and work." ~ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garbage_Warrior This film is in parts, the others after this first one may be easily found on You Tube by following the link and looking at the right-hand list. It is recommended that this video be watched at You Tube if its screen is resized here.
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This link should work: 'Garbage Warrior'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnfBmXWUMQQ&feature=player_embedded

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Warm Worm wrote the following:

I lost interest after the second attempt to post the message.
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I probably would too. I'm dealing at the moment with a live Linux on a USB key; a flickering screen in Ubuntu Lucid Lynx; WinXP in a virtual environment that's stopped ACAD from running, videos that won't work, etc.... And it's not a virus. Thanks for your shoulder... Here's a napkin for the slobber.
Anyway, yes, Rico, exactly. Your last crosspost inspired me to send one to alt.building.construction. While I'm less than crazy about some aspects of earthships, such as for example sequestering ostensibly otherwise-fertile earth into old tires, I can still appreciate where he's coming from.
You wrote: "The earth sheltered thing makes sense anywhere except areas with high water tables and flooding."
And yet, if recalled, in the film he built one or some on an island that suffered a tsunami. I think they were elevated, but still... I wonder if any architect has ever had his license revoked more than once.
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He's the Earthship guy. Earth sheltered passive solar homes built from rammed earth tires, aluminum cans, wire mesh and mortar. Some of them are pretty interesting - the concepts are all useful and fairly easily incorporated into more traditional designs.
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RicodJour wrote the following:

How about in other than arid, desert like climates? Would they work anywhere along the US East coast, Northern US, NW coast, or anywhere in between where they get any kind of weather?
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Sure. The earth sheltered thing makes sense anywhere except areas with high water tables and flooding. Recycling gray water should be a requirement everywhere. Cheap building materials are a good thing. High in labor requirements, but low, very low, skill level required. Remember Dennis Weaver - the actor? He built a 10K SF one in Colorado.
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His first appearance: http://groups.google.com/group/alt.architecture/browse_thread/thread/489403a83a01f88e/10b2cf2dd2602396?lnk=gst&q=#10b2cf2dd2602396
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With proper design/construction is can work anywhere. Think-earth dams.
Recycling gray water should be a

Required by whom?

There's a diff between cheap and inexpensive.

You can't buy good construction but you can supervise it.

I saw a pik of Chester standing next to a tire with his hands firmly on the handle of a steel ram.
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"Ken S. Tucker"> wrote:

Thats a defensive posture and not good for successful design. Rather than what if, think what for? It's going to *leak*, now how do you deal with it? Make 2 roofs, one on top of the other and the bottom one is continuous, that is, it can't leak. It acts as a drain/divertor to make the water go where you want it. The water is at a disadvantage cause it don't think, it just does. The designer must be smarter than the water. (that almost rhymes)
My workshop top sheathing is waterproof - continuous 1 piece steel panels with neoprene seals at all seams. But I still have a layer of #30 felt with taped seams below it. Torrential downpours and tons of snow and I haven't seen a drop inside yet, and don't expect to, in my lifetime.
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A couple points. An earth sheltered structure does not necessarily equate to being buried. Some designs have a pueblo style roof with vigas and all, and the roof has spray applied insulation and waterproofing. That's very common in the Southwest, less so in other parts. That's probably due to the typical Southwestern design with low slope roofs behind parapet walls - it makes it easy to do the spray thing. In other parts of the country there'd be a need to deal with the edge of the roof and a way to make the roof look more uniform as it's visible from the ground.
The roof is often used as a rain water catch, and the runoff is diverted into a tank. It's tougher to do that with a grass roof.
As far as the load on the roof structure, one foot or 150# is about all that would be needed if someone were to use the roof as a garden.
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Then the tree dies from (human) virus infliction. Does the tree have any say in all of this?
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wrote:

It's saying, "Piss on me".
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On Fri, 10 Sep 2010 18:08:56 -0700 (PDT), Warm Worm

'dumplings'? It wouldn't be gray water then, right? <BSEG!>
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I'm talking about kitchen scraps.
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We throw ours out in the yard, in the morning they're gone. It's called recycling. :-)
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