"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.
"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
...[this] 2007 documentary... celebrates his life and work."
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
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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
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.
"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
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.
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
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.
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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