‘For 35 years, architect Michael Reynolds has been experimenting with radical sustainable living in New Mexico’s desert … He believes that progress evolves through making mistakes…but not everyone sees it his way.’
So begins this excellent documentary film charting the trials and tribulations of Reynolds’ distinctive building techniques, or Earthship Biotecture as he’d prefer to call it. His work is imbued with a deep green philosophy of environmental responsibility to the planet, The American dream is now, he says, ‘How do we survive the future?’and so this follows on nicely from our post on the work of Brenda and Robert Vale. However, where the Vales were concerned primarily with a building’s autonomy, Reynolds verges towards survivalism. The American dream is now, he says, ‘How do we survive the future?’.
The environmental science of sustainable design has moved on considerably in the 40 years since he began building Earthships, but we still need thinkers like Michael Reynolds to question the boundaries that we create for ourselves. Watch this film, even just to be infected by his enthusiasm and persistence.
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