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Earthships: Not just for Taos anymore 

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Even the name "Earthship" sounds futuristic and cool. And upon close inspection, the sustainable design and construction modality doesn't disappoint.

Using the most popular alternative energy practices, plus incredibly efficient building techniques, the off-grid structures illustrate not only a wiser use of our precious resources, but an aesthetically beautiful merger with their environs.

When you head northwest out of Taos, N.M., on U.S. Highway 64, the Greater World Earthship Community appears on the mesa in the distance. It's the site of much tourist activity, but also an education center that touts the virtues of Earthship functionality and form over conventional modes of development.

Soon, a Boulder-based developer will launch Earthship Village Colorado, a cluster of 75 homes just east of Colorado Springs, endorsed by Taos' controversial creator and mastermind, and seeking residents desirous of living in such quarters.

Though at least one big hurdle remains — in the form of quite convoluted and complicated state water rights, as they pertain to rainwater catchment and well permits on the 400 acres — nature lovers should see ground broken in late summer on a model Earthship, followed by subdivision construction by Spring 2015.

Local environmentalists (and ordinary citizens alike, ideally) should be excited to see the green growth. Beyond being a road-trip stopover, this one promises to be a progressive show-stopper. Read the story here.

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