Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Earthships — now an app

Posted By on Wed, Dec 9, 2015 at 3:04 PM

Last year, I reported on the bold Earthship Village Colorado development, now underway about 20 minutes east of downtown. 

Plans call for 75 homes, "conceived in the style of Michael Reynolds’ famous Earthship Biotecture in Taos, New Mexico," on 400 acres, cut into self-sufficient five-acre parcels. 

The costs for a home, depending on Earthship model selected, should range between $250,000 and $450,000, while DIYers can get the job done with their own sweat (on their own land) for as little as $50,000 to $100,000. 

And now, instead of purchasing costly plans from Reynolds (previously sold for $1,000, he says), Earthship enthusiasts may soon download a 40-page set of construction drawings inside of the Simple Survival Earthship App for only $9.99. 

In a posting announcing "the most sustainable tiny house in the world," Reynolds says the app should be available Saturday, Dec. 12, calling it his "Christmas present to the world." 

click to enlarge The sightly, organic appeal of Earthships. - KIRSTEN JACOBSEN, EARTHSHIP BIOTECTURE
  • Kirsten Jacobsen, Earthship Biotecture
  • The sightly, organic appeal of Earthships.


click to enlarge Earthship creator Michael Reynolds presented at East Library last year in coordination with Earthship Village Colorado. - MATTHEW SCHNIPER
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  • Earthship creator Michael Reynolds presented at East Library last year in coordination with Earthship Village Colorado.

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