Haiti was devasted in early 2010 by an epic earthquake. Throw in 52 aftershocks and the hurricane season and you’ve got a country in desperate need.
There have been several ideas to emerge to help with the rebuild and aid in Haiti, but this one is one of my favorites. Earthship Biotecture builds dwellings from old tires, styrofoam, bottles and other waste materials.
The brains behind the operation, architect Michael Reynolds, says he intentionally doesn’t use the word ‘house’ because people have preconceived notions about what a house looks like. Instead he calls them Earthships, which are structures built from waste materials in local environments. They are durable and sustainable. Solar and wind energy are used to to generate power and heat and the homes are designed to collect usable water from rain.
Homes made from recycled materials are an excellent all-consuming use of what’s around, especially in places that have lost all infrastructure and have lots of waste about. This idea ticks all the boxes.
(Spotted in the Wall Street Journal)