#12 – Michael Reynolds – An Offgrid Legend Uncovering Light

A life spent building solutions

Michael Reynolds is the founder of Earthship Biotecture. He is an American architect based in New Mexico, known for the design and construction of Earthships which serve the following 6 principals:

  1. They self-heat and the self-cool
  2. They are made from recycled materials (used tyres and bottles)
  3. They collect water
  4. They treat sewage
  5. They grow their own food
  6. They generate their own power

Over the last 50 years Michael has been one the of the most prominent proponents of “radically sustainable living”. He has inspired generations of offgriders to construct buildings that are independent from the grid, multinationals and conventional thinking. His designs are guided by the principals of working with rather than against the Earth’s natural phenomena: convection, gravity, solar gain, light, flow etc.

He has been a critic of the profession of architecture for its adherence to conventional theory and practice, and he advocates the reuse of unconventional building materials from waste streams, such as automobile tires, and is known for designs that test the limits of building codes around the world.

For a more complete list of television interviews, books and lectures download the Michael Reynolds Media Resume (10MB).

This conversation took place in Japan during the Mima academy building in November 2018.

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