Sunday, December 28, 2008

Film Review "Garbage Warrior"

The Garbage Warrior is a treat for anyone interested in sustainable housing or for those who may be looking for inspiration in the realm of policy reform concerning current subdivision laws, building regulations and city code related to eco-village development. Packed with many great quotes and real live examples of how excellent human shelter can be provided with little to no money, tires, dirt, wood and power tools, this film takes the viewer on an amazing journey through experimentation sites in New Mexico, India and a bit of New Orleans towards the end. What is revealed to the audience is a practical and highly effective way of freeing ones self from the conventional housing system that is currently un-sustainable for future generations and from a system that is wasteful in terms of Earths resources and one's perosnal hard earned cash. I highly recommend this flim to anyone on the permaculture path and for any person thinking about building their own house in an rural or eco-village type setting.

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What do beer cans, car tires and water bottles have in common? Not much unless you're renegade architect Michael Reynolds, in which case they are tools of choice for producing thermal mass and energy-independent housing. For 30 years New Mexico-based Reynolds and his green disciples have devoted their time to advancing the art of "Earthship Biotecture" by building self-sufficient, off-the-grid communities where design and function converge in eco-harmony. However, these experimental structures that defy state standards create conflict between Reynolds and the authorities, who are backed by big business. Frustrated by antiquated legislation, Reynolds lobbies for the right to create a sustainable living test site. While politicians hum and ha, Mother Nature strikes, leaving communities devastated by tsunamis and hurricanes. Reynolds and his crew seize the opportunity to lend their pioneering skills to those who need it most. Shot over three years and in four countries, Garbage Warrior is a timely portrait of a determined visionary, a hero of the 21st century.

Earthship n. 1. passive solar home made of natural and recycled materials 2. thermal mass construction for temperature stabilization. 3. renewable energy & integrated water systems make the Earthship an off-grid home with little to no utility bills.

Biotecture n. 1. the profession of designing buildings and environments with consideration for their sustainability. 2. A combination of biology and architecture.

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