he EarthShip Movement About Radically Sustainable Living Biography Michael Reynolds is a highly versatile and prolific eco-architect, based In New Mexico, USA. He believes in the sustainable use of materials and the earth's precious resources, and designs wonderful houses, offices and habitats of all kinds on this abiding principle. Reynolds has recently received increased worldwide attention due to being the focus of a new documentary, 'Garbage Warrior', that follows his work and methods. He is known as "radically sustainable" due to his criticism of the profession of architecture worldwide as being wasteful, and in his ability to design from an understanding of self-sustainability, ie that the building and the humans who use it should be able to support themselves energy-wise and resource-wise (water and food) using the structure as the principal resource. Reynolds graduated in 1969 in architecture from the University of Cincinatti. His thesis on building from unconventional materials was published in an architectural journal, and he started building structures for himself, and then for clients. He realised during his studies and early designs that any so-called object of waste, be it a car tyre or an empty plastic or glass bottle, becomes as powerful and as important as a brick or any other conventional building material, if handled as such. His way of working is to fill the 'waste' object with sand or earth, and see it as an essential part of a bigger structure. One ...

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